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Just over a year ago, Google bought Slide, a social game company mostly known for games like SuperPoke Pets, SPP Ranch, Top Fish, etc. It didn’t seem to be outside of the realm of possibility that this would heavily factor into Google’s social network plans, which at the time were still unclear.

All of this time, however, Slide’s team has operated separate from other Google projects, and Google of course recently launched Google+, and even more recently, games on Google+. It would appear that the Slide acquisition isn’t bringing much to the Google+ table.

Google, after dropping $200 million on Slide, is shutting it down, as first reported by Liz Gannes at AllThingsD. Meanwhile, Slide founder Max Levchin, who Google made a VP of Engineering following the acquisition, is leaving the company.

The Slide Team posted a message on the company blog saying:

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.

For example, on Slide.com, we will enable users to either download their photos or export them to a Picasa account. We are working to release this export feature over the coming weeks and, once added, users will have several months to take advantage of transferring their photos.

A Google spokesperson is quoted as saying, “Max has decided to leave Slide and Google to pursue other opportunities, and we wish him the best. Most of the team from Slide will remain at Google to work on other opportunities.”

According to Gannes, at least some of the Slide team will be going to the YouTube team. I’d be very surprised if others didn’t make their way to Google+, given the aforementioned gaming offering on Google’s new social network.

Google also acquired another social gaming company last year in SocialDeck.

Google of course has some prominent third-parties offering games through Google+, such as Zynga, which makes some of the most popular games on Facebook, and Rovio, which makes the very popular Angry Birds.

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  • http://facebook bonnie

    The online game SuperPoke Pets recently sold to Google. The game has been operating for over 3 years and in the last 6 months varies changes have been ongoing with the promise that the game would still be available to play and online. The original owners Slide and Google allowed players to purchase items, “gold” with real money up until July 1st 2011 which is the date they set for no longer creating new items to feature in the online shop to buy with real money. There were people who bought “gold” and kept it in reserve so they could use it at a later time. It was announce August 25 2011 that Google was deactivating the game after months of assured promises across the online forum and to its players this would not happen. People have invested thousands of dollars a piece into this game. They are outraged that only two months ago the players were given false promises of continued game play, only to be told today on the online forum that in less than 6 months or sooner it will be deleted. There are also several other major issues. One happening in the last 6 months of requested debt charges to bank accounts multiply times for their VIP services resulting in several hundred members getting charged over draft fees from their banks or credit card companies. Numerous game glitches that were never fixed along game playing. Accounts banned with no explanations given. Charges made to credit cards that were kept on file with no way to delete them from the system. Changes made to the Terms of Service with no prompts given to the customers of when these changes occurred. No customer service contact phone number. Customer service was an email only system and it took weeks to get a response if any.
    There are many more issues I am sure I can think of over my 3 years of playing this game. And there are many more that did not happen to me but my fellow players. We have been wronged. And I hope you can help.
    The game’s website is www.http://superpokepets.com
    Please take a look
    Google took advantage of the loyal players in this game. We were told it would not shut-down that the game had evolved to the max and that the players could self-contain the game by using a market place for coins. People bought up gold thinking the game would cont. in the future. now 7 weeks after shutting off gold products they decide to pull the plug. This is greed on google part. A company I will not trust after empty promises are made. Buyer beware of products of virtual goods they will sell and then just pull the plug on the game. All because they can and will use your money in any situation, then claim its not a profit making venue. Shame on you google!

    • charlene robb

      i totally agree with everything you’ve said :(

      • Zena Powell

        I too totally agree with Bonnie. Do not take this game away. If I take pictures of my pet and don’t have her, the memory will be too painful to bear.

        • Meredith

          You can take pictures, but the game won’t let you transfer them to email or anything.
          I have had an account for a little over 2 years and my nearly 5 year old son just started playing May 25 of this year and now just 2 weeks after I created an account for my 3 year old daughter Google is going to break their hearts. What am I supposed to say to my son when he asks to play with his panda named Panda Bear or my daughter Molly’s bunny named after herself? I could always buy her a bunny I suppose, but you can’t have a Panda for a pet. Google children play this game too.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Crum

      We’re looking into this.

