I was not waiting for the Genus Project mesh head update because I haven’t worn it since the end of 2020. Then I saw a notice recently that there was an update, so I wondered if all of the previous issues with the HUD and eyes were resolved. When I first tried on the Genus Project Baby mesh head back in April 2019, I liked it a lot and it became my main head for over a year, even though it had issues from the start! Those issues were never updated, so eventually customers and brands flocked to other brands.
When Genus announced an update recently, I was very curious and kind of looking forward to something new. I was ready to be drawn back to Genus, as long as the updates are good and the skin designers supported them with new skins.
Within the first few minutes of putting on the Genus 2.0 Baby head, I felt like I had been transported back in time. All of the issues that I noticed back in 2019 are still there, but now with the added complexity of 4K, 4K BoM, and regular BoM. I tried on an old system skin, an applier skin, and the Genus 4K BoM skin. All of it applied fine, as long as the correct skin selection is chosen and paired with the right alpha (or no alpha) layer.
Right now I’ll wait until more brands release updated skins for Genus before committing to buying products for it or wearing it long-term. I also noticed there was no option to adjust the eyes position, and the Genus support team is telling people to just wear unrigged eyes. That’s not a solution, Genus! Please bring back the eye positioner, that was the only thing that made wearing the original Genus an option for me, to fix the wonky eyes that sit too low on the head for my taste.
There’s a lot of potential in this head, but it’s also way more complex than necessary, and there are still issues that prevent me from fully switching back. Have you tried the new Genus update? Let me know in the comments!
All current owners of the Genus Project mesh head can get a free delivery by joining the SL group and getting the redelivery HUD: secondlife:///app/group/a6f4ef80-b04e-af48-eb13-55603ed73461/about