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Posted: Oct 21st 2011 3:02PM nimzy said

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Doesn't OnLive have a spectator service? If so, there are a whole host of reasons you'd play MMOs on it.

Posted: Oct 21st 2011 3:03PM Lateris said

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I think everything is eventually going to be streamed and will be a form of subscription model in the future.

Posted: Oct 21st 2011 3:30PM Germaximus said

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OnLive is absolutely incredible. =) As long as your connection to the service is good of course.

Posted: Oct 21st 2011 8:31PM Graill440 said

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@Germaximus

I did try this service, even with the package i have the service was horribly latent. Pass for me.
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Posted: Oct 21st 2011 3:39PM Germaximus said

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I forgot to mention they just did an event on facebook and now they have a promotion for all new users (and previous users) to get any game for $1.

New users should simply automatically get their first purchase for $1, check it at purchase.

Posted: Oct 21st 2011 3:45PM (Unverified) said

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If you havent tried ONLIVE out yet, stop reading this and GO THERE NOW!!!!

If you have a $2000+ computer rig, playstation 3 AND Xbox 360, along with 100+ of the newest titles, then Onlive wont be a big deal.


BUT, if you have a NORMAL computer, dont have(or havent played in a while) PS3/xbox 360 - the ONLIVE is the greatest thing to happen to gaming!!!

Just an example...

I was big into Ps2, xbox, gamecube , etc,,, for years , but once I started playing mmorpgs - i stopped played console games on a regular basis, (so you know, i have a decent laptop for around $500-$600 ) After seeing a lot of mmorpgs giving up , selling out and going the HORRIBLE way of F2P, I needed to take a break,
Now, rather than going and buying an xbox 360, ps3 or new computer, I found out about Onlive and for ONLY $9.99, I received access to 110 premium games. All of these games LOOK as if i have a $2000 computer, or xbox 360/ps3 on an HD tv.
Of these 110 games included in this $9.99 "PLAYPACK" option, I probably would never play around 30 of them, These arent "bad" games, they just arent for me. So 80 games that I would play in a heartbeat, and of the 80, 60 were released in the last 2 years and at least 20 were released in the last 12-18 mos!!!!
Batman Arkham Asylum, Fear2, Fear 3, Lego Batman, Frontlines, Borderlands, the list goes on and on!!!!
Action games, Shooters, rpgs, adventure games and even some fun puzzle/mystery,etc games!

As an avid mmorpg players that plays on a "normal" laptop rig, its such a welcome change to play soooooo many amazing titles ive never had the chance to experience, as well as play all these games on my 3 year old computer, and have it look like its being played on ULTIMATE GAMING RIG!!!!

Plus, you can view others playing live, record "brag clips" , send messages, voice chat in and out of games and more! ALL FREE!!!!

Oh and you can also pay $99 bucks to get the small system itself and a controller, and plug it into your HDMU compatible TV and play at home without the need of a computer- your choice,

BUT for just $9.99 you cant beat the playpack. They also have NEW rel;eases and additions every day that you can buy for HEAVILU discounted prices.

LASTLY, you can go to the OnLive website and play EVERY GAME in their roster for 30MINUTES...... FREE!!! and as many times as you want!!!( that way you can see how fast it is on your computer and try out a bunch of the titles)

I'm warning you, once you try a few of these games in the 30min "demo mode" , you will be paying that 10bucks and enjoying some amazing gaming fun!

With SWTOR and many other new mmorpgs coming out over the next few months. taking 30 days to play some console games and get your mind away from the mmo community will do A LOT for your enjoyment of ALL genres.

SEE YOU ON ONLIVE! S!

-X

Posted: Oct 21st 2011 9:51PM Scuffles said

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............ if you spent $2000+ on a gaming PC you are an idiot....

But you are an idiot with obvious disposable income ..... Soooo that will work out great for buying the unlimited bandwidth tier your ISP will probably be charging top dollar for. Or dealing with the surprise bill when you see you have gone about $700 over your tiers bandwidth limit.

Onlive is a decent service but until ISPs pull their heads out of their asses ..... its not really practical.

If your ISP doesn't cap you out .... then by all means enjoy it while it lasts :)
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Posted: Oct 23rd 2011 10:00AM (Unverified) said

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Wow such pure marketing speak. Amazing.
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Posted: Oct 28th 2011 2:26AM ChongShin said

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@(Unverified) My thoughts exactly. It looks like spam for OnLive, frankly.
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Posted: Oct 21st 2011 4:40PM HokieKC said

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Beau, you must live really close to an Onlive server (under 100 miles) and have a fast internet to have such a positive experience. The few times I tried it Online was just horrendous in terms of performance.