      • Veronica

        Please do!!! I too just had my 12 year old daughter sign up thinking its safe and fun game for her to play online with me and can get a check on it. I have been w/ SPP from almost the very start and only purchased Gold every now and then, but it did sure add up $$$… Why slide did this is beyond me and I thought Google was an upstanding company. It seems we were wrong! I understand the need to make $, but Google is HUGE and I am sure if they would bring VIP accounts, Gold buying & the life back to SPP, it would flourish once again because us TRUE fans of the game have stayed through it ALL!!!

      • Barb Puder

        I’ve been playing for a year and a half, and loved it. It’s different from the shoot-em-up games, or the ones where the time crunch can cause stress. SPP is actually creative and relaxing, and during a time when I can’t afford most other entertainment, it’s nice to have something that I could enjoy without investing significant money unless I chose to. Maybe I should be glad my husband wasn’t working, as I probably would have spent money on it. But even at that, it’s not about the money. It’s about a game that is fun, creative, and more “social” than any of the other social games I’ve tried. It’s working just fine in its current maintenance mode (no new development). Why take it away?

      • Josh

        Thanks Chris, any help would be appreciated by the SPP community!

      • raine918

        Thank you Chris cause SPP employees posted this not long ago and that means they lied to us.

        A few players have speculated that Slide will be turning off SPP entirely on July 1st, July 2nd, or in the near future. This is completely untrue and we would like to put these rumors to rest. We hope that SPP will remain an active game and community, and we have no plans to shut the site down. We know some of you are wondering how SPP will be able to continue without money coming in from Gold. Over the past few months we have worked to optimize SPP.com to be as efficient as possible and require minimal maintenance and resources.

        Here is the link to it.
        http://superpokepets.com/spp/news/topic?tid=9426yMf99kCj7j2_nUFs9g

        • christalee

          We have been lied to, mislead and I’m so glad you posted this. A class action suit is definitely in order.

    • Bobbie Spencer

      I totally agree with what Bonnie and everyone else has said. I to have invested money in this game with promises it would alway be there for us to play.

    • Danyelle

      I agree with this completely. We were all lied to by google. It is so wrong of them to shut it down. We were told the game would continue and be self-sufficient. I have also played for nearly 3 years, and spent who knows how much money. I can promise you that if they take away superpoke pets, I will not use or buy another google product.

      • Danyelle

        Was meant to be a reply to Bonnie. I agree with Bonnie completely.

    • paula

      I totally agree with Bonnie she has said it all.. and so many of us are just lost right now with all the empty promises.

    • http://facebook Trudy

      Thank you Bonnie, you expressed exactly what the majority of us are feeling right now. I have played this game for over 2 and 1/2 years and can not believe that Google is killing it, now, for over a million people.

      Children will be heartbroken, as will adults. The outcry is loudly being heard all over facebook and My Space.

      This game is therapy to so many people. We’ve made wonderful friends, created, laughed, cried and sworn to stop playing, but we stayed, for the love of the game and our friends. Google is taking so much from so many, without a backward glance.

      Our voices will be heard, but will they actually listen?

    • Mary M. Miranda

      Bonnie I couldn’t have said it better myself. Every piece of information you’ve mentioned is all true. Bottom line…we’ve been ripped off.

    • sher

      dead on! screw google, i can use firefox and bing for my sourcing.

      • Anne D kasday

        I have already got my information ready to send to the class action attorney, We downloaded my bank information and I spent $2000.00 on gold items. A tough lesson to learn, but I have learned! However it is the arrogance of Google and the constant lies and reassurances that should be put to shame and if a class action lawsuit can be started or Publicity shone into this dirty corner then I am willing to go for it.
        A lot of sick people and shut ins got so much from this game and to just halt it when it really costs nothing to keep it as it is is thoughtless and mean spirited.
        Sorry Google but I intend to find out every company you have cahoots in and never give you space or sales in my life. It was not called for and you need to take it back! Right this wrong now!!!

    • Becky

      Very well said. I hope you guys are listening. It is so much more then a game. We have met some good people out here.

      • Becky

        this was also meant for Bonnie

  • charlene robb

    i have been playing this game for over 3 years! i have made some wonderful friends from it please dont shut it down its so unfair everyone has worked sooo hard. this does make me cry at the thought of loosing my friends :( its not about the money and hours and hours we’ve all put into it its about friendship :(

  • Melissa

    Google Scammed us ALL! After making millions of dollars and becoming one of the fastest growing online games they have decided to Shut us down. I would like to know what made Google make this decision!

