22 February 2013

Meta_Body II at Delicatessen

The Delicatessen sim, a project of Meilo Minotaur and CapCat Ragu, has just re-opened with a new set of installations to celebrate Meta_Body II. If you're not familiar with Meta_Body, it's an exceptional opportunity to acquire, at no cost, some fantastic avatars. Recently a call was issued to the Second Life community, inviting the contribution of avatars for Meta_Body II, resulting in 26 new avatars by 22 creators. These are, for the most part, unusual avatars—it's a virtual world, after all, so what's the point in always looking like real life?

For Meta_Body II, avatars were contributed by alpha.tribe, CapCat Ragu, Cherry Manga, Cherry Ravinelli, Cica Ghost, Cold Frog, Ella Magnolia, Eupalinos Ugajin, Fitch Woodrunner, Fuschia Nightfire, Ggabriel Madruga, Kikas Babenco, Meilo Minotaur, Mimesis Monday, Moki Yuitza, Piedra Lubitsch, Rhojen Resident, Serenvide, Simotron Aquila, Ursula Floresby, Veleda Lorakeet and Wanda Beamish.

To roll out these new avatars, Meilo and CapCat created four new spaces, or stages, where the boxed avatars are waiting for you, and they're shown in this post in order (with the main landing point shown at the end). As CapCat said, "The avatars in stage one are more animalistic, stage 2 lace and ruffles, stage 3 steampunk and vintage, and stage 4 the ethereal ones." The installations are fantastic—I especially enjoyed the first and third areas. (I haven't tried all the avatars yet, but I know I'm in for a treat.)

Throughout the sim are exceptional sound installations by Takio Ra—not ones that you need to have a stream turned on to hear, and do turn your volume up. (Headphones are best, I'm advised.) If you're able to contribute, do consider leaving a donation to support Delicatessen near the main landing point, where many classic avatars from the original Meta_Body are available. More information can be found on the Delicatessen blog.

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