My feelings about DAZ are really kind of wonky right now.
The last…., well I guess the last two years here were terrible. I’m surprised they survived what happened to their store. And the way Genesis 2 Female / V6 were introduced, at least looking at it as a customer, has to be the worst release of anything I’ve ever seen. No attempt to built up a hype, no explanation what the new figure was or what it was for or what was wrong with the still relatively new Genesis, the incredibly crappy ‘bonus items’ that came with the pro bundle, the little amount of content (not to even touch on it’s quality…) - not to mention that Genesis 2 is now stuck at an awkward spot between Genesis and V4 and Dawn and I’m getting nightmares about what that might mean for it’s future content.
Not to mention the figure. Looking at V6’s arms made my eyes hurt the first time I did load her into a scene. But I think my heart skipped a beat when I opened Reality and saw that her surfaces no longer have numbers according to the maps they use. No way that this decision was made in a sober state.
Unfortunately things are not that easy. As for the figure, now that Dawn has been released, I am starting to understand that, for the time being, Genesis 2 Female / V6 is the best figure in the room - at least imho. And for all her faults…I like the figure. I think she looks great. She’s only a few fixes away from looking completely awesome. Her mapping is still a giant bummer - but on the other hand, DAZ is starting to use normal maps more, which is nice. I want more content for her and I am willing to buy it. Especially if it’s not as bad as what we’ve seen so far (mostly seen, I guess, there is some great stuff, of course).
And DAZ, the company…they’re doing a bit better. Not great, the store still has problems, they still seem to have given up on building any kind of hype towards their figures…but the last few changes to the store made things better. They have started to appear back on the forums again, which is nice. And while to good old days of vouchers seem to have passed for good - there have been quite a few nice coupons recently that always seem to make me buy stuff.
There have been a great many letdowns with DAZ in the recent past, but for the first time in months I am getting the impression that they are making an effort to make things better again.