The Back Story.
The hype around the Vanity Universe Skin Fair is intense, and that means everybody and her alt wants to get in. When you do manage to finally score a spot on the bus, you’ll get a warning notice to tone down your prims, scripts, AOs and gadgets that result in a high rendering cost. The higher the rendering cost — and the more people insisting on wearing their flowing locks, killer shoes, and I-have-to-pee animation overrides — the worse the lag will be. Chances are, you won’t even be able to see anything but shadows of gray. Take it all off, peeps.
That doesn’t mean you have to run around buck nekked like this gal did. In fact, with some basic clothes on, I had a rendering cost less than hers (100 on me vs 115 or so on her).
No, put’cher drawers on, darlings. I’m posting this to illustrate that it is possible to look kinda cute without lagging up the joint or otherwise looking like a total pinhead — at least cute enough for a high traffic area where no one is paying any attention to you, anyway, because they’re all getting ga-ga over skins.
“What are these ‘rendering costs’ she speaks of,” some of you less technologically inclined might be asking (and I’m pretty low-scale on the techie meter myself; there was a day when I didn’t know rendering costs from a hole in the ground).
The ARC (avatar rendering cost) is a point score, explains the Second Life wiki on the subject, showing how “costly” it is for a graphics card to render an avatar. You can think of it like this; the more junk you have on, the more energy it takes to render you. As the wiki explains, it’s not the last word on what makes a place laggy or not, but you can be sure that if everyone at the Skin Fair kept her (or his) point score to 150 or less, the lag wouldn’t be so awful.
Taking those flowy bits off and just wearing the piece like a little jumper, I went down to 100. That doesn’t look so bad, does it?
- Shirt: Willow~ – shirt from romper set – 0L (former hunt item)
- Shorts: Coco – Denim Shorts – 0L (group gift)
Look #2 (not the naked chick):
- Dress/romper: Snowpaws – Tangerine – 0L (former group gift)
- Top: Icing – Angel Food Cake (part of outfit) – 0L (former lucky board)
- Shorts: Hani – Myroom Pants – 0L
- Body/bathing suit: Whippet & Buck – Lola