Monday, September 13, 2010

Beware the CC Key! advice to dollmakers/builders

Kelsea tries to help rescue me from the originally poorly designed CC Key


For those who may read this, that are not clockwork persons, you should know- there are many kinds of key, and each has a specific place and purpose.
  Some keys don't even turn! But they look pretty, jeweled or shiny, and in places that forbid scripts, they are good choices.  Some turn but have no other functions; In crowds, clubs or teaching classrooms, these are great; low ARC, ( doen't help make Lag), no sudden surprises as someone winds you, decides to shut you down, and no spamming updates- "Wendy-Doll has 5 minutes before she winds down", or more intimate phrases that some possess.
Of course the fun ones emote, have sounds and animations, particles, rezz other items, and offer the restraints and disabilities and disadvantages that us clockworks live with daily.
  HOWEVER, in the end, they are worn by us, not those that play with us- not our owners, not dollmakers, etc. Us. We have to put them on, make sure they sit right, reset the scripts when we badly cross sims or enter a no script zone, etc.  That's why, though it may be fun or "realistic" to make a key that forbids dolls to touch or affect the key, it is just freaky silly to make one that does not have it as an option.
 Let us decide.
Case in point is the CC Key, which not only was made to start with 0 minutes, it starts in "untouchable" mode! This means the moment you put it on, you flop over, out of time. You also are unable to wind yourself, and neither can anyone else! If this item automatically locked onto you upon wear, it would qualify as a griefing item and we could get it removed from Second Life. Since it doesn't, and it is worn on the spine slot, simply wearing your pearl necklace or whatever attaches there, will replace it and free you.
  This item is in MY inventory, not some domme or owner who can just plunge it into my spinning thoracic gearbox package whenever they wish- and remove it and fix issues with it, etc. So guess where all those Lindens (dollars) went?  FLUSHHH!!!
Please understand, I love being what I am, and am not saying there should be no disadvantages or restrictions / restraints on us clockworks, it's part of being a doll.  What I am saying to designers is, design your items with the purchaser in mind- give us the option to turn on and off self winding, sound, emoting, let us be able to change its color or texture- beds have 500 different textures of comforter, keys have 1? And lastly, PLEASE dollmakers, most Lolita and doll outfits have cute bows and skirts and such that attach to the spine, chest, pelvis, stomach slots. not to mention Sensations and Xcite  bodyparts. If I have to choose between your key, or my new 800$ Linden dress and some other key that comes ready to attach to all those slots plus left and right pec,,, see my point? I know Lustbaby and Mecha, Rygel Ryba and A.I Tech already have pec attaching keys, AND they come with 30 minutes of wind, in the "touchable" position. I hope this helps my coin and key operated brothers and sisters to become more informed, so we can live fuller lives, making people happy!


  1. Hello Wendy,

    Like any complex system there's a little setup needed. I'm glad one of my Assistants was able to get you all sorted out though, I'm sure you'll have quite a bit of fun.

    Remember dolls, always shop arround for a Key there's a very very wide range of internal and external configurations. The ~CC~ Keys are made for seamless immersion rather than more Kink oriented avenues.

    If you have any more Questions feel free to drop us a Note card.

  2. Now now, Honoka worked hard on those keys and for once was trying to do things different than normal. I'm pretty sure you double click for a menu or something like that (you should really try reading the manual, just as you should do for ANY new device). I agree there are some things in the key that could use tweaking (a small default amount of time is useful, my keys only give 5 minutes by the way), but overall they're very nice keys and probably my fiercest competitor in the key market right now.

  3. The amount of response to this post has been amazing- in world and out. The first thing I learned is how many dolls like me are really out there, and I am very pleased to be able to put out information to us all as I get it, good or bad.
    Here's some good! Builders for the ~CC~ Keys have talked to me many times, and have changed things, and are in the process of changing even more. They already have the fun key that adds realism by adjusting your wind-time based on your activity level, and now when these little tweakings are made, like options that are changeable by the key owner (the doll)and more, I think if a new one comes out that looks delicate ( i have lots of the clunky looking ones) I will be running to pick one up! My thanks to all the designers out there who are so avidly helping us have a more fulfilling and enjoyable Second Life!