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Cloud Busted.

So, I just learned today that OnLive no longer exists as a company. They've gone out of business, and at the end of this April 2015 the lights will go out on their servers. This means every game, every save file, an OnLive customer may have will be gone forever.

I can't say I didn't see this coming from miles away. It comes as a disappointment, but I'm not surprised by this outcome. I'd seen the writing on the wall years ago and jumped ship. The last entry I made on the subject of OnLive was all the way back in 2012, and I had some less than flattering things to say about it.

Back when OnLive was first announced I was blown away by the technology. My immediate thought was "this is the future!" I was an instant fan. I created an OnLive account the very instant they began taking sign ups. I purchased a Microconsole and filled my library with games. I became a regular on the OnLive forums and became a somewhat respected member of the community. I have an OnLive beanie hat which I won in a contest, and I my profile had a special avatar that I also won.

I began sensing that all was not well with OnLive back in 2011. There had been signs previously, such as games being delayed or canceled, but the E3 announcement of that years and the monthe following was when it really became obvious that OnLive was doomed. The forum was sent into a state of turmoil and confusion. Dissatisfied fans vented their frustrations (myself among them), only to be rebuffed by true believers who refused to admit that something was very wrong. Even after OnLive went bankrupt in 2012, the atmosphere among the OnLive fanbase was one of intense denial.

"Just be patient" became something of a mantra. The OnLive faithful constantly assured those who were dissatisfied that things would get better soon. There was always some reason why OnLive couldn't deliver on its promises, but would soon. "They need to renegotiate contracts," or "they're restructuring," or "Just wait until E3" were common excuses. They said the same lines month after month after year after year.

It got so bad that even the creator of the original OnLive fan forum lost faith. He abandoned the OnLive forum and made a new one for Ouya instead. I guess this guy just has a penchant for making fan communities for failed experiments.

I made my final break from OnLive during the time leading up to the launch of the PS4 and Xbox One. At that time I still had an OnLive Microconsole connected to my TV, mostly because I was too lazy to remove it. Actually, I think it's because a part of me still held out some small hope that things would get better.

My original plan, back in 2011, was to use OnLive as my main gaming platform and skip buying the next gen consoles entirely; maybe picking one up for the exclusives after the price had gone down. My mid 2012 I was purchasing console copies of games I had for OnLive because I knew the company's days were numbered. I got the PS4 and Xbox One on launch day. When it came time to hook up my PS4 I noticed the OnLive microconsole, sitting alone and neglected, having not been used in months. I finally put the thing out of its misery. I disconnected it, stuffed it in a closet, and used the ethernet cable it was taking up to connect my PS4 instead.

I continued to visit the OnLive forum solely because I'd become familiar with the people there, but soon even that wasn't enough. I haven't visited the OnLive forum in over half a year. Now OnLive is dead, but it wouldn't surprise me if there were still some diehard fans convinced that it will come back.

I'm just glad I jumped ship when I did.

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