Thursday, February 3, 2011

SecondLife "MegaPrim's Revisited" How Useful Will They Be, or Not? "Upcoming 64x64m to Change Everything?"

By Avatar JayR Cela

    The past few days, I have noticed an increased interest on the SL Forums dealing with the MegaPrim and upcoming increase size limit allowed by the Lab that will enable resident's to create and build with there own large prims, to a maximum 64x64m  (meter) size. Currently we are limited to 10x10m official maximum, unless you are using MegaPrim's.

    There have also been reports of seemingly, and randomly selected sized existing MegaPrim's, suddenly vanishing from existing builds. After some poking around various SL related Blogs, and reading independent Forums. As far as I can tell, this was a glitch of sort's that occurred during a recent Server RC roll out. There have also been report's of the aforementioned Mega's, missing from people inventory's as well. Apparently they are no longer in LL's main Data Base. Whether this is actually true or false, I am at this time unsure. I have several current builds composed of mostly Mega's, and they seem unaffected.

    So what to do? I am currently not really ready to give any advice, other than this. Soon we will be able to create our own prims up to 64x64m in various shapes and sizes, while not having to worry about them snapping back to 10x10m if you inadvertently attempt to resize them. This is the current result while building with Mega's now. So what's all the fuss about ?

    Does this mean MegaPrims will no longer be useful ? I don't think it is a matter of usefulness or not. Of course they will still have a niche place in very large custom builds, that the 64m standard will be unable to fulfill. What I do see as a potential disaster, is if the Lab decides to suddenly pull the plug. ( fix the bug that allowed Mega's in the first place ) You don't think that could happen ? Well looking back over the past five and a half years I have been using SL. I have to say "Don't Count On It" LL has proven itself time and time again to be extremely unpredictable. Saying one thing, and doing another, and in some extreme case's, exactly the opposite.

JayR Cela :_)

P.S. BTW I stumbled upon this MegaPrim Web site while preparing this post

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