My new snapshots of the Kitely Welcome Center


Check out my new snapshots of the beautiful and welcoming Kitely Welcome Center. Snapshots were taken on 12th April 2015 on the Kitely grid. The Kitely Welcome Center opened back in September 2013 and it still looks great today I think.

Kitely Welcome Center

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Kitely Welcome Center

Kitely Welcome Center

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There are info boards, freebies, a showcase of worlds/stores to visit and much more around the Kitely Welcome Center to see. There are regular Kitely Community Meetings that take place to discuss user requests, issues and upcoming features. Keep updated on all things Kitely!

Meeting

The Drax Files Radio Hour #63 – Interview featuring Dennis Harper about the closure of SL GO


Show 63 of The Drax Files Radio Hour is now available to listen to and this week the podcast features an interview with Dennis Harper on the closure of SL GO. Dennis Harper talks about the past of SL Go when it was in beta with mentions of OnLive, Firestorm, Apple, Sony, app reviewing and much more.

At 43 minutes Dennis Harper says that Sony is a game company and that they have virtual worlds before. Dennis said he would look to smaller companies to do a Second Life copy like SL GO and he said stop silly petitions, it’s not going to work.

At 45.43 Dennis Harper shares his final comment on the SL Go project saying thanks and he hopes that SL Go can continue in some way shape or form with someone else.

What are your views on this interview ? Please comment! :)

SL GO Interview with Dennis Harper on The Drax Files Radio Hour coming soon


On Friday 10th April 2015 show #63 of The Drax Files Radio Hour will be available (7am) featuring an interview with Dennis Harper who is the project manager of SL Go. He will be sharing some new interesting information about what happened with OnLive/SL Go and hopefully more about what happens next / near future.

I think it will be interesting to hear what actually happened and I hope something can be done to save or something to replace SL Go in the coming months/years. The show #63 should be available here tomorrow morning.

Don’t miss this episode tomorrow morning.

A brief history of SL Go


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This is a special tribute blog post to the amazing SL Go service that’s closing on 30th April 2015. Over the past year the SL Go team have put into hard work into the service to ensure that the experience worked. I would like to say personally to the SL Go team thanks so much for the service during the past year. Good luck for the future! :)

A brief history of SL Go from March 2014 to April 2015

The launch of SL Go mobile app 5th March 2014

Pre-March 2014 Linden Lab selected SL residents to help test and review the SL Go app. The exciting news came when Linden Lab announced SL Go open beta on 5th March 2014. The main issue was pricing and that it wasn’t available on IOS devices.

SL Go app

Special podcast on the Drax Files Radio Hour 7th March 2014

The 9th episode of The Drax Files Radio Hour podcast was aired featuring interviews with OnLive’s Nate Barsetti and Dennis Harper who talked about the public beta of SL Go.

SL Go on month later 5th April 2014

There was mixed feedback and surveys to fill out a month after the launch. SL Go was available on Android, PCs and Macs. It was not ready for iOS and IPads.  On 3rd April 2014 OnLive announced new updates on pricing and more support for more countries around the world. The pricing model changed and the price dropped a little.

7 days free trail period on SL Go 3rd June 2014

OnLive offered new SL Go users a 7-Day Free Trial with sign up for an unlimited access’ subscription package.

Free Trail SLGo

SL Go: SL11B promotion – 22nd June 2014

During SL11B new users joining SL Go were offered 75% off the first month of an unlimited access subscription package.

Draxtor adventures with SL Go in real life11th November 2014

Draxtor Despres created a new advert using SL Go on the road in real life featuring Torley Linden voice. “lets SL go places”

SL Go “Refer A Friend” program 14th November 2014

During early November 2014 OnLive announced a new SL Go “Refer A Friend” program. Anyone can earn $10 for every referral who converts to a paid SL Go subscriber. This was a limited time only offer.

SL Go teleporting issue email30th January 2015

In late January 2015 the SL Go team sent out an email to all SL Go users informing them of an issue with the SL Go SL viewer that prevents teleporting. The SL Go team gave all SL Go subscribers a free month to make up for time lost.

SL Go – New users can now pay with L$ 9th March 2015

In early March 2015 OnLive announced that new users joining can buy weekly subscriptions inworld using Linden Dollars (L$) for a limited time. Existing users with monthly subscriptions were told that this feature would be rolled out in near future.

Firestorm Mobile is now live on SL Go23rd March 2015

OnLive announced that the Firestorm Viewer was available for mobile devices including Android and iOS thanks to overwhelming demand from the SL Go community. This was really exciting news for all Firestorm users and SL Go users to hear about.

