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 Post subject: Introduction to Virtualia Hair
PostPosted: Mon March 22nd, 10:28 am 
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When Primitive Is Not An Adjective
A guide to Second Life hair

When first entering Virtualia, one will of course wish to have the hair that best suits one's persona. How is this to be achieved? Let us examine.

There are two basic types of hair in Virtualia. (No, I'm not talking about blonde and brunette.) The first type, the type that all new avatars used to enter the game wearing, is the type of hair that is edited in the appearance menu. This "hair" grows directly from the head, but due to the limitations of the program, it does not move and small details are not easily achieved. This hair can look unfortunately growth-like if not carefully managed, which is why very few girls wear it grown out. Rather, they set their avatars to "bald" so they can wear storebought wigs! Shocking? Yes, but the aesthetic effect is far superior

The second type of hair, and the most popular, is an object taken on and off of the head and stored in the inventory. This hair is called primitive hair, not because it is inferior in any way, but because it is made of Virtualia objects known as primitives, or prims for short. Primitives are the building blocks of Virtualia, available in a few set shapes that are alterable in several specific ways. Most primitive hair is made of a combination of cut and tapered tori (I had to look up the plural of torus!) for hair that holds its shape, and flattened, flexible cubes for flowing locks.

Some primitive hair also employs a special primitive called a sculpt, which has a customized 3D map applied to it. This map can make the primitive into any shape at all, only limited by the skill of the sculptor. Sculpted hair sometimes has the special problem of appearing as a cluster of spheres before it loads fully.

All hair, of course, is covered with special hair textures. If the textures have not fully loaded the hair will appear gray.

Well, girls, that's what I have so far. If some of you would share your favorite places to get free or very cheap hair that would top this off quite nicely.


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