    This can’t be happening because one person left the company. Was that one person the only person who knew how to create and maintain the game?

    A REAL Explanation would be nice right about now!

    Is this even legal? I guess it doesn’t really matter to anyone, except for those of us who are left holding the SPP bag!

  • http://superpokepets.com/spp/gallery/booth/?target_submission=j3QbIb25YSYiYej51gBzMFBhAbglnDIc8aWgMEPQSm0rSZbli2n0lXgaABOelKM7ZE4KDs_u7KA Terri

    I have to say that as a disabled person I am very upset that you want to take this game away.It is challenging and fun and I have made some very good friends who I can be with when I am hurting and can’t do anything else. Also so many of us have spent hard earned money on this ,our entertainment.I can’t bowl or go to movies (no car) but I can sit with my laptop and click and chat. Please look in to this and keep our game.I do not want screenshots of my habitats as that would only depress me. If you can’t keep it online can you find a way for us to have our accounts offline and keep what we have. I also have a 6 year old grand daughter and a 9 year old grandson who use my accounts and decorate,and they would be upset too.

  • Sonja

    So Google thinks it is so big now, they don’t feel that they owe any explanation to anyone, why they would just suddenly and unceremoniously dump the games they have come to love and spent so much money on? Remember the old saying…The bigger they are the harder they fall.You have hurt a lot of people with out even seeming to care. Don’t get to big for your britches guys.

  • MMM

    Shutting down SuperPoke Pets is the stupidest thing Google has done. You will causing a lot of people undue stress. Most of us play as a way to interact with others on a daily basis and relax. It is our favorite outlet and for people like me, the only contact with the world around me. I don’t like the other games, I do like my pet. She came along at a time I needed something to take away the pain of loss. Now you are making that loss real again.
    Shame on Google, just SHAME on you.

  • Sherrie

    This was my one way of getting away from everyday things. It was a stress reliever for me. This is very upsetting. I have made so many new good friends on SPP. I always feel so much better after sitting down and playing for a little while. I look forward to playdates, gifting, gardening, just to name a few of the things. It gets me away from reality for a while. Please do not take it from us.

  • http://SPPSLIDE Brandie Rizor

    I am so upset, you said you had no intention of shuting down SPP when you stopped the new releases. I can not beleave you are doing this to us. THIS SUCKS!!!!!

  • sher

    Superpoke Pets Employees = Dishonest Lying Bastards.

  • http://sppranchandspppets Jen brodt

    I am very upset about spp pets and ranch being shut off. I enjoy these games and they help to deal with horrible back pain. We have pain support groups in these games. These games add joy to our lives, helping to distract us from our illnesses. Also most of us have invested money in these games and by shutting them down after we spent a lot of our money and time on these games is like spitting in our faces. You should be ashamed of your self for ripping off all the loyal players of these games. I am totally disgusted with you. Take away such wonderful games. My father and I play spp ranch and we enjoy helping each other out and have made wonderful friends while playing. Shutting these games down would be extremely rude, ignorant and disrespectful.

  • SPP4Ever

    Such a sad day for all of us loyal pet owners over the past 3 years…although Max has left and this led the way for Google to ax SPP he still has the ability to save it if he wants…there is still time to see if he not only turns his back on SPP but all of us as well…this decision could make him a hero or hated by all SPPers…if the choice is to turn his back on all of this then it is with all of my hope that bad karma follows him and shadows any future project he may try.

  • Dacholiday Dach

    I can’t believe the lies Google has fed us.
    We SPP players were assured that Superpoke pets was not going anywhere. That is obviously a lie. They even continued to allow us to buy gold items with real money, and now they tell us we can’t use these virtual items we paid real money for.
    Yes I guess it’s stupid for us adults to get so attached to these little make believe animals, but so many players used Superpoke pets because the game was more than a game. It was a community. A world of its own. In the hard times people have been having over the last several years, people could go and take care of their little “pets” And unlike most online games we could do so at our leisure. We weren’t on a time schedule. We dressesd them and fed them and played with them, as well as our friends pets.
    Parents could allow the little ones to play knowing there was no violence. And no learning curve. Disabled people who were bedridden with limited mobility and movement could play, as the game didnt require quick movement or good reflexes.
    Does Google want to go and tell a four year old little girl why her pet kitty is going to starve to death because she can’t get to it to feed it? I dare them to do so.
    I used to think Google was an upstanding company, that they actually gave 2 cents about people who use their platforms, but I see that is not the case. Like every other company they are nothing but a huge uncaring corporation.
    Google has failed, they get an F from me.

