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A Deep Dive into an Overpriced and Poorly Animated Gamer Desk in Second Life

by Prisqua Newall
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A Serendipitous Find: The Erfe Design Gamer Desk

I was scrolling through Flickr when I stumbled upon this ad for a gamer desk from Erfe Design. Picture this: a spacious desk with two screens, and you know what’s really cool? They didn’t hide the cables at the back. It was so relatable, it felt like a snapshot of my own computer corner at home.

A Deep Dive into an Overpriced and Poorly Animated Gamer Desk in Second Life

And oh, there were these adorable pictures of a couple striking different poses on the office chair. So cute; I was totally sold. I just had to check out the event where this gem was being showcased.

First Impressions: A Tale of Disappointment

So, there I was, standing in front of the desk that looked just as awesome as it did in the picture. But then, I took a seat on the chair, and bam! Disappointment city. I could almost hear my sister’s voice in my head, teasing me about being the odd one out because I fuss over the poses in a chair.

But come on, I can’t be the only one who chooses furniture based on the quality of the animations, right?

The Silver Lining: Less is More in Animations

Let’s kick things off on a high note: it has few animations and sequences (I love sequences). Like I said in a previous post, who needs a hundred animations in one chair? Seriously, who’s got the time to sift through all those just to take a seat? So, it is a relief to see this chair only has 8 single poses.

A Deep Dive into an Overpriced and Poorly Animated Gamer Desk in Second Life

The Downside: Irrelevant Poses and Lack of Immersion

The problem with the poses though they are irrelevant to the desk.

A Deep Dive into an Overpriced and Poorly Animated Gamer Desk in Second LifeThis desk claims to be a gaming desk, but it lacks the immersive gaming animations or even practical work features one would anticipate. Instead, you find yourself writing on a notepad prop and typing on a laptop prop, both of which feel detached from the gaming experience.

To add to the confusion, there’s even a tray of food prop with an absurdly unrealistic size. It’s a puzzling combination that simply doesn’t make sense.

Furthermore, the couple poses advertised alongside the desk don’t align with its intended purpose. As someone who already owns several chairs with adorable couple poses, this office chair feels redundant and irrelevant.

The Verdict: Is It Worth the Price?

The only circumstance in which I would consider buying this desk is if it is included in the weekend sales. Even then, I would get rid of the chair and solely use the desk itself.

However, the computer screens lack any form of animations or interactivity which diminish the value of the desk, making me question whether it would be worth the purchase, even at a discounted price of 100L.

A Plea for Creativity in a Sea of Repetition

The purpose of this post is to shed light on the lack of attention to detail in a time where the virtual world is saturated with numerous events. Recently, I’ve noticed a decline in creativity, with many items feeling like repetitive versions of what we’ve seen before. It’s disheartening to encounter a plethora of rehashed products that don’t evoke excitement or a sense of novelty. Instead, they leave us thinking, “I’ll consider purchasing it when it’s on sale.”

Evolving Shopper: My Journey to Mindful Purchasing

In the past, I was the kind of shopper who would buy items on a whim, swayed by glossy advertisements or a well-shot picture by a blogger on Flickr. I mean, who wouldn’t be tempted by those pretty pictures, right? But here’s the thing: bloggers are in the business of creating beautiful images, not necessarily scrutinizing the finer details of a product. So, I often found myself stuck with purchases that looked great in photos but fell short of expectations in reality.

And it’s not just the bloggers to blame. Sometimes, the creators themselves can be misleading in their advertisements. They might not provide enough information about the product, or not bother to offer a demo. It’s like buying a pig in a poke, and more often than not, I ended up with something I never used because it wasn’t what I expected.

Now, I’ve learned to be more discerning. I’ve learned to read between the lines of an ad, and I’ve become familiar with brands that have let me down in the past. I’ve learned to be cautious, to look before I leap.

I have a love and hate relationship with the weekend sales, but in occasion they have been a game-changer for me. They’ve given me the opportunity to try out products without a demo, but at a lower cost. It’s like a safety net, allowing me to explore without the fear of wasting my Lindens.

And you know what? I’m not squandering my Lindens as much as I used to. I’m making purchases that I’m genuinely satisfied with, and that, to me, is a win.

A Deep Dive into an Overpriced and Poorly Animated Gamer Desk in Second Life

The Power of the Consumer: Demand for Quality and Originality

When events first open, I eagerly visit them, hoping to discover innovative and captivating creations. I’m more than willing to partake with my Linden dollars, but only in items that surpass mediocrity.

The abundance of similar and lackluster offerings has compelled me to be more selective in my purchases. I seek out items that exhibit originality, craftsmanship, and a touch of ingenuity.

