Any av with a brain (or a budget) loves demos. Any designer worth their snuff provides them. But when a demo defeats its own purpose, why bother?
While wandering the commercial wilderness of our virtual world, I decided to investigate all the fuss over Redgrave skins. There are certain stores in-world that I think are a bit over-hyped. Redgrave has been one of them. Who wants to pay L$400 for a shirt? But even with outrageous markups on fashion, the skins have been the main attraction, intriguing me and standing out in snapshots. I had never gone to look at them before, so tonight I popped in and grabbed the Tyra and Julia demos.
Immediately, I was miffed. Hello, scan lines.
I understand if a creator wants to protect against theft or make it really hard for an av to walk down the street with any sort of pride wearing a demo skin. But honestly, do we have to look like old television sets receiving a poor signal? I think I see a Tampax commercial on in the background.
I buy skins for a number of reasons: skin tone, shape of the face, makeups, body shading, and (of course) price. Out of all these points, it’s because of the face that I buy a demo. My shape is not fit for every skin, and testing it out and studying every detail as much as possible is important to me. Sure, buying a demo doesn’t break my bank. But drawing all over the important parts and covering up what you’re actually selling is over-doing it. Let me see the skin, please, before you ask me to refinance my house to buy it!
Hair by Aden
Earrings by artilleri
Top by PixelDolls
Lashes by Digit Darkes
Eyes by Hal*Hina
(Sorry no LMs tonight. Gotta hit the sack!)