SL Go service closing down on 30th April 20153rd April 2015

In early April 2015 OnLive was acquired by Sony and SL Go is set to close down on 30th April 2015. Apparently all SL Go services will continue to operate until 30th April and all services will be free for SL Go users or anyone that creates a new account. The SL Go Island will continue to be online for a while but the Pay with L$ feature has been removed.

After 30th April 2015 the SL Go/OnLive data centers will shut down and the service will be offline. All accounts will then be closed down and all credit card data will be deleted. Apparently no refunds will be available for any subscriptions.

SL Go online petition update 2 – 7th April 2015

If you want to try to save SL Go then please sign the online petition here. 225 supporters have signed already. Spread the word and lets try to save it.

The Future – 2015-2020+

It’s a real shame that the SL Go project is ending after a year in service and I hope in the near future that something like SL Go can happen again. We will have to wait and see what happens in the years to come.

So lets log into SL Go and make the most of it before 30th April 2015. It’s free for all SL Go users and for new account signups.

SL12B regions have arrived


In a few months time Second Life will be celebrating it’s 12th birthday celebrations and this week the SL12B regions have arrived on the grid. There have been no announcements yet on the planning details / key dates for SL12B.

I would imagine there will be some news about this very soon. Stay tuned and I’ll blog more when I hear more. :)

What would you like to see happen at SL12B this year ? Theme ideas for SL12B ? 

SL12B regions arrive

SL12B regions arrive

SL Go online petition update


155 supporters so far have signed the online petition to urge Sony to keep SL Go open and we need to spread the word about this to keep SL Go open. I wish this petition the best of luck and lets hope something will be done. If this online petition fails and doesn’t have much impact it will be a major mistake.

SL Go has only been around for a year and it’s proven way to access Second Life using mobile/tablet devices. I have to say lot’s of SL residents are relying on SL Go on a daily basis and the SL Go team have put in so much effort over the last year to make the service work.

Sony should save SLgo. Many people rely on SLgo every day to access the Virtual World Second Life. It is very important to many people for accessing what has become a large piece of their lives and by shutting it down you will be removing an important way to access what is our second life!!! Please save SLgo!

If you want to save SL Go then please sign the online petition here.

SL Go service closing down on 30th April 2015


It’s really sad news and very disappointing to hear that the well-known SL Go service will be closing down on Thursday 30th April 2015. OnLive has been acquired by Sony and SL Go is to close down.

Apparently all SL Go services will continue to operate until 30th April and all services will be free for SL Go users or anyone that creates a new account. The SL Go Island will continue to be online for a while but the Pay with L$ feature has been removed.

After 30th April 2015 the SL Go/OnLive data centers will shut down and the service will be offline. All accounts will then be closed down and all credit card data will be deleted. Apparently no refunds will be available for any subscriptions.

An online petition has been created to urge Sony to keep SL Go open, see here.

This news came directly from Dennis Harper who is the product manager at SL Go and it reads in full this…

To my good friends and partners in Second Life,

It breaks my heart to tell you that OnLive (OL2, Inc) has been acquired and will be closing down the game service, including SL Go.  The official press release is attached.

SL Go Island will continue to exist for a while, but we have removed the Pay with L$ feature.

The OnLive and SL Go services will continue to operate in full capacity until April 30.  All services will be free to anyone who has or creates an account.  All prices for the service have been set to $0.00, including SL Go.

On a personal note; you all have been so supportive of SL Go.  You have my heartfelt thanks for all you have done.  I have made some good friends in SL and it greatly saddens me that this project is ending.  You all have accepted us n00bs into your community and mentored us on what Second Life really is.  I have learned so much!  My sincere thanks to all of you.

I’m sure you will have lots of questions.  Please send to me, and I will respond as quickly as I can.

-Dennis-

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To our SL Go community:

It is with great sadness we must announce that OnLive’s SL Go service will be coming to an end. Sony is acquiring important parts of OnLive, and their plans don’t include a continuation of the SL Go service. However, your service should continue uninterrupted until April 30, 2015. No further subscription fees will be charged, and you can continue to enjoy SL Go on all of your devices until that date.

In our year of SL Go service, we have become quite close to the Second Life® community. Thanks to your patronage and constructive feedback, SL Go became one of OnLive’s most successful services. We know how important SL Go is for many of you, and it saddens us to bring the service to a close. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to you for being a part of “SL Go by OnLive” and wish you all the best. For more information, please see our FAQ section.

With warmest regards,

Everyone at OnLive