So, I've heard on that live streaming that the name change would come with a small fee to prevent too many changes and all that. Maybe to cover upkeep cost on all those changes needed for it. But to change a line of text for the price of a full Triple A game...
This makes me sad. SL has always been about community, and although I know I'm far from being a huge spender here, I had my fare share of moneys going to support designers and artists and even got premium to support Linden Labs itself (really, the only good perk is cutting the line to get into Uber, Acess, Cosmo, etc).
It's not a token price. It's not something to mitigate costs. It's a cash grab, in my humble opinion, over a community that would probably have too much invested by this point.
I may be wrong, but at least for me this is a turning point regarding my SL spendings. Maybe it's about respect. Maybe I'm just butthurt because right now eveyone inworld is making freebies to keep people at home and this comes at a bad timing. I dunno.
What I do know is that this puts a hard stop on all my SL spendings. I'll still be a part of this community, and I even think I have another year or so of premium already paid upfront, so this is not a "oh, why I left SL post" nor any sort of babling like that. I'm just concerned that how I feel right now may be how many of us feel. A bit disrespected, that's all.