  • Amy Hensley

    I will be disabling all google products from my computer.. This is beyond cruel what they have done to the SPP Community.. Shame on you, hope you sleep well at night!!!

  • Bugster

    So it’s supposed to make us all feel better that Google took our money and then decided to shut the game down?Are we supposed to feel all warm and fuzzy that Max Levchin made out like a fat rat when he bailed out? I understand it’s a virtual game but when real people spend real money then it leaves a lot of folks pretty upset to find out it’s being shut down! The Slide/SPP forum made sure to dupe the players into a “last minute gold rush” by telling us we wouldn’t be able to buy gold items after a specific date and to be sure to upgrade to the VIP status to ensure our little pets would have full mobility,etc. before the close-out of gold buying.This game has a huge following and if the ability to buy gold items hadn’t been discontinued I’m sure it would’ve remained a profitable game for Google.Anyone who has tried the beta version of Google+ has seen it will never replace Facebook and is doomed from the start.Google should either reconsider closing the game or be very ashamed of the shabby treatment they have shown to us,the players of SPP.

  • Char & Kermi

    It is a very sad day. I am upset we were told that our pets would not be going anywhere, buy what is left of their gold ( which required real money ) because they were not making any more . ” Lets get back to the fundamentals with play-dates & trading ” & then 2 months later we are told to take pictures of our Pets because they will be deleted. It is not just a game, We all love our PETS & our friends. GOOGLE How hard would it be to leave this game up & running? Many would be will to pay a monthly or even a yearly fee. Google has gotten so big that they really do not care about the little people.

  • Insightful

    If I where Zynga, right now I’d be buying up Spp fast.
    As for goggle Ha even my fish ville app is played in yahoo pulse.
    Now off to kill my youtube account.

  • cathy

    Google….do you really think ur games are better than superpoke pets…..those are little kiddie games….we have made friends through our game and it is so unfair to take it away from us

  • http://www.spp.com Tasha & Jackson

    I am so sad and angry about this. Please Don’t Shut Down SPP!!!!!Please Please! We love this game and it’s more than a game it’s a life saver for so many, me included. It makes me smile everyday and in 6 months my friend will be murdered :( Come on Google, I thought you were better than this…..

  • http://SuperPokePets! Suzanne & Ginger

    Please don’t shut down SuperPoke Pets! I LOVE this game!
    I’ve been playing it for two years now and have made some great friends!
    I look forward to playing w/my pet and decorating her habitat!!
    It’s a wonderful stress reliever from my hectic day!
    Please “SAVE” us!
    Please someone fight for us!

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  • Monica Wright

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  • Lauren Johnson

    I have been a loyal player of SPP for 3 years and spent a lot of money on this game thinking I would be able to use my items for many years. I am so upset that they lied to us and said SPP is not shutting down when they obviously knew it was!!!!

    I have already uninstalled my google toolbar from my computer and I do not use google as a search engine anymore. I will never spend any money on google products again ever after what they have done to the SPP community and the deceitful way they have handled this whole thing.

    This is also so sad to me because I think SPP is a wonderful source of beautiful artwork and I am very sad that all the art they have created will be lost:(

  • Sandie French

    I agree with Bonnie. I spend most of my life in bed and SPP has brought many friends from all over the world into my bedroom and life.I two brought gold I could not really afford but love it. I am going to miss mt pets as I have 5 of them I will never trust GOOGLE again or play there other games. SHAME ON YOU GOOGLE THERE ARE A LOT OF SICK PEOPLE AND CHILDREN PLAYING SPP AND YOU ARE GOING TO LET EVERY THING DIE WHEN SPP FINISHES I WILL NEVER USE GOOGLE AGAIN SHAME SHAME SHANE ON YOU

  • melody wells

    I have met a lot of people with different disabilities who use SPP as their link to the outside world.They have become emotionally attached to their pets and they don’t understand why all of a sudden someone would take them away.Hasn’t the government done enough to our most vulnerable citizens without Google jumping on the band wagon as well.And yes I do work with the physically and mentally challenged. They deserve a life just as any other citizen.

