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Joshua Nightshade’s Abstract Avatars

Josuha Nightshade handed me a landmark to his store following my appealing for quirky lower traffic places in game to review. The store is on its own dedicated homestead sim and sells robotic avatars and accessories.

The prices are very reasonable with a good number of freebies and then the paid items starting at just L$50! What compelled me to stay long enough to find this out though was the layout and design of the store, much of which seems to be the handiwork of Lordfly Digeridoo.

Sector 7

Sector 7

The inside of the store uses glow well! I normally am a little, well… very much against glow as most people drastically overuse it (often because their graphics cards don’t permit them to see just how glowy things really are)! But here is is used well and to great effect. The whole store has a futuristic feel to it.

Abstract Avatars

Abstract Avatars

My only complaint on the layout is that was easy to get lost if you flew a little too far. The map at the store front was great but would have been improved with teleporters on it. One awesome touch is the projector style used in the building for many of the posters and for the map too.

Abstract Avatars

Abstract Avatars

Now for the merchandise itself. I am actually not a big avatar fan, in so much as I tend to stick with my one human avatar, overly perfect skin, well preened hair and eyes the girls seem to just love. But I did try out one or two of the free avatars Joshua has out available in store and it is easy to see the quality. Although far more simple than his premium avatars, these freebies really do show off the neatness of Joshua’s work and how well the avatar works too. Flawlessly! The design stands out and again remains true to the theme he wishes to follow. The animation he has used allows the avatars to be very, very small and compact.

The store is laid out clearly insofar as you can see everything when you enter an area straight away. There is a gifting option for those who wish to send the items as gifts as well. This is a great idea!!

The place is somewhere worth visiting whether you are an avatar fan or not, simply for its loyalty to its futuristic theme. Futuristic is done badly in a lot of places in game and it is refreshing to see it done to perfection here! Go visit!

You will Abstract Avatars here.

January 20, 2009 Posted by | Shopping | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Screwball Cartoon Avatars Sim

I confess…I have a soft spot for the Smurfs. Those loveable retro blue midgets bring back some rather happy tv memories. And the massive Smurfy presence on the Screwball Cartoon Avatars sim played a large part in my spending hours on this sim!

This is an entire region of a cartoon theme. The island belongs to Jenee Marten, whose landing point takes you to the front of her avatar store (which is also very cartoony in build). She sells some really cool avatars in there. There’s Looney Tunes, South Park, Smurfs and other well known ones and then loads  of original stuff including some really hilarious adult avatars. She has regular ones, tinies and miniatures. I have a couple of the miniatures from here and I personally haven’t seen better done toon avatars in game or avatars smaller than this in game either. They really are that awesome! There’s a lot of freebies available in the store too, cartoon type slippers etc.

Screwball Cartoon Avatars

Screwball Cartoon Avatars

What I love about this place is the fact that its focus is fun and not just commercial activity. Yes, the store is on there and the store is awesome. But this is a full sim with some really cool cartoon features. There’s a really great Smurf Village (which is perfect size if you’re wearing the Smurf miniature avs), there’s a giant Smurf statue on a hill (I’m going on about Smurf’s a bit too much here aren’t I?). There’s a cartoon style haunted house and little cartoon cottage, as well as a little Peanuts themed area and Winnie the Pooh themed area as well, a little Marvin the Martian  and planety more stuff too!!

South Park Elementary Replica

South Park Elementary Replica

The Smurf Village

The Smurf Village

But it isn’t all just things to look at. There’s stuff to do too! There’s Bumper Boats that you can tour the whole island on and cartoon trivia on one of the decks over the river. For fishing fanatics, probably the best feature will be the 7Seas Fishing Deck. There’s a LOT of custom catches available here. While I was fishing there I caught some really funny original fish (yes they’re cartoony) and others around me caught some pretty cool animated shoulder buddies. There’s a list of all custom catches available to take too, which tells you there’s a SMurf shoulder buddy in there (here I go again with Smurfs), a Devil, Santa amongst others. And, surprise, surprise, they’re all cartoonish!

One thing not to miss is ‘Little Willy’s Porn Emporium’ which is a dirty little cartoon themed porn shop! You read it right! In there you can buy the ‘adult’ cartoon avatars Jenee Marten makes but the concept is original and funny.

Little Willys!

Little Willy's!

All in all this is definitely a must see place. It’s completely different and very original. I haven’t seen a better cartoon sim in Second Life™. For anyone looking for fun stuff to do in Second Life, this is the way to go! You can find the Screwball Cartoon Avatars region here.

December 6, 2008 Posted by | Miscellaneous, Stores, The Weirdly Wonderful | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Anonymous Blanks by Vladimir Rakosi

This is arguably one of the coolest concepts I have come across in game. The Anonymous Blanks were created by Vladimir Rakosi and are…well to be honest they’re simple plain blank robot style avatars. But there’s a twist. You can accessorise these in such a way that is fairly addictive, to be honest.

Hosted on a sim called Xntra City, the first stop has to be the factory, where you can be turned into an Anonymous Blank. You simply sit on the platform and go round the conveyer belt to be ‘converted’ by means of some entertaining object givers and instructions. This is completely free of charge and is a great means of introduction to these avatars. By the time you have gone around the conveyer system, you’re a Blank. Attach your HUD to play sounds and an animation. It then brings you out into the little shop where you can pick up a free Construction Helmet or buy upgrades and accessories for your blank (from L$ 10 to L$ 1000 depending on the product). But even if you opt not to upgrade your Blank, what comes with the free version is pretty impressive. As well as the sounds and the animation on the HUD, if you click your head you will find a whole menu there too, with options to change your floaty text above your head, change the colour of your avatar, even add memos and reminders to a small built in function there. There is even a “tip hand” function which, for the cheekier amongst you, turns your right hand into a tip jar if you wish to attempt to collect handouts. They really are very cool and with a little more word out about them I could see them taking off. It’s a quirky concept. I think people would start to create their own accessories as well. My main complaint about the factory itself is that if someone else is on the conveyer, you cannot use it. And as it can take a good five minutes for someone to get around there (if they’re being slow) you can find yourself waiting around for a while. If it is possible, the addition of a second platform would be good as a lot of people will not wait around in Second Life™.

Coming out of the factory, the rest of the sim has a lot to offer as well, though admitedly much of the sim is made up of stores including a puzzle/gadget store and a second Blank accessories store as well as the Xntra City balloon factory which sells, well… balloons! There’s a building area and some boat rentals as well. The main thing to note about the entire sim though is just how well built it is! It’s very well put together and is unique in both its theme and concept. The building work is also done by Vladimir.

All in all it’s a sim that is worth a visit for its sheer unique approach. It really is a lot of fun and will not go unappreciated by the architecture lovers either. It really is very quirky. Have some pictures!

Xntra City

Xntra City

Xntra City

Xntra City

Inside the Factory

Inside the Factory

The Anonymous Blanks Factory

The Anonymous Blanks Factory

Go along and visit! It’s well worth the teleport.

You will find Xntra City and the Anonymous Blanks here.

November 24, 2008 Posted by | The Weirdly Wonderful | , , , , , | Leave a comment