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Posted: Jul 1st 2009 5:15PM (Unverified) said

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My first question would be, how's the lag? It seems like a cool piece of software and if it lets people play WoW at work it will immediately become golden.

Posted: Jul 1st 2009 5:49PM engrey said

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If they could get compaines like Adobe on board that would be great. Using that kind of software at home and not having to pay a ridiculous amount sounds great to me.

I would defiantly pay for this service if a subscription type system was offered. Like nob1e said, as long as lag is not an issue playing games like Mario Kart and many other titles would be great.

Posted: Jul 2nd 2009 7:34AM (Unverified) said

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Adobe are the kings of bloated and buggy software, leave them out of this please!
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Posted: Jul 1st 2009 5:50PM (Unverified) said

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Never mind at work, I can play Wow on my tiny notebook. Amazing. I do indeed hope this isn't some vapor wear, cause this seems like web 3.0 to me.

Posted: Jul 1st 2009 6:07PM (Unverified) said

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Seems like this isn't half as thought out as OnLive is - although the technology, I think, is the future of gaming. In fact in their FAQs they talk about how they don't worry about high end servers and delivering cutting edge response times in order to keep the cost low. However, that is what is exactly needed in order to play games at a quality resolution and response time. Without it, it would hurt the game play of even games that are over 10 years old like Mario Kart 64.

Also, I'm a little bit worried about the legitimacy of this product. They had a private server of WoW on there as well as a Nintendo game. I have a hard time believing that Nintendo would allow emulators to run their games and reinforce a product that can possibly make their system obsolete.

My hope still rests with OnLive. And as far as MMO's go, my biggest concern about clouding is addons. They obviously won't allow you to install your own - that goes against the way that this works.

Posted: Jul 2nd 2009 10:38AM (Unverified) said

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I very much doubt that was a private WoW server. If you noticed, the Midsummer Fire Festival was occurring as he shot the video. To my knowledge, world events like that are often not emulated on private servers. Moreover, the video must have been shot fairly recently as the event ends in a few days and started a week and a half ago.
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Posted: Jul 1st 2009 7:32PM (Unverified) said

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It's a proof of concept, what you're seeing isn't what's going to go live commercially. Don't be stupid.

Posted: Jul 1st 2009 8:17PM AlamoeJones said

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That's the future right there. Hopefully the near future. I can't wait to tell my kids about the 'old days' when I had to drive to Best Buy to buy all my games! I'm skeptical, but the more I see of this the more hyped I get.

Posted: Jul 2nd 2009 9:33PM (Unverified) said

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What i find interesting is that people are still skeptical that technology like this will work. All the key pieces already exist, HD streaming - Check (Netflix / Xbox Live / PSN), Server Based Game Processing - Check (Any MMO), Audio Streaming - Check (been around since the early 90s), Cloud Computing / Virtualization - Check (Amazon EC2, etc.). All the pieces work, its just a matter of making them work together.

Posted: Jul 1st 2009 9:36PM (Unverified) said

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I'd consider playing an MMO like EVE on this. with that, you're just targetting and activating modules.

But playing nearly any group pve game, ie raiding - or any pvp, be it arena in WoW, an FPS like Quake or TF2...I couldn't stand it.

Because in those games, you depend on knowing how your computer will perform, and what your latency to the game server is. I honestly wouldn't feel comfortable playing when I don't know anything about average framerates, and how stable the connection is.

Besides, doesn't this stream at 30fps? no matter what? disgusting.you miss out on all the little details with a constant 30 fps ALTHOUGH - 30 constant IS better than 30-60+ spiking.

Posted: Jul 1st 2009 9:37PM (Unverified) said

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Yeah, that's the future, more reasons for game companies to sell you services/subscriptions instead of products that you actually own and control.

I can't believe people think this is a good thing, its a blatant greed move, cloaked in marketing-speak.

If this is the future of gaming, I'll happily go back to all the books on my nightstand.

Greedy bastards.

Posted: Jul 1st 2009 11:52PM SgtBaker said

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I kinda get your vibe. I used to think like that as well.

But you know, I don't want to own stuff anymore. I don't want to have yet another piece of plastic disc at home. I don't want to get into the CD-DVD.-BlueRay-Whateverthenextformatis. I don't want to be buying and re-buying my collections.

Same goes for music and films - I'd like a streaming service(s) that has everything I need. So that I can pick whatever I want to listen/watch/play freely - for a monthly subscription, if necessary.

And I guess same would go for digital books - except that there are no viable digital readers available (where I live) yet. Damned Amazon, get on with the international Kindle...

I appreciate the "I want my disk-I bought it" and the non-drm viewpoints, but personally I'm done with it - I don't want to own more "stuff". I want to consume digital goods digitally - and having them streamed to you means you don't even have to worry about local storage. Win-win to me.
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Posted: Jul 2nd 2009 10:36AM (Unverified) said

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Well I'll save myself a couple grand by not building such a beast of a computer for my next upgrade and instead indulge in these services. Seems like a good value proposition when you put it in those terms.
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Posted: Jul 2nd 2009 9:59AM (Unverified) said

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Actualy I'm more concerned about the hardware stuff than anything. If I get it right, with this program streming the games and programs directly to my machine I'll don't need the cutingedge graphic cards or the most powerfull processor anymore. Just a good speed conection and I'm done. If thats true, what would companys like Nvidia and Intel have to say about it?

Posted: Jul 2nd 2009 12:17PM (Unverified) said

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The one that he clicked on wasn't the private server - rather the one in the upper left (with the vanilla wow picture of the NE girl). The one he clicked on was labeled "World of warcraft The Burning Crusade (US)"

Posted: Jul 2nd 2009 5:04PM (Unverified) said

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The resolution was kinda small, 1280x1024 or maybe even 1024x768, based of how small EVE looked.

WOW without a few mods is annoying, there was more WOW icons than just the one, so maybe they'll make a few different icons that launch the most popular mods in sets.

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