  • Annette Samford

    SPP has been my rock and a place I could go to take my worries off serious real life issues. There was always someone online to talk to, always something to do, always a way to make me smile. What Google has done is plain out wrong! This game has MANY active users and would have more if the new content continued to be released and gold purchasing were to be returned. I love SPP, I love my pet, and I am not going down without a fight! I will not support ANY Google product if they go through with this. They are not the only browser, web search, or toolbar out there. This is a shame and they should hang their heads for what they have done.

  • Diane Mitchell

    I WILL NEVER play another game or support anything GOOGLE ever again. They are liars and take advantage of people who are just trying to enjoy their pets and friends. It a SOCIAL game. I have been in it for 3 years and it is a part of my daily life. I will never let google break my heart again!

  • Mystic Kitty

    Google has no right to do what they are they pushed gold on people until the last day, even placing it on sale. They said they would restock the store with things for months to come and we would enjoy the site for years, they made a 4 and 5 year candle knowing what they where going to do. Now we are going to lose our family, our community our pets. So many people have spent there hard earned money on this app now to be told take a snap shot? Google is lying to us all they are monsters and cruel to kill animals is heartless to not care is worse. Google took slide, destroyed it and then left end of story now we have 6 months but they LIE, most articles I have read say Google is crazy why do this pay all this money and let it go?

    Worst of all is all the people who have spent so much money to know now they might as well have thrown it away or burned it. Even today they allow there retail store and it is there’s to sell gold to a site they say is over. It can’t be legal what they are doing but we are just suppose to let everything go?

    I might not be an adult yet but I was taught right from wrong this community is more then pets it is people that love each other, there friends the bonds. Now they tell us go to Facebook to keep those friendships alive and oh take snap shots while you can are they crazy!

    I love my pet and the people how can this be fair or right? Why don’t we have a voice a say anything why should we buy there lies? Google you are liars and I will never trust you again and I hope that someone sues you because what you are doing is wrong.

    Let me put it this way, how would you like someone to come to your home and say’ You know your house is in the way, you have 6 months then where dozing it, sure you love it, sure you put thousands into it, but still it’s going.” Would you say” Gee that is a shame I really like my house, 6 months you say well thank you that give me enough time to take a snap shot!

    Don’t kill our pets!

    Be honest, don’t take out community because of GREED we are real, we care and WE are not going away, I hope every news program picks this up CNN already has it and so does ABC Google sooner or later the jig will be up!

  • Linda

    I HAVE ALSO BEEN A LOYAL PLAYER ON SPP FOR 3 YEARS.
    I LOVE MY PET VERY MUCH AND HAVE MORE THAN ONE.
    IN ALL THIS WITH NOT BEING WELL IN HEALTH IT ALSO HELPED ME AND
    MANY MEMBER’S FEELING BETTER AND HAVING TONS OF FRIENDS.

    I ALSO SPENT A FORTUNE LIKE ALL IN GOLD ITEMS AND NOW WE WILL
    LOSE OUR MONEY SPENT WITH LOVE BUT SACRIFICE.

    SINCE GOOGLE BUT THE GAMES BUT MORE SPP ALL AT THE BEGING LOOKED
    FANTASTIC BUT AS I SEE IT WAS ALL FALSE JUST TO TAKE OUR MONEY
    LIKE IN ALL THE GAMES AND LEAVE US WITH NOTHING AND NOT ONLY ,KILL OUR PETS AND ALL WE CREATED IN 3 YEARS.

    THEY SHOULD BE ASHAMED WITH ALL THE MONEY THAT GOOGLE MAKES
    AND THEY TOOK OURS BEING THAT WE CAN’T KEEP WHAT WE BOUGHT.

    I GUESS WE SHOULDN’T OF BEEN TO EASY TO BUY GOLD EVERYTIME IT WAS
    ON RELEASE NIGHT.

    CAN’T GOOGLE SELL SPP TO ANOTHER COMPANY AS LONG WE DON’T LOSE ALL
    AND MAKE OUR PETS DIE OR DON’T MAKE GAMES THAT WILL HURT MANY
    PEOPLE THAT STAY HOME ,ARE SICK ,LIVE ALONE AND THERE PET BECAME THERE
    BUDDY,THERE PAL.

