Since the last post about ARMA 3 and the new island of Altis I’ve made more journeys around the island.
The skins are very lifelike and the clothing is made of mesh. While there are female skins made by modders there are no female shapes in ARMA. Hopefully this changes soon. Women do serve in combat jobs around the world and also as paramilitaries.
A scenic view from a hilltop
Beautiful volumetric cloud
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I saw a friend post a commissioned artwork portrait and loved the style of the artist. Here’s Inspector 97′s take on my Second Life avatar:
As you may recall from my last post I have been playing with the ARMA III alpha (now a beta) and marveling at the size of the maps. Up til recently all that was available was the Stratis island map which had about 20 sq KM of land area. This past week Bohemia Interactive released the Altis map (which is based on the real life island of Lemnos in the Aegean Sea).
Now for those of you familiar with island sizes in SL let’s begin a comparison. A sim in SL is 256 sq meters, that is, 256 meters on a side. 4 of them together is a bit over 1 sq KM at 1,024 sq meters. So 20 sq KM in SL would be equal to 20,000 divided by 1,024 times 4 equals 78 SL sims. This is comparable to the Blake Sea region in SL. The island of Altis has 270 sq KM of land area but if you include the adjacent water and bays it is 900 sq KM. In SL sims that is 1055 sims and 3515 sims respectively. This dwarfs even the Blue Mars maps which ranged up in size to 64 sq KM in area.
Here’s a few pictures from the island I’ve taken the past few days on my solo explorations:
A helo is a quick efficient way to traverse the island. I stink at flying helos! Ground vehicles are more my style.
I am on a hill west of the major airport about 3 kilometers away. Beyond it are 3 towers for solar power plants a further 2km beyond the airfield.
I prefer to drive an 8 wheeled APC due to its durability. If I lose control in a pickup or jeep I could wreck and be faced with a damaged vehicle or die!
A salt flat on the eastern side of the island.
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I’ve been playing with the ARMA3 Alpha and have been thoroughly engrossed by the 3D environment of the game ARMA3 is the successor to the Tactical shooter game, ARMA2. The vehicle and body physics are superb. The maps are up to 255 square kilometers in size. Yes, that is right, that is about 1000 SL sims in size with no awful sim crossings to contend with. IN the Alpha there are 3 cars, 2 helos, and two boats you can use to travel around the island of Stratis. The Beta is arriving soon and there will be even more vehicles to drive.
If you want to get around quickly you need some wheels
A boat is nice for cruising the rocky coast of this Greek island
The clouds are gorgeous!
Recently a new beta of Space Engine was released with a set of new features. The results are spectacular, but sadly I encounter a lot of cashes with it. These will be worked out in time but menawhile the imagery it crates is amazing.
A new feature I love is Aurora.
Keep your feet on the ground and your head in the stars -Casey Kasem
This seems to be a theme recently, picturing myslef with a different skin or shape. Today Gorgeous Yongho posted a very nice pic of new “Liz” shape and I commented to her that it was a very nice picture. She then gave me a copy and I tried it on:
I must say the change was very dramatic and pronounced. This shape is very similar to Gogo’s own personal shape. Her shape is very unique and it transcends even skin tones. With this LAQ skin (Claudia 2) GoSpeed now takes on a more Middle Eastern or South Asian appearance.
Here’s a side by side picture for reference:
A long long time ago, back in 2006 my avatar was very different. I used a simple shape and free, white skins. In March 2007 I decided to be different and use a dark “ebony” skin. Since then I’ve pretty much have had the same shape and upgraded skins a few times. Always ebony skins because it was part of my SL identity. It is interesting though to play with your look and try different things. I recently saw Marsha Runya post her pics on Flickr and liked her skin. I popped over to Glam Affair and got the Rosa Basic demo pack. The “African” skin was of course very nice, but I was intrigued by the lighter tones:
Not too bad really, but is it “me”? What do you think?
My current LAQ skin
Sometimes it’s more sensible to walk away for a while. If it’s worth having it will arrive.
While you’re waiting dig up some dirt on someone’s medical background
Just don’t tell Santa though!
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