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Old 04-29-2009, 02:41 AM   #1
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This new...service shown at GDC functions as a as a rental service of sorts. Somehow, you would pay a monthly fee and have access to any game that you want, which would be streamed to you while you play. Speculation going around is that it could replace traditional consoles, since you would not have a high price of entry and no actual games to pay for. What do you make of this?

Personally, there is nothing here that would convince me to leave the regular consoles in the future.

First: you don't actually own the games you just rent them or something, like renting a movie off of Xbox. I don't know about you guys, but I like to have my own tangible copy of a game that I like.

Second: What about multiplayer? If the game is being streamed, then how would multiplayer work? Why would play on this when you most likely won't be able to play with any of your existing "friends" on Xbox Live and PSN?

Third: How would this work? What about lag? Something like this would require MASSIVE amounts of bandwidth and server power, how could they effectively and consistently pull this off?

So...what do you guys think? If you want more information on this service you should check out Gametrailers.com
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Old 04-29-2009, 10:24 PM   #2
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This new...service shown at GDC functions as a as a rental service of sorts. Somehow, you would pay a monthly fee and have access to any game that you want, which would be streamed to you while you play. Speculation going around is that it could replace traditional consoles, since you would not have a high price of entry and no actual games to pay for. What do you make of this?

Personally, there is nothing here that would convince me to leave the regular consoles in the future.

First: you don't actually own the games you just rent them or something, like renting a movie off of Xbox. I don't know about you guys, but I like to have my own tangible copy of a game that I like.

Second: What about multiplayer? If the game is being streamed, then how would multiplayer work? Why would play on this when you most likely won't be able to play with any of your existing "friends" on Xbox Live and PSN?

Third: How would this work? What about lag? Something like this would require MASSIVE amounts of bandwidth and server power, how could they effectively and consistently pull this off?

So...what do you guys think? If you want more information on this service you should check out Gametrailers.com
another question would be what would the games be streamed through??? and what about patches or downloadable content?
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Old 04-30-2009, 02:42 AM   #3
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another question would be what would the games be streamed through??? and what about patches or downloadable content?
I know, how does that work. There are too many unanswered questions. Personally, I don't see actual consoles fading out for awhile, they're almost like a tradition of the industry. They've been around since 1972, that's 37 years! I just have a hard time picturing a gaming industry without consoles, it just doesn't seem right.
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Old 04-30-2009, 05:00 PM   #4
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I know, how does that work. There are too many unanswered questions. Personally, I don't see actual consoles fading out for awhile, they're almost like a tradition of the industry. They've been around since 1972, that's 37 years! I just have a hard time picturing a gaming industry without consoles, it just doesn't seem right.
its (in a way) the same thing we can get off a gaming site like steampowered.com its a site by Valve where u can download games by valve and its partners (for a price) and you own them and play them right off your computer! maybe this will work the same way
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its (in a way) the same thing we can get off a gaming site like steampowered.com its a site by Valve where u can download games by valve and its partners (for a price) and you own them and play them right off your computer! maybe this will work the same way
Not according to the description I heard. This would be something different. Go to Gametrailers.com and watch the newest "Bonus Round" video. I think it's somewhere in the first chapter.
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this thing seems like a rip off to me
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Old 05-03-2009, 11:35 PM   #7
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this thing seems like a rip off to me
I don't see it as a rip off.
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this thing seems like a rip off to me
id actually say it sounds convenient
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id actually say it sounds convenient
I guess we'll just have to wait and see how it works. (I still won't go for it if it does happen to work.)
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id actually say it sounds convenient
Yeah, I think so, too.
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