    DEAR GOOGLE ,WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE ALONE WITH NO ONE BUT YOURSELF?
    DOING THIS ,KILLING OUR PETS IS ALSO KILLING MANY BUT MANY PEOPLE
    THAT I GUESS YOU CAN’T IMAGINE AND BREAKING OUR HEARTS.

    JOBS LEFT APPLE BUT LIKE A LOYAL MAN,BECAUSE HE IS ILL AND LEFT
    ALL IN GOOD HANDS.

    WHY CAN’T YOU DO THE SAME AND ATLEAST SELL TO ANOTHER COMPANY
    AND WE SAVE SPP.

    I WILL BE ON TILL THE END IN SPP…SHUT OFF THE LIGHTS,OK WE WILL CRY
    BUT YOU AS A BIG COMPANY SHOULD PUT YOUR HAND ON YOUR HEARTS BUT YOU
    DON’T HAVE ONE…ONLY THINK OF MAKING MONEY.

    GOOGLE SOUNDS WORSE THEN THE FILM-THE GREEN MILES.
    I APPRECIATED GOOGLE IN ALL BUT TO SHUT OFF GAMES AND THEN
    FOOL US AND LIEING,THAT WAS NOT CORRECT AT ALL.

    ALL WE CREATED IN THESE YEARS WITH LOVE AND OUR SOUL
    WAS A WASTE OF TIME,BUT WE ARE PROUD OF ALL WE HAVE DONE.

    BE ASHAMED,I HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO SAY.
    ONLY ONE:I THANK ALL THE FRIENDS THAT HAVE BEEN AMAZING
    FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD AND OF COURSE WITH MY HEART IN MY
    HANDS AND TEARS,I WILL MISS MY PET TARI.

    JUST PLEASE ,LET’S REALLY TRY TO SAVE SPP BUT OUR PETS!!!

  • sunbean72

    I’m utterly devastated that the game is being shut down. It’s not right… like a bully taking our ball and popping it. Why? The players were willing to pay monthly fees in addition to paying $1-$50 PER ITEM and now they’re just going to shut it down. Why not sell the servers or allow the players to fund it? Or try it on google+? Because they have no regard for their customers, only how quick they can make a buck.

  • Mel T.

    To sad for words… I love SPP! It is part of my life, sad but true! I put so much time, $$ and all my love into this game. Playing for over a year daily. I know people who dont play SPP cant understand how I feel. Its like a good friend is sentenced to death! 6 pets are mine and I love everyone of them. PLEASE DONT KILL MY BABYS!!! =(

  • Cindy

    I think this is terrible what they have done to ALL of us . I have a 3 1/2 yr old grandson who loves SPP . He has learned so many things things on it . He loves spinning the wheel ( he hollers big money ) so cute .But this is all ending now thanks to Google , this is not fair at all . I have spent $ on this game & now losing it all . We were promised that they would not be shutting SPP down & now 2 mos later they inform us that they are . So wrong in every way .

    • Selina Phanara

      Indeed Scumbagerry has occurred once again and I will be left with nothing but a $2,000 memory of what was.
      Google=Evil

  • Shilo

    I am in shock! A social game so loved and brought happiness to so many people and it is going to disappear in 6 months! That’s what is wrong with this country! Big Business for themselves for the profit! Let SPP stay! What harm is in it to let it stay online? Shame on you all for not caring! Please Google, reconsider your decision. You are affecting so many! I will never forget what you did it you decide to end SPP.

  • WendyJ

    As long time players of this game, SPP’ers are an incredibly loyal group of people. We have put up with the nonsense of being told to clear our cache and cookies as a cure for all problems that arose, so-called customer support that was anything but, payment issues that cleared out some peoples bank accounts due to a SPP error, and numerous other glitches, and now Google is slapping us all in the face like this?
    Most businesses would do almost anything to have such loyal customers.

  • Selina Phanara

    My Mother has cancer and can’t breathe very well, she also lives about 3,000 miles, this has been her only social connection.
    I really hate google, you have torn my heart.

  • Don

    I have played SuperPoke Pets for 3 years and am sorely disappointed in Google’s decision to shut down this application. There are thousands of unhappy users of this App that are about to have their pets murdered and lose access to hundreds of friends we have made and become accustomed to communicating with. If Google goes through with this I am prepared to remove any Google products on my PC and to never support or buy a Google-owned or invested in product again. This goes for my YouTube account and any Zynga, Rovio, or any other products I hear that Google may have any involvement in. SuperPoke Pet players are not going to go quietly on this. Shame on you Google..!!!