Having said that if Onlive upgrades their infrastructure and added MMOs I would have more interest in Onlive.

Posted: Oct 21st 2011 5:17PM Yarr said

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Anyone with a capped broadband provider (like scummy AT&T) should keep in mind this would eat into their cap in a big way. I'm not interested in something like this but I can see some people might find it useful. But with the phoney usage caps (and soon to come tiered levels) being implemented everywhere to squeeze even more money from users, never mind that most of the US internet was and is still being built with taxpayer money, they'll kill off services like this or make them far more expensive to use.

Posted: Oct 21st 2011 6:48PM dudes said

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It's not a panacea as ISPs are stingy with streaming bandwidth en masse. Good luck to them anyway.

Posted: Oct 21st 2011 9:02PM Skyydragonn said

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I remeber when OnLive was first announced i bemoaned myself for not having the capitol on hand to make a large investment in the companies future.

Being an OnLive user i can say the service is great for what it does, my online gripe is lack of control option support for some games, like arkham asylum, playing THAT was a mouse and keybaord was PITA lemme tell you. :p

Posted: Oct 21st 2011 10:06PM hami83 said

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i've bugged Onlive a few times about MMOs.

Imagine playing Rift of FFXIV on your Ipad or netbook with no problems.
I would KILL for that! lol

I'm more shocked that FFXIV isn't no there since SE and Onlive seems to have a good relationship, but I guess that game is in a weird state right now with 2.0 any everything.

I'm hoping games like Rift and Global agenda get on there.
Sure there may be technical issues, but spectator mode would be amazing for people who want to be in a community or get live tips.

Posted: Oct 22nd 2011 12:42AM donweel said

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Looks interesting, I thought onlive required a special console. If it actually works with my setup would be definitely a good thing.

Posted: Oct 22nd 2011 2:55AM Sente said

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You may not necessarily have to have split second timing decisions all the time, but regardless of that perceived response time delays will have a negative impact on the experience anyway if it is consistent.

This is something that it seems you would need a good fast network connection with stable low latency towards their servers.

A potential problem here is that either the MMO companies would be hosting the servers that do the client work for you, or an ONLIVE type hosting would connect to the MMO, similar to what regular game client do today.

In the former case the good play experience may be somewhat local only in to have a good bandwidth low latency connection. In the second case these hosting services need to be distributed in many places over the world to cover a worldwide audience and they will be subject to same connectivity issues that game clients may experience today.

Posted: Oct 22nd 2011 3:49AM BGExorcist said

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1. Do not consider Onlive
2. Buy parts for your 2003 year PC (if you cant run an MMO, i guess thats the year of making of the parts) with the cash saved.
3. Be happy.

Posted: Oct 22nd 2011 4:15PM Beau Hindman said

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@BGExorcist This isn't only about running an MMO, since OnLive obviously is not running MMOs *yet*. This is about the technology that will save people money.

Every year, PC tech gets cheaper and more powerful for the an average PC. Of course, every year there are games that will push that price up. In 20 years we might have personal devices that will be auto-adjusting and universal in their ability to run any level of graphics, but until then the 99 dollar box from OnLive or the 10 a month option that can be ran on an old netbook might be an option.

Anyway, a PC from 2003 can still run MMOs...lots of them hehe:

http://massively.joystiq.com/category/mmobility/

Beau
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Posted: Oct 22nd 2011 5:41AM Nhoj1983 said

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On live is good.. but I'd hesitate to have it run mmos... It would require a top of the line internet connection and let's face it.. not everyone even has the option to get such goodness and if they do it might be more than they want to pay per month. If your really paying over $100 a month for your internet.. in my mind that would cost more than I'm willing to pay. $60 hurts.. Not worth it for more.

If they could do it and have the games run on low end cable internet.. I'd be totally with you here but otherwise? The cost of a good computer at least is a one time thing that will last for years... nickle and diming yourself is a good way to the poorhouse. I'm not on board with that. In a perfect word absolutely but we're not in a perfect world.

Posted: Oct 22nd 2011 9:54AM M1sterLee said

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The fact is that Onlive won't work for MMOs currently because they will not allow the games developers to patch the game when then want/need to.

MMOs get patches all the time and having to wait months for Onlive to 'allow' the game to be patched isn't going to work.

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