Friday, November 15, 2013

Second Life Dude Looks Like a Lady

   Hello this blog is written as my second life fashion model alt, yes Elliana Inkpen is a woman. She was created to first off, make my life easier. How many started a business in second life and realized wow if I make this a Metasexual Product then I will need a female avatar to try it out. Now Linden Labs Second life is a virtual world and there are far less restrictions on avatars then any other virtual world and lindens biggest question is are you real or will you be a scripted intelligence being or well a robot. They do not care if you are human, female, male, transgendered, fury, alien, lycan, vampire or Metasexual.  Metasexual is a avatar that has either store items that female and so he needs to test them. So you have two well maybe 3 choices ... First give them to others but then you must grant them maybe more permissions and as well maybe there are things you want to personally adjust. Next you can buy or create a female skin shape and clothing and save a copy and switch over when you want to test ..... Now that personally made me feels strange and well if a friend visits in the middle of it all you may give them the wrong ideas ...   Honestly ,many people may not even notice but anyway the other choice is to make a female alt avatar to do all the design and modeling with. This is much easier and as well maybe you should take a walk in a woman's shoes if you are designing things that females will be buying and using. So this is what I have dubbed as Metasexual and it is a phenomenon in these virtual worlds. Now granted I am a male and I as well design for both males and females, I first realized that I needed a solution a few years back ... I became tired of changing back and fourth rather quickly, fortunately I have multiple high end computers and I am able to use either viewers on separate machines and sometimes with my workstation I can run multiple viewers at maximum settings on the same machine.  I tell you all this as the point of this blog is to document the meta-verse as a female from the design and artists as well women's avi point of view. As a designer and a 3d artist I am greatly curious as to marketing, building and creating merchandise for all avatars. To do this i must look at things from what I like to call a Metasexual point of view.  This term has no real bearing on sexual preference but rather in a female avatars tastes and styles compared to the males ... In reality all it took for all the male avatars to add sunglasses take of there shirts and cover there avatars in tattoos was a single female to tell him he looked hot ... I have to laugh my ass off about this because it is all too true. As well being a bad boy or a bad girl in second life has very few real life consequences.  You do not know who is behind those dead and staring eyes. And that is mostly impossible to read without the thousands of tells and facial muscle movements as well body language that we use in real life, as a fact you are going on appearance and text messages and sometimes voice communication going on. In all the years I have been here in Second Life one of the most amusing things to me is the escorts and the all the note cards almost like the Vegas strip once you get to and adult sim, The one thing I always chuckle about is the prostitutes signs saying voice verified.  Now even if they have someone ask to hear the voice to verify its a female I always laugh as all it takes is one female verifying for all these call girls that are just  avatars ....   maybe male maybe female.   So these are the first things that come to mind as a female avatar ... But I am here to build mesh, design and create artwork whether I am wearing a male or female avatar.  I do look around in both avatars at the products that others create, and often male and female have the same problems from anything from animations to how mesh or other clothing fits. I though have a better understanding of marketing, business and as well the everyday challenges of women in the metaverse ....In the meantime before I published this article I went and took a look around as a female avatar even more, this time letting her roam under the guise that she is a model and well I see so many new and interesting things daily ... Honestly the shopping side of Secondlife totally caters to the female and the female avatar. As a male well we decide to find say the best weapons shop, or well say a tattoo and maybe that great looking hair ..... Well women here have tattoos as well as hair and I have came across quite a few dangerous women here ....   one such woman castrated a male male avatar I used in a specific Role-play sim called Crossroads a few years back then again Malkavian vampires are all crazy. But on with the point for women there are clothes, shoes, skins, hair , more clothes, outfit accessories etc again and did I mention more shoes ...  So being a designer and 3d model and sculptor if you ignore the womens side well you are really cutting out where a lot of the shopping money comes from.