Senra - Jamie

Last year, when I first tried on the Senra Jamie avatar, my impression was far from positive. It seemed like a regression, a relic not up to par with the advances in Second Life. Despite claims from the Senra defenders that these models aren’t trying to outshine the mesh avatars from Second Life’s creators, or that they are perfectly adequate for newbies, I wasn’t convinced. Surely, new residents are entitled the very best that Second Life has to offer.

Unaware that these avatars were still in their beta phase, I didn’t anticipate further improvements. However, with the announcement of a recent update to Senra, they piqued my interest enough to take a second look.

Slipping into the updated version of the Senra Jamie mesh head with last year’s shape, I noticed some changes. The mesh had a subtle overhaul—still not stunning, akin to sculpting a water balloon, but Jamie now looked marginally improved. The texture of the skin remains a low point, though; until the best skin designers on Second Life step in to upgrade Jamie, she’s doomed to be somewhat of a featureless form.

I vaguely recalled some clothing from the previous version and noticed some new additions this time around. Surprisingly, the apparel and the included body were decent. However, the lack of diverse foot shapes is a letdown—heels aren’t an option with only flat-footed avatars. Even more puzzling is the decision to outfit Blake and Jamie in identical wardrobes, blurring the line to suggest that these avatars are meant to be androgynous.

Whether these revamped Senra avatars are enticing enough to retain new players remains a mystery to me. As of yet, none of the popular skin brands have taken to creating for Senra, which doesn’t bode well for their widespread acceptance among the current user base.

Have you tried the latest Senra avatars? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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