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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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17. Re: OnLive Beta Sep 4, 2009, 06:47 StingingVelvet
Reading the comments on this thread remind me of that commercial involving a bunch of old establishment fucks sitting at a boardroom table laughing about the prospects of bottled water, etc. New ideas do happen...people try new things. Get used to it. This idea simply offers some people a possibly more convenient way to play games. No computer? No PC? At grandma's? You can use this service to wile away your time in Crysis or whatever just about anywhere you wish. It is not going to replace the other services.

Sometimes... often even... grandpa is wise, and you should listen to him.

The very idea that a cloud gaming future means never, ever owning a game is enough to keep me from it. Throw in never modding, never tinkering, never improving graphics, never selling and never collecting and you have a massive clusterfuck I want to see die.

It's pretty simple... you take away a lot of what gaming means to me and I am not going to be happy.
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