  • Linda blansett

    Spp is the only game I play. I’ve played it for at least 2 years. People have spent real $ for animated items that are of no use anywhere else. Google has built it’s company on the backs of many who have supported it. I will not be using google anything in the future. :(

  • Tara Clark

    It is very disappointing that you lied to us. We are hurt and really when you shut down all ways to get money from us what did expect would happen?? I just can’t understand why you keep lying to us over and over again?? You said the site wouldn’t be shut down for a few years to come. Then you say it will be shut down in 6 months…but it sounds like even that long is doubtful. GOOGLE IS A LIAR!

  • Diane

    I cant believe Google would do this to SPP a game I have been playing almost from the day it started . I have spent thousands of dollars buying Gold items and now they just want to shut down the game and we lose everything ! I am so mad right now I dont want to say what I am feeling! We will not just give up WE WANT SPP TO STAY DONT TAKE IT AWAY FROM US!

  • D Tater Scott

    My daughter, grandson and I have 15 pets between us. We have been LOYAL players on SuperPokePets for 2 years and now we are to lose our beloved pets. What about Google being LOYAL to us? I will never support anything Google is a part of.

    I will not trust any online game anymore either or spend real money on NOT REAL items.

  • Tina

    of course slide is not bringing in the money now but i bet you it ws when you guys were charging us For gold!!! YOU people purposely shut down the gold part so that spp wouldn’t make money so you have a reason to get rid of it this is a crock if you ask me! Shove it google!

  • http://www.petadoptworld.com/ Powerpets

    For those of you who will be leaving SPP, you are all invited to come join Powerpets. We’ve been around for over 9 years now and aren’t about to vanish or sell out! See you there.

  • Erna Andriessen

    Google really sucks. SPP is a great way to get friends from all over the world and take care of a much beloved pet. Now you are taking it away from us. Don’t we get a say in all of this???

  • Lisa

    What Google is doing is fraud! They allowed us to continue thinking spp wasn’t going anywhere. They pushed us to buy gold and to buy a LIFETIME VIP at the VERY end when they said they were going to allow the game to run on its own! They even went so far as to put out 4 and 5 year birthday badges out. A five year badge mean that it would at LEAST be up and running for 2 more years. After their announcemnt in June, we all knew something was going down. And when we asked if they were shutting us down they said NO and got angry with many of us, me included, and told to STOP SPREADING RUMORS. We were told to enjoy the game its going NO WHERE! Here we are 2 months later and we get the announcement they are closing us down.

    I read in the Tech papers that they say this game was DEAD??? ONLY because GOOGLE KILLED IT! What do you think will happen when you stop selling items for us to buy!!!

    Give us at LEAST our 2 years!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is disgusting. Especially those of us who spent hundreds and some even THOUSANDS a year on this game.

  • http://SuperPokePets Susan & Eragon

    Many people as you know simply rely on SPP as their greatest past time in gaming and keeping in touch as well as making new friends. I have played as much as time would allow me which is almost every day, sometimes all day long for hours on end, The point is, this little app may not be very profitable to you, but WE have spent thousands of dollars. Money that we can not recover… You bought the company, knowing its sales potential, but took away the option to sell us items. So we were to play the game with what items we had in our inventory and to trade among ourselves. So we have accepted that. But now…. you are closing the app down? WE as a whole community ask for you to reconsider.. What other option is there? You want to donate the app and allow us to find a new server for it? There seems there should be a way to allow us to keep it. Work with us. Please? If it isn’t worth you keeping and you are dumping it, why not give it to those that have supported it.. Coin items are really not so much of an issue since the coins were given as you played the game. But many many people bought every single gold item and some in multiples. Google may be able to afford to throw money away, but most of us cant. Many people with health related issues that can not go out of their homes for entertainment used their extra finances for gold items as a way of entertainment. Google has to have a heart, Consider an alternative… Sincerely, SPP Addicts

  • Kidzone

    I really thinks its HORRIBLE that google is shutting down SPP,why were we lied to so many times,and the hundereds of dollars spent in buyn gold,my children and i play daily and luv are pet so much, it may be a virtual pet but its still are pet,we have met so many wonderful,kind,caring ppl on SPP,and are hearts are breaking because of google,we play SPP as a family and its also therapy for us,we have disabilites and it has helped us ALOT,i have something to take my mind off the extreme pain i go through daily,and has taught my children alot, now whats being taught to them is them when you love something on the internet make sure its not with google cause they can come along whenever they want and destroy it, shame on google for this, and i think that because we were lied to that we should get some of are money back,thanks alot for the tears google

    • Kidzone

      P.S. would rather have are pet to luv daily then are money back google,PLEASE LEAVE SPP ALONE!

