So yesterday, I posted the good stuff I found at Hair Fair 2010. Today however, I’m coming out with the bad stick.
Welcome to Hair Fair 2010. An exercise in waste, lag, and complete inefficiency. Now, I’ve been going to Hair Fairs for awhile now. Every year I faithfully fight through the unwashed masses and mind numbing lag to find hair that doesn’t blow. I’m a good consume, I spend my money, I donate to the charity du jour and then I bitch about it later. Because after all, that is what Second Life is for. To give people something to bitch about.
The theme for this year was apparently “How to look like a Trade Show”. As I made my way through the stores I was scared and wanting to sleep badly all at the same time. I wanted to take a nap because every trade show I have ever been too was mind numbingly boring. I was scared because I half expected at every turn of the corner to see some wide eyed kid from 4H screaming “LOOK AT THE ANIMAL I DONE RAISED IS IT NOT SPECIAL?” And then I’d have to awkwardly compliment the livestock while hiding the urge to eat it. But moving on, was there really a need for baked textures, excess prims, and a host of other shit we did not really need to consume mass quantities of digital weaves?
There is no hair in this picture. But I guess I was going to be forced to rez it anyway since it was in every single tent. What does it have to do with hair? I am not sure. Did it make my shopping process smooth and enjoyable? No. Did I lag walk and get stuck in the lights at least 12 times? You betcha.
Giant Arc thingy advertising some fashion thing in the future. The builder, who is less than a year old would like 50,000USD and she’ll make you a project. This were also in a lot of places. Also, they had easels everywhere with pictures of hair. Could I buy these hairs? No. But oh why not, let’s rez them anyways.
Often, when I am in a severely popular and laggy place, I decide to sit there in the store and say to myself “Well shit, I will try on all the demos right here”. And while I do it, I will spam gestures, wear all of my clothing, huds, and AO’s and BY GOD I WILL WEAR MY SCRIPTED HEELS. Haha, I am just kidding. I don’t do those things. However the people who do are jackwads and should be beaten with a week old halibut until they promise never to do it again.
Hey Designers, I get that you are all fabulously creative people. And that you want to express that creativeness and individuality whenever you can. But for the love of rubber walrus protectors, stop decorating the flaming bejeesus out of your stalls. Some of you were better at this than others. the one above is good. (except for the lights on the floor). I stood there for 10 minutes going “Hey rez so I can see if you’re a box of something or not” and then I finally realized there was no hair for men so I got emo and crashed.
Some other things of note:
- I think I bought charity hair. I can’t be sure however as they were never clearly marked like in Fairs past. There was no universal “Hey this is the charity hair” Vendor and I think there really needed to be one
- 4 Separate Sims. It was worth a try, I will give you that. However, you didn’t take into account one thing. That would be Linden Lab and their continued ability to fuck something so simple up as a teleport. It did not prevent lag as lag was more severe this year. But you get props for trying something new. Sadly it just didn’t work out.
- The whole secret admirer thing wasn’t cool. People like transparency. It makes them comfy and it lets them know exactly who they are doing business with.
Now, before you go thinking I’m being all negative without offering solutions you’re wrong. Hair Fair 2011 people, you paying attention? Good.
These should be your stalls for next year. 3 Prims, one boring color. Make the sim one whole color too with no decorations. Allow designers to put their logo, one LM giver, and then their hair and nothing else. Watch how much lag drops. Also, you’ll be able to fit more stores onto each sim. Maybe eventually reduce the number of required sims for the fair.