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OnLive Beta

The OnLive Blog announces the promised closed beta testing of OnLive is now underway, offering the chance to try this cloud-based gaming service first-hand (thanks Kotaku). They are still collecting beta sign-ups, and here's word on testing:

When you sign up for OnLive Beta, you tell us some general information about your ISP, your computer configuration and your location. We use this information to organize Beta testers into test groups so that our engineering team can focus at different times on testing different situations. If you are a potential fit for a particular test group, we’ll send you an invitation email, asking you to run a detailed Performance Test on your network connection and your computer configuration. The results of the Performance Test will then feed back up to OnLive, and if you are a fit for a test group at some point during Beta, we’ll let you install the OnLive plug-in into your browser. Then, we’ll ask you to spend some time playing…um, I mean…testing games OnLive.

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9. Re: OnLive Beta Sep 3, 2009, 06:31 [THA] Hamst3r
 
And while CoD4 singleplayer was only 5-6 hours, it was some of the best hours of my gaming life.

That seems to be the general consensus. I thought it was too much like an on-rails shooting gallery. It also had a lot of squad combat which is something I'm not fond of.

This isn't a thread about COD 4 though, so to reiterate my previous point; I'd like to try OnLive as a rental system for PC games. If Steam were to have reduced price rentals that would be pretty nice, I'd use those. Demos don't always exist and when they do they don't always provide an adequate measure for the full game. That's all.
 
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