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Topic: Forget DRM how about onlive European Escalation now in the cloud service called onlive
Onlive is an online gaming service which allows you to use somebody elses computer somewhere on the net.
Sounds like a good idea to have your game hosted in a server farm with good hardware over the internet?
Means you don't have to spend any money on hardware?
Means that like remote desktop you may be able to play your favorite games on your ipad or android tablet or hdtv.
For me I see:
a) no mods b) no freedom c) perhaps in the long term them making you pay a monthly subsciption d) my net is crap... drops out twice a night. What do I do then? e) They go bust and so do my games f) I will have to have some sort of premium account to get better graphics or they will upgrade too slowly when things I want to play come out g) My game specific hardware that I want to use will be incompatible with their hardware h) No indy developers just like consoles. Only the big titles or those that will play corporate ball with onlive.
Am I just paranoid? Do I really want to go remote desktop for my games? Reminds me of banks... we will hold and manage your money for you at least until we GFC you all. Its much better in my mattress where thieves and fire can get at it
Its all about control people. The more we have as gamers the more our hobby will prosper. The more control companies have of our PCs the more we will do what they want. You don't own your PC you are depriving yourself of choice between gaming services and smacking the poor indy devs down to nothingness. Not to mention slowing hardware vendors to a crawl just like consoles do.
Well not only that. Right now I am thinking of how I installed a custom (not yet released) beta patch for cliffs of dover to work with a server my mates play on. I doubt I could have that much control on their servers.
I mean I would want to troubleshoot right away too... but I think people managing onlive servers would not care.
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Windows 8 is also locking out browsers- which is aimed at the ARM chip in mobiles- without that support firefox, chrome etc will have no access. Years ago they went through a bunch of lawsuits over the same crap and here we are again. It's not exclusive to MS. Apple locked out Flash on it's devices-and is one huge reason I don't do Apple products-aside from thier other prioritory practices and inflated prices.