  • Michelle

    I agree with Bonnie!! I think its safe to say she speaks for most of the SPP community and the way we are all feeling! We were DUPED and LIED to by Google! A company that most thought was one that could be trusted and believed in. But obviously this is not the case! There is no reason for Google to shut down this game! They have enough money and resources already. There is no need to shut down a game that is doing them no harm…and if they shut it down it will do them more harm than good! I hope they see this now…People are not going to go down without a fight! And Google if you are reading this, if you had just been honest with everyone from the beginning none of us would be so angry!! Sure we may be hurt that the game is coming to an end but its the LIES that you told…thats where the true error of your ways is! You can’t expect to lie to the people and then think they will be ok with you or want to follow or use anything that has to do with your company after that!! People don’t follow companies that Lie and cheat knowingly!! Shame on you!! And now that you have shown your true colors people see you for who you are! Bad publicity equals BAD business!! And you will be losing mine! Terrible business ettiquette…terrible company! >:o(

  • Ann Haines

    Google’s high-handed actions made me think of another person in the news at the moment: there is a certain Colonel Gaddaffi who thought he owned Libya, that he could do whatever he liked and his people would allow it because they loved him. When they stopped loving him, he tried to trash the country. His people fought back and they won – at a price they were willing to pay. Google; learn a lesson – you may be big, you may be a Goliath of the internet – you may well find that there are a lot of Davids playing SPP!!!

  • l

    seriously why are the dropping … SPP … this site is used my MILLIONS of users daily … they dropped the purchasing option first so we knew we might be in trouble … but we were PROMISED it was not a view to closing the application!AND now we were told 6 months and it will be closed after being told time and again the site will remain open. What a line of garbage … someone out there has to be interested in the best social network game out there .. PLEASE BUY SPP from google and SAVE our awesome game! I have met people from all over the world due to this cool quirky game. Please do not take it away …

  • T

    I have been playing this game for a while and met people from all over the world I would not have met. Please do not take this game from me I will miss all of the super cool people and the amazing habitats … really can someone please buy SPP and keep it alive for all of the VERY loyal members who just want to keep their pets? Or maybe a downloadable version at the very least so we can keep our pets. HOLY COW. Someone out there as to be able to make a difference in millions of peoples lives for the better … seems like a win, win deal to me … sigh … please save my friends and my game I will miss them so much. Tony

  • Roni Campbell

    I am 62 years old and disabled. SPP is my only entertainment and I spent real money thinking they would be around for a long time. In fact was told by them they would be. I have no real pets because they aren’t allowed here so my pet dragon, J>J> means a lot to me even if he isn’t real. I trusted Google when they told us the lies to get us to buy up the excess gold and the VIP memberships. They knew all alone they were closing our App but had to wring the last dime out of us that couldn’t afford it but loved the game. We have a few news channels and an attorney looking into this so Google, Hang on because it is going to be a bumpy ride!

    • Pat

      Hi Roni,
      Well said !…GOOGLE….I hope you are listening to this and everything and Everyone Else !…WE will not let this go away without a fight !…Some of you (Executives)…Must have Wive’s..So i am sure you know who you are dealing with….We are a Family here on SPP….How dare you take that away….What the HE>> is it hurting..YOU…I think not !….You have lied and stolen not only our Friends, but our Money as well…..How Greedy can you be !..
      Shame on you !..I know i am only one of many voices that you will hear from….I don’t think it’s going to be very pretty for you at all !…You have already lost any respect we may have had for you…You will loose a lot more then that….Maybe when it starts to dig into your Pocket you will understand….
      This is just a Sad situation..:(((

  • Xanthe Bloomwood

    My G-mail is gone, Chrome broswer is gone, No way am I signing up for Goggle+ or anything else Google related. This isn’t about money to me this is about destroying a community that so many people dearly love. I’ve played SPP almost daily since 2008 and I feel so betrayed by the makers.