Super Poke Pets is Closing?! – UPDATED

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click here to see spp player’s message to google – over 200 protest habitats

And just what’s the big deal with SPP anyway?

 

Though no announcements have been made in the forum at http://superpokpets.com, an article on techcrunch.com says that we can all expect to see Superpoke Pets, and all other slide applications, disappear in “the coming months”.

Coming months? That’s specific!

P layers are already scrambling on the forum, looking for verification, but as of this posting, all we have are a handful of articles  –  which isn’t surprising. According to All Things D .com, the Slide teams were only notified this afternoon that everything they’ve worked on – including an application that was only launched 8 days ago – will end. The article goes on to say that Max Levchin, the founder of Paypal and head of Slide, as well as the second in command  Jared Fliesler are leaving Google.

Can’t say I blame them.

This comes only three months after Slide announced massive changes to the Superpoke Pets platform, including the end of “gold” items, as well as many other paid features and even ended new releases in the virtual coin shop.  Those changes took place through July, and by August first players were settling in to the new landscape, forming new clubs and even inventing contests and games to keep the forums and the site active. Now Google has pulled the rug out from under players once again, with no warning. A repeat of the last changes.

Though the SPP website has no news on it, Slide.com has updated their website with a message to users, announcing the end of their applications.

We wanted to give you all advance notice that in the coming months, a number of Slide’s products and applications will be retired. This includes Slide’s products such as Slideshow and SuperPoke! Pets, as well as more recent products such as Photovine, Video Inbox and Pool Party. We created products with the goal of providing a fun way for people to connect, communicate and share. While we are incredibly grateful to our users and for all of the wonderful feedback over the years, many of these products are no longer as active or haven’t caught on as we originally hoped.

Most importantly, we wanted to take this opportunity to reassure you that we’re committed to helping our users preserve their data as easily as possible. We recognize that many of you have stored valuable content with us and want to assure you that, wherever possible, you will have ample time to download that information or transfer it to another service.

Despite the last paragraph, it’s pretty doubtful that Superpoke Pets users will be able to “save” any “data”. How can they? The game is structured through databases that, to my knowledge, users can’t legally access (think the same kind of databases that hold passwords). Or am I wrong? Is there a way to download your pet and your items so that you can keep poking and decorating in private? Or will our virtual pets really be “dead”?

Slide asks that users send “questions or feedback” to feedback@slide.com, but really, what is contacting them going to accomplish? Superpoke Pets, and the other Slide applications, are not compatible with the mobile Android system, which has apparently becomes Google’s new focus. Oh the horror if you can’t surf the web and play your games while driving, eating, drinking, walking, camping, and shopping.

UPDATE:

This appeared on the forum shortly after 1 AM:

Earlier today we announced that in the coming months we will begin to shut down many of our products, including SPP. We know all of you love your pet, and we wanted to provide you with plenty of advanced warning. SPP won’t be retired for about six months. We hope this will provide you with time to play with your pet, capture snapshots of your favorite habis and connect with the friends you’ve made on SPP.

We know this is a sad day for many of you, and it is sad for us, too. SPP has been a major part of many of our lives for the past three years. Thank you for taking care of your pet and for creating such an incredible community.

The SuperPoke!Pets Team

So, there’s the answer. In January or February of 2012 Superpoke Pets will be no more, just in time to ring in the new year.

UPDATE 2: Here’s the link to the petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/SPPersUnitedtoKeepSPP

UPDATE 3: I received this in my SPP inbox:

For those who may be interested, here is a link that provides info (phone/fax/address) to every google office in the world. Check it out & if you’re interested, feel free to let them know how you feel about them KILLING our game.

http://www.google.com/about/corporate/company/address.html

I have already contacted the office nearest me. I actually spoke to a real person too. She was really nice, she listened to what I had to say, transferred me to the voice mail of who I needed to speak too, and told me that google has been getting calls/letters/faxes by the THOUSANDS everyday about spp!

Remember, every single person who contacts google is helping the cause.

UPDATE 4:  After contacting community support and asking if there would be any way for us to save our pets and inventories to our computers, this was the reply I got:

Thank you for contacting the Community Support Team!

We know that many people’s favorite thing about SPP is the items and habitats they have gotten for their Pet, and we are currently researching options for allowing you to export some of this content. While we don’t have any details at the moment, we will be updating the Playground forum as soon as we do, so please continue to watch there for further announcements. As we have announced, SPP will not be shutting down for
about another 6 months, and we hope you’re able to use these next few months to have fun with your items and with all of your friends.

Finally, if you didn’t see our recent announcement, it addresses several of the common questions we have seen about the shut down:
http://goo.gl/C6sYY.

