Last year LL made an attempt to offer SL without the need for a download. In other words you could use their Virtual World by simply logging in via your Web Browser. I did not participate in this short lived Beta, but I do know it was pulled rather quickly, and quietly.
Now it seems there are two new companies entering the fray by offering numerous game play opportunities for a variety of Video Game Developers, LL & SL among the available offerings. The newest one GAIKIA http://www.gaikai.com/ is just entering a Closed Invitation Only Beta stage.
I first read about it here http://www.b2cmarketinginsider.com/consumer-marketing/gaikai-in-beta-phase-allows-play-of-pc-and-console-games-through-browser-016845
And at this point I can make no comments.
The next one however is a little more interesting. SPOON Cloud Gaming http://spoon.net/games/
I First read about this lil gem here http://www.examiner.com/mmorpg-in-national/gdc-insights-spoon-cloud-gaming-launch
First of all you will need to create an account, by suppling an E-Mail Address, verify, the whole ria-a-marole. Next, you have to download a 26.2MB Browser PlugIn File "Spoon-plugin-dotnet.exe" Geeze !! Sound familuar ? ( the SL client itself is only about 30MB ) Read a Huge EULA, Provide PH#, Billing Information,
Install the PlugIn, Log into the Spoon Website, Wait for a while as the Client Buffers itself.
And as if by Magic !! After all that Crap, Whaa-Laaa !!! SL V2.5 is there in all it's horrendous Non-Glory
This is absolutely LAUGHABLE !!
Maybe I missed something here.
If I did, please feel more than free to let me know.