I went to the Vanity Universe Skin Fair 2011 today. I knew it would be busy and I’d heard residents say they’ve been having trouble getting in and complaints about the lag. Popular events like this are always going to be laggy, but residents can do a lot to minimize the lag.
We all want to look fabulous, but an event like the Skin Fair isn’t the right place to show off runway fashions. Leave your high-prim hair and scripted shoes at home. Discover what your ARC is and try to reduce it.
ARC (avatar rendering cost) refers to how expensive it is to render an avatar. The more detailed the avatar is, the costlier to render it, increasing processing time. Most of the time, a high ARC probably isn’t a big deal, but a lower ARC can make a difference at a high-traffic event like the Skin Fair. In the official viewer, you can turn on ARC under Me > My Useful Features > Show Avatar Rendering Cost.
Scripts are the worst offenders so opt for simple hair (or better yet, just a hairbase), simple shoes, and detach heavily scripted items and HUDs. One great tool to weigh your scripts is this excellent (and free!) Weight Scale Script Counter by Beebo Brink of Brazen Women. I never leave home without weighing in.
You can look good with a low ARC. My low-ARC outfit is just 100 including my AO. Some residents are wonderfully creative with low-ARC looks. Yet I saw some avatars with ARCs over 10k! I hope they look good to themselves because the rest of us probably can’t see much more than clouds and grey prim blobs. On the bright side, you can block these avatars from rendering to you altogether. Just right-click on the avatar and choose Annoyance > Block.
Another thing that may help your performance is to temporarily adjust your graphics settings while you’re at the event. Normally, mine are set at Ultra, but for events like this, I’ll tweak them lower.
In the end, I managed to get into the Skin Fair on the second try and I could walk easily with minimal lag, but I was unable to do any shopping. Although I was able to preview some demos before coming to the fair, most of the signs never rendered so I couldn’t see what I was shopping for. Maybe I’ll try again later.
- Skin: Gina, Sunkissed, 01 Bare by Tuli
- Hairbase Tattoo: Dark Brown by Amacci
- Eyes: Mynerva for the Geekgasm Hunt
- Top: Vest over Tank in Maroon by Dernier Cri
- Leggings: Ducknipple
- Shoes: System shoes textured and colored
- Pose: Desire
- Location: Vanity Universe Skin Fair 2011
- Viewer: Linden Lab 2.5.0