UPDATE 5: There is a movement to try to get CNN interested in doing a story  :

(from my inbox)

“…Here’s the number to CNN that I called… I had to wait for about 5 min for a live person to answer… . The person who came on pointed me to the right area where I had to leave a detailed message with my number & email… Then, about 15 minutes later I received a call from a Tip Manager… The more people who do this, the more chance we have… It seems to have sparked a serious interest w/ CNN… & REMEMBER this isn’t the 1st time CNN has covered Super Poke Pets…Please give them a call too… CNN- 404-827-1500”

You can also send an email to: http://www.cnn.com/feedback/show/?s=storyidea

UPDATE 6: For SPP Players – Tonya has created a series of images that can be used for your profile pictures. There is a choice of both girl and boy pets for each animal and say either “Shame on Google” or “Why us, Google?” Check the thread here. 

OF NOTE: Interestingly enough, on Wednesday it was announced that Google had to pay the government $500 million for knowingly showing ads for illegal Canadian pharmacies on American pages. On Thursday they announce they are closing all Slide product to “trim the fat”. Connection, perhaps?

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33 responses to “Super Poke Pets is Closing?! – UPDATED”

  1. moonvapors says :

    I’m with you, Jo. Why does everything have to be right there the minute someone wants it? It used to give people patience waiting for a few things.

  2. chay68Laura says :

    I think this is totally unexceptable. We were promised that SPP would not be changed or disbanded. This really stinks!

    • Joleene Naylor says :

      I thought we had at least a year left! six months has come as a total shock – and I’m worried that will get shortened since the quote is “about six months”….

    • Dawn Marie says :

      I should have realized when they quit selling gold and stealing our money that this was not going to last any longer. How I wish some people would start up a class action lawsuit to sue Slide, Google, whoever is responsible. There will never be any Google on my computer from now on.

  3. Zachary Jones says :

    SO THEY BUY SPP FOR 200 MILLION TO TEAR IT DOWN, GOOGLE IS SUCH A WASTE OF SPACE.

    • Me says :

      Yup.

      Well, any Google representative or whatever you want to call it, if you’re reading this, SCREW YOU.

      I can now honestly say,

      I HATE GOOGLE!

      I’m never using it again. Bye-bye google.

    • Joleene Naylor says :

      I know! I don’t understand why they paid so much for it just to discontinue everything! I read an article that said it was a “talent acquisition”, but all the talent is leaving them…

  4. laura h says :

    I am so upset too, Maybe all of us SPP players should boycott google. maybe someone will buy spp alone and run it? okay i am a dreamer. i dont have the money to be a doer at this point in my life. But I really liked SPP, and yes I think that the Gold change was a hint. Cause how can they cancel a game so quick after we all spent money on it. There goes swapp.com now too, cause whose going to buy the little virtual cuties? i just spent money on it. At least we have 6 months. Better than its closing down tomorrow. Hummm. Well, lets hope for the best. Someone buy SPP we will all stay with you! right? Do I have anyone who agrees? thanks for listening.

    • Joleene Naylor says :

      I know! I wish someone would buy it out and keep it going!

      I just spent $25 on items the day before the announcement came out. *sigh* SPP was my little treat that I spent money on now and then, but I guess no more. 😦

    • Josche says :

      Yes, I agree. And I hope that before the end of this year someone or some company will take it over. It seems SPP is worthless to Google, why don’t they sell it instead of closing it down. They must have heard or read by now that this game is very important to many people worldwide.
      Thanks and hugs from The Netherlands!

  5. Nash says :

    I don’t really understand the logic behind this emotional backlash.

    You paid. You played. Now it’s Game Over.

    That said , if they do give you the opportunity to download your data, it doesn’t matter if it is databases or not. Anyone can run a database engine from the SPP code (assuming they have the resources to.) Clearly, Google has decided its resources are better used in other ways. I happen to agree with them , but that is my personal opinion.

    Yet, personal opinions aside, a service (gaming time and communication) was provided, and customers (you) utilized it. Now the service has been withdrawn. How many bakeries does one curse for going out of business because “We’ve been buying bread from them for so long! What about all the money we gave you??”.

    Well, you already ate the bread, didn’t you?

    • EMily says :

      The point is this. We’ve played and paid for our game. How do you think Playstation or Xbox users would feel id they totally disabled the online game play our canceled all the maps for games they had already bought???? I bet it would be taken much more seriously which id ridiculous. With over 117 MILLION users buying items with REAL money why did the decide to stop the income and then totally disband it! I for one want the game to continue or they can give me mt money back! Otherwise I will NEVER use another google product in my life!!!!I have already changed browsers and anything “google” related untill I feel satisfied!

      • Nash says :

        “How do you think Playstation or Xbox users would feel id they totally disabled the online game play our canceled all the maps for games they had already bought???”

        Happens all the time

        What you are not realizing is that when you “buy” something in an online game even with “REAL money” (sic), you are not buying it because it doesn’t have a physical existence. You are merely obtaining a license to use intellectual property. This is like buying a music album. You don’t own the songs. You own the media (the physical compact disc) and a license to listen to the songs on that media. You may choose to boycott Google etc. but there is nothing remotely illegal or unfair about them shutting down a service that they run and own.

        • Joleene Naylor says :

          I can’t speak for everyone, but I’m not concerned about the money aspect. I look at it the same as a movie ticket. I don’t take that movie home; I enjoy watching it at the time of and then it’s done.

