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365 days of SL, day 10

365 days of SL, day 10:


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It wasn't long ago that I tried enabling Light/Shadow (already mentioned on day 7) in SL for the first time. Whether it's worth it or not very much depends on your environment, but if you're outdoors, for instance, the effect can be dramatic.

It's not just the shadows that make the scene appear more realistic, either. The un-shadowed parts are also brighter, and coupled with the contrast between them and the shadows, the whole scene really gains that "middle of a sunny day" feeling.

And perhaps it's one of those "you had to be there" things, but it really has a strong effect on my mood, too; not quite the same as literal daylight therapy would, perhaps, but I've found that even just looking at a warm, sunny scene on your screen can have a noticeable impact on how you feel.

That said, Light/Shadow still drags down my framerate by a factor of 10, so I don't keep it enabled unless I'm taking screenshots. A pity, really; maybe I need a new video card, but I'm not sure what kind would give acceptable framerates in SL, and I'm told that it's not really possible to plan ahead there, either. Apparently you decide "this is how much I want to spend" and then see what framerate you get out of it, as opposed to specifying what you want/need and then finding out how much that'd set you back. But it's not on the table either way, and I'm disgressing, anyway, so I'll just stop here.

Location: undisclosed (but about the same as on day 1)

Tags: 365 days of sl, computer hardware, second life
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