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    I hope it isn't the future! I love my hardware!

    This looks like Steam meets Youtube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by logan View Post
    I hope it isn't the future! I love my hardware!

    This looks like Steam meets Youtube.
    LOL Logan!

    No question that the downloading vs. retail box, and cheaper prices, is a win for Steam. However, I dislike that even Steam has no "return policy"... so you have to judge whether or not you'll like a game based on reviews and not your actual experience.

    I wouldn't actually do tons of serious gaming on this platform, but as a way of "demo-ing" games that have no demo in the market (to decide whether or not to buy), I think it's a fantastic idea. Especially if I can potentially get the first year for free!

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    Look at the e-mail I just got:

    Hi Eido cohen,

    Congratulations! You have been selected from the wait-list for membership activation and immediate access to the OnLive Game Service.


    Come on Logan - check it out and spread the word! I get nothing from referring you other than knowing you get value out of it.

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    My internet is so slow that I can't watch any youtube save the lowest qualites - playing games through it would be a NIGHTMARE!

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    Late last year I was invited to sign up for a "chance" to be selected to get a Free 1 year subscription (which I did) and a couple months back I received an email from them saying I was selected to get this Free deal, BUT then I read the small print some of which is: You need to have a minimum of 5Mbps internet service and the subscription to access their site to see demos is Free, but you have to pay a fee to actually play games!

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    My internet is 1.2Mb or so, and the only thing it has on steam is that you can play from ANY computer without having to install anything. The drawback is that it's like gamefly in that you pay every month, but it's also like steam in that you have to pay to play anything.

    So you pay for what, a convenience? Ehh. What if your net goes out? Then what? No offline mode, obviously!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    Late last year I was invited to sign up for a "chance" to be selected to get a Free 1 year subscription (which I did) and a couple months back I received an email from them saying I was selected to get this Free deal, BUT then I read the small print some of which is: You need to have a minimum of 5Mbps internet service and the subscription to access their site to see demos is Free, but you have to pay a fee to actually play games!
    Steve, your comment prompted me to go check out a recent review of them. You are absolutely right... dammit! LOL...

    Quote Originally Posted by notebookreview.com
    CONCLUSION
    The first major question is: does OnLive work? Surprisingly, yes it does. The latency is definitely noticeable, but for some games it may be less of an issue and either way, if you're not hardcore but just want to play somewhat casually, the latency may not be a big deal to you. It certainly runs better than it has any right to. While I do have the benefit of living in California where apparently their servers are located (and thus incurring less of a latency hit than another user might suffer with), it's my understanding it works alright from people living a touch farther than I do.


    The other major question is: is it worth the money? Absolutely not. Other reviewers have been kinder about this than I'll be: either make the customer pay for the subscription, or make them pay for the games, but don't make them pay for both. I don't care that the subscription fee at present is just $4.95 a month for the second year and free for the first (that's provided you get into their Founding Members program). Asking a subscription fee and then charging retail prices for these games is obscene. This kind of double-dipping mars the service immeasurably. When you can buy an Xbox 360 for $200 -- a gaming console that offers the overwhelming majority of games available on OnLive -- and then buy the games themselves, actually own them in perpetuity, and have a better-looking and more responsive local version running on your TV, why would you go with OnLive? Especially since your computer has to be on a wired connection right now anyhow, what are the odds you're playing anything outside of your home?


    OnLive is an important proof-of-concept that gaming in the cloud is at least possible, so that when the United States stops ranking fifteenth in terms of broadband quality in the world, something like it can become a genuinely viable option. The service itself is about as good as you can ask, even a bit ahead of its time considering the technology infrastructure presently trying to support it. But the pricing is damning. Charging retail for games you'll never own on top of the subscription fee may be fine for people used to paying for MMORPGs, but the hardcore gamer demographic isn't going to put up with it.
    OnLive's bottom line: Great proof, best execution we could hope for, and not remotely worth the money.

    I'm glad I didn't give them my credit card number, just a throwaway e-mail address... oh well, too good to be true is too good to be true.
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