Rezzable Plans to (Mostly) De-rezz

The news comes down today from the company itself that British-based Rezzable plans to shut down or transfer most of its operations in Second Life and move to its OpenSim-based platform, Heritage Key. From their blog:

…We have decided to close down all our sims on the Second Life grid except for Greenies Home. We will drop Crimson Shadow, Tunnel of Light and Carnival of Doom mid-July. Greenies Lawn is already gone. The Hobo Island is being transferred over to Thinkerer Melville. Black Swan will be deleted from the SL Grid after the Swan Song fashion event closes in mid-August. We will be focusing our efforts on Heritage Key, where we invite you to GoVirtual (VX) with King Tut. We will re-open the Rezzable Grid for people to help us test/improve OpenSim as well as showcase things that work there. We will continue to operate and cover metaverse topics and our virtual locations directory….

It’s good to know that Greenies Home, which I’ve visited along with many other avatars, will be continuing (at least for the short term); but the loss of a first-water content creator, whether an individual or company, is never a good thing.  It’ll be a shame to lose Rezzable, whose artistry and creativity is well known, from the Greenies to the King Tut exhibit.

But does this, as the doomsayers claim in their bromides, prove that Second Life is dying?  I wouldn’t believe it.  Second Life is far and away the preserve of the small businessperson; and there are still large companies yet, such as IBM, who see uses for SL as well.  The fallout of RL companies from the Grid is similar to some of what happened in the Nineties on the Web, when the dot-com bubble burst.  The ones who will stay are the ones who can figure out how to put this exciting new medium to use most effectively for their purposes.  IBM uses it as advertising, and as meeting space; the RL U. S. Guvment uses it as well, particularly the military!  Second Life is far from dead, and I don’t even see it as morbid or moribund.

To the naysayers:  your output is derived from your input.  If you don’t put anything into SL, you’ll never get anything out of it — unlike the thousands of us who do, and are.

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Posted July 7, 2009 by Harper Ganesvoort in Issues and Trends, News

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