top OnLive's Epic Plan For a New Type of Video Game
With NVIDIA entering this market, how relevant is OnLive?
about a year and a half ago
top Sony To Acquire Cloud Gaming Company Gaikai for $380 Million
Cloud Gaming should be used for demos and such to get people interested
... the upside there is that we don't have to download Gigabytes just to discover a game sucks. Should Sony stick with this kind of model rather than force us to go completely cloud-based, then it'll be a good thing. While many gamers may be tempted to "sell out" to the concept of cloud gaming that OnLive and others are pushing because of the convenience, you should go play Diablo 3 for a while and have that lovely experience of servers being down. Watching things like this weekends Netflix outage does not at all bode well for Cloud Gaming.
top CryENGINE 3 Updated,
Crysis 3 Announced
Oh, and you'll probably be able to play this on OnLive too
... but of course they're now probably too busy with cloud-based Windows Desktops.
top Is Onlive Pirating Windows and Will It Cost Them?
Fair question which merits discussion. First, sreaming Crysis
... now pirating Office?
I hate to troll, but still think this company is trying to peddle technology that just isn't in demand, and when it is will be done by Apple, Microsoft, Google, or Sony.
top The Internet Is Killing Local News, Says the FCC
There's simply one thing that turns me off from local TV news: That it's dominated by tales of assorted criminal doings, corruption, irrelevant stupid on-goings, or worthless weather forecasting. In one era it was perhaps useful; I don't see "local news" doing anything useful for years to come.
top PayPal Co-Founder Gives Out $100,000 To Not Go To College
As we're talking about superstars here it's probably not going to affect them much either way. Self-starters generally know how to teach themselves anyway.
Would would be better is if there was a tight bond between the grant and the school they're dropping out of and, perhaps, instead of dropping out for a period of time the University in question could give them credit or grant a different form of degree.
Modern Warfare 3 Details Leak
Games like this tend to go gold/platinum merely because gamers (or more likely, their parents) "buy the game on spec" sheerly on the brand name. The game industry gets it and uses that to their advantage.
The trick is to discourage people from buying games like this so if you're a gamer and see someone who's making this decision and "just say no". Harder than it looks really
top Netflix CEO Hesitant To Fight Cable
I've recently had a great discussion with a representative from my Cable company about reducing my bill. Paraphrasing, cutting the TV part of my service actually ends up costing me MORE. Makes sense when you just want to keep bilking customers for crap. With Netflix, Hulu Plus, and other services there's no real need for hundreds of channels of garbage.
top HTC Invests $40 Million In OnLive
I guess HTC is convinced enough to blow $40M on this, but this obsession with "streaming games from the cloud" really doesn't seem to have made much traction. I have to think that it makes even less sense on a cell phone because of how much bandwidth would be used.
top OnLive Aiming To Become Netflix of Games
just keep changing your business model!
top Italian Scientists Demonstrate Cold Fusion?
Good find. As always, being a Cold Fusion Physicist generally qualifies you as a crank scientist.
Not having a theory for how something works is cause for concern unless it was, of course, serendipity.
top OnLive To Be Built Into Vizio Devices
After watching OnLive struggle with gaining market acceptance, this is probably their best bet but people who want quality gaming experiences will stay away. They dropped the subscription fee probably out of sheer terror that they'd fail miserably. Now Android and TVs? Ultimately it looks to be headed to hotels to replace that crappy system you often find to entertain the kids.
Sadly, no matter what they do there's the TANSTAAFL principle. Someone has to pay for all that computing power in carrier hotels throughout the US, plus you have crackdowns on bandwidth at the end-user level. Give it a couple more years and we won't hear any more from OnLive.
top OnLive Awarded Patent For Cloud-Based Gaming
Looking back at Perlman's other ventures, it seems that he hypes a technology in an area and then ultimately makes money elsewhere. WebTV, for example
... that ended up getting picked up by other companies and was in one form turned into Moxi via Charter. Once this fails, it'll probably be picked up for a dime by some other company. No gamer is going to care if they have a patent ... and honestly does anyone?
Read the forums and responses throughout the Internet and you'll find that gamers really have no use for OnLive. It is a novelty ... a "gee whiz, I can play Crysis on a crappy laptop" kind of thing. In the United States we already have huge issues with broadband and the recent wins by various companies to throttle traffic is already hurting them. Why "stream" video of a game being played (by you, and elsewhere) when you offload all that onto your own machine?
They missed many targets and dropped prices already means that they're not reaching the market. "Cloud Gaming" is complete BS.
top Sound As the New Illegal Narcotic?
This kind of insanity is just plain stupid. Binaural beats have a documented psycho-dynamic effect
... programs like Hemi-Sync are intriguing. I don't think people are going to get "high" off of them though. But what if they do? If binaural beats are made illegal and deemed "narcotic", then the "drug war" is more about denying people access to their own minds.
top Cloud Gaming Service OnLive Set For Launch
I've tried to get my head around this, but even if it works uniformly for everyone I'd have a really hard time seeing it be any more than a niche market.
Between GameStop for consoles, Steam for the PC (and now Mac), and increasing options for DLC, it's going to be a really hard-sell to gamers who are used to owning something physical that they can trade in (even for horrible rates).
I bet broadband will kill them. Net neutrality is going to fail, unfortunately, so people are going to get capped and have overage fees. Better to invest in a nice used XBOX 360 ($150 or less sometimes).
top British PC Tax to Replace TV License?
Sounds like the RIAA in the US all over again. People turn off their TVs to become more interactive (e.g. computer use) and all of a sudden the media corporations get all up in arms.
Let's face it, despite how much TV people actually watch, TV in its old form (the "idiot box") is evolving and soon there won't be much distinction between TV or a PC. We're already seeing this with TiVo and media centers.
How this all gets sussed out is yet another matter. I suppose the TV license approach is as valid as any and likely better than commercial TV here in the US. The truth is that ALL media producers are going to have to consider that online distribution is the future. TV shows will be downloaded on demand and "through the air" distribution will be tremendously different, probably more useful for real-time news rather than actual entertainment (although I don't see much difference these days.
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