          As for the emotional backlash, though, it has a lot more to do with people’s attachment to the pets than anything else (I think). A lot of players do not look at it as a game, but as a digital “friend” almost. And before anyone says that’s absurd, stop and think about how many people we each know only online. Sure, the first defense is “but they talk to you!” Do they? Prove that I, or the person commenting above me, or the person above them, even, are REAL people and not a bot? True, it’s unlikely that a bot would comment here, but the point is there’s no physical connection. those friends or acquaintances are nothing more than pixels on a page, so it’s not so bizarre that people have the same attachment to their super poke pet pixels.

          • Lily Atwt says :

            i agree with you Joleene .. speaking for myself (and probably many others), my pet gives me a voice, one i did not have before .. the pet provides a common interest between other players from around the world, and from there we’ve formed clubs/families .. many housebound individuals and some with disabilities, both physical and mental, have found a family fully accepting of who they are inside by sharing the joy and pleasure of these silly virtual pets

            long live Beaker

            • Joleene Naylor says :

              Yes! It’s the same as the Harry Potter franchise was for many people, or as TV shows, etc are where there is a community that forms around that “fandom” and when the franchise dies/ends/drops off the radar there is always sadness involved.

              My mother is disabled and this is the only game she plays. She’s put alot of hours into it and though other people may not understand, when it is physically impossible to do something so trivial as sweep your own floor, being able to go online and decorate that little habitat might be a big accomplishment for someone.

        • Lily Atwt says :

          with all due respect Nash, and all emotional issues aside, the fact remains we SPP players were told the game would be online for the “foreseeable” future, “Gold” items costing real currency as well as VIP subscriptions were put on sale to encourage a rush to buy as 4 & 5 year “badges” were presented giving a false sense of belief the foreseeable future would be around 1 1/2 – 2 years .. the longer period of time a virtual good can be used determines it’s value, we were deceived and misled .. deliberately misleading buyers with deceptive consumer practices such as that was is what makes the sting of losing a hugely favorite social game so much worse

        • Lily Atwt says :

          may i politely point out the fact that the audio cd’s i own, i own forever to play whenever and as often as i want to for as long as i live and have the proper equipment? .. virtual goods are in no way like buying a music album, we won’t always have the proper equipment, i.e. the app

          • Nash says :

            Now you are getting into the nitty gritties of licensing , namely: a perpetual license whereas a temporary license with indefinite time frame. When you signed up for SPP, did you read anywhere in the Terms and Conditions that you were being granted a perpetual license, and if so , under what conditions?

            Your audio CD generally comes with a perpetual license for the songs. But you do NOT own the songs. You own the CD, of course. But if you used that song , say as background for a YouTube video, you would be committing copyright violation.

            If though you were promised certain things by the initial company, you could sue them for false advertising, fraud etc etc. But you cannot sue Google. Because they haven’t done anything illegal. Period.

  6. Jonathan Stewart says :

    My user name on spp was HEATHEN… I used many pics of David Bowie for my profile pic… I’ve been away for a while, and I mean a while..! I am so ticked off that I finally get a computer with internet after so long and then I went to log onto spp, NOTHING..!! “Grr” I will do what I can to protest this tragic and frail undertaking….. FOR ALL THOSE WHO KNEW ME ON SPP PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE CONTACT ME AT: heathen6613@gmail.com Thanks for this web site and the info I seeked…..

  7. guest says :

    super poke pet was better than moshi monsters!!!!!!!why!!!

  8. kylie says :

    now I hate google! that was my fav game!

  9. Bunga says :

    I couldn’t believe this.

    I know, I know. I’m sooooo late. I’m too late. I guess I may not cry? Superpoke Pets is my favorite game as a 10 years old girl. I haven’t many friends at school and I’m too young to join forums. Also, my mom don’t let me have real pets. She hate cats. My brothers is real annoy for me. They’re too little to play with me, and they shrieks. I live my life in torture until I found SuperPoke! Pets.

    SuperPoke! Pets is a part of my life since then. I loved my cat very much; I forget her name. My most favorite room is the garden, where magical things happened. Plants grows, fairies flies, and the purple theme I used in the garden… Makes me feel happy.

    Until National Science Olympiad pushed me for not playing games. I’m offline is internet until I was 11 and finally won Bronze Medal. I didn’t meant to show my ‘that’. I’m back on the internet since then, I played Miscrits: World of Adventure. I’m forgetful and I forget about SPP. When that time, I didn’t know that SPP is already closed. If I know maybe I’ll cry as loud as I can.

    I haven’t know about this until today, I remembered about my dear cat. I rushed into my laptop and open superpokepets.com, but it wasn’t there anymore. My part of my life has gone. I have no pets anymore. I missed SPP. I truly miss it.

    I don’t hate Google. I just hate the part of Google that took a part of my life.

    Today I cried.

    It was too late.

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    My website has a lot of completely unique content I’ve either created myself or outsourced but it appears a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my agreement. Do you know any methods to help stop content from being stolen? I’d truly appreciate it.

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