It’s time to break free from the cycle of buying products simply because they’re available. Instead, let’s demand and support creations that go beyond the ordinary and ignite our imagination.

As consumers, we have the power to shape the virtual world by recognizing and rewarding the efforts of talented designers who push the boundaries of creativity. By embracing a more discerning approach, we can inspire innovation and encourage the development of unique and remarkable products.

The Ideal Chair: Quality Over Quantity in Poses

When it comes to chairs, it’s not necessary to have an overwhelming number of poses. Instead, having a few carefully selected and uniquely themed poses that align with the purpose of the chair can make all the difference.

For example, a kitchen stool should indeed have poses that reflect the act of eating in a kitchen. It would enhance the overall dining experience in our virtual homes. Similarly, a bar stool should offer poses that capture the essence of enjoying a drink at a bar, creating a more authentic atmosphere.

And when it comes to a comfy armchair, having poses that are tailored to activities like reading a good book, watching TV, or even knitting can bring a sense of coziness and relaxation to our virtual living spaces.

It’s disheartening when we encounter seating furniture, be it chairs, stools, or comfy armchairs, that are overloaded with an excessive number of poses that bear no relevance to their intended use. The worst part? Most of these seats seem to share the same generic animations. It’s as if the concept of sitting comfortably in a chair or lounging in an armchair has been completely overlooked. This lack of attention to detail and disregard for context-specific animations is disappointing.

As a consumer, I want chairs and furniture that are thoughtfully designed, with poses that enhance and contribute to the overall ambiance. Is it too much to ask for?

Here’s an idea that could revolutionize the way we think about virtual seating: instead of cramming a gazillion poses into one chair, why not offer a set of four chairs, each with a unique set of poses? This way, each chair brings something different to the table, quite literally.

Consider this: when we sit at a dining table, we often find ourselves using the same pose over and over again, simply because nobody bothers to scroll past the first page of poses. By offering a variety of chairs with different poses, we can enrich the seating experience and make it more dynamic. What do you think?

The Missed Opportunity: A Gaming Desk with Potential

If the goal is to create a gaming desk, it would be an excellent idea to incorporate a chair with unique gaming poses. Whether it’s single-player gaming or couple animations for those who enjoy gaming together, the addition of specially designed animations would enhance the overall SL gaming experience.

Moreover, it would be fantastic to have a gaming video playing on the screen, with the option to turn it on and off as desired. This dynamic feature would add a touch of realism and create an immersive environment for gamers.

While it might be possible to modify the screens to achieve this effect, it would have been ideal for the creator to consider incorporating this feature from the start.

Having said that, I recommend the Erfe Design brand. They have showcased their talent and creativity in other pieces of furniture. In the case of this particular gaming desk, it simply fell short in meeting the expectations of a gaming enthusiast like myself.

Final Thoughts: A Call for Innovation and Attention to Detail

Dust Bunny and Con Rosemary kitchen stoolAs consumers, we have the power to demand and support products that go beyond mediocrity. It’s time to break free from the cycle of settling for repetitive and lackluster offerings and seek out items that exhibit originality, creativity, and a dash of innovation.

When it comes to furniture, including chairs, let’s prioritize quality over quantity. It’s not about the sheer number of poses, but rather having a few carefully selected and thematically relevant poses that enhance the intended purpose of the furniture.

Whether it’s a kitchen stool, a bar stool, or a cozy armchair, the poses should contribute to the immersive experience and create an authentic atmosphere.

In a virtual world where creativity and innovation should thrive, it’s disheartening to come across products that lack attention to detail.

The gaming desk from Erfe Design appeared promising at first, but its accompanying chair left much to be desired. While the desk itself maintained its allure, the chair’s poses proved irrelevant and disconnected from the intended purpose.

How do you choose your furniture? What do you look for in furniture before making a purchase? What’s your take on the number of poses in virtual furniture?

I’d love to hear your thoughts and experience 🙂

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1 comment

Jess August 4, 2023 - 5:27 am

The real problem with so many furniture creators is laziness.
Buy a full perm model, buy full perm animations, copy the AVPos on the animations into your furniture, and quickly reposition. Sell.
With things like Midjourney now too, they don’t even have to create their own textures, just make a prompt and have the AI do it and then bake the textures on an AO map.

What takes the good quality creators days or weeks of work, takes others a couple of hours and the quality is noticeable. You get animations where you’re halfway through the arm of a chair or you’re typing on a laptop floating above the ground with no surface.

Not everyone can make animations, I understand that and buying them is fine. But a lot of creators need to curate their selection better.

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