The Big Prim Problem
The official Linden blog has recently has a post/disussion on the use of giant prims within SL. For the uninitiated, these megaprims are any prim over 10m in size, all of which were created by hacking the SL client. They are incredibly useful for builders as a prim saving measure – a 40m by 40m by 0.5m will replace 16 normal prims – and I’ve used them myself for creating large walls and floors. Here’s the original post…..
The Lindens have rently been trying out the Havok4 physics engine on the beta grid, and have rently taken the physics offline there, and put it back again a few days later…..
The conspiracy theorist in me wonders if the Havok4 engine is in some way having problems with giant prims, and the Linden blog post is a gentle way of maybe introducing us to the fact that they’ll be gone when Havok4 is introduced to the whole grid?
Let’s hope not, as the amount of work to replace them all with normal prims will cause huge headaches, drive a lot of builders away, and maybe give up their land and not come back.