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On OnLive Game Prices

Now that OnLive is live, details have emerged on Eurogamer.net outlining how much games will cost on the service, in addition to OnLive fees (which are not being charged yet). They show Brain Challenge for $4.99, F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin for $19.99, Just Cause 2 for $49.99, and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction for $59.99. Those are all pretty much in line for the prices for those games at retail, except in this case you will need to maintain your OnLive subscription to keep playing these games, and even then, access to these titles is only certain for the next three years, as they all carry a "rental duration" which reads: "Until at least 17th June 2013."

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2 Games on OnLive + 1 year subscription fee = price of xbox360 arcade. HMMM tough call!

I believe the subscription can be started and stopped at any time so if someone wants to play the new call of duty game and after 2 months gets bored they can stop the service. If they're not playing the game all the time it won't make sense to keep paying a monthly fee. It's exactly like an MMO, you pay big money for a game that you'll only be able to play if you keep paying them. But you don't keep paying if you're not playing it anymore...

And this is assuming you have no ability to buy a pc or console, or just don't want to. If your friends keep saying how awesome portal 2 is and you have nothing but a laptop at home and just want to see what all the fuss is about then you'd pay for $15, then maybe rent portal for a few days and see if you like it. If you want to keep playing you pay more, otherwise you don't pay more. Total cost to you would be $25 at most to try it, vs hundreds to buy a console or thousands to buy a pc, plus more for the game.

The service works, it's blurry in the sense that a monitor that runs at 1920x1200 should make games look more clear than this but it's really close to what you see in consoles. On smaller screens like my laptop it looks really good. And with a controller the lag is much less apparent than it was with the keyboard and mouse. (which I found to be a pain in the ass to play games with on this service.

If they can get pricing to a level that people can live with (for the games) I think this service will appeal to a lot of people. Especially if they offer rental prices on all the games. You can rent or buy movies on your tivo/xbox which always seemed insane to me, why would you want to own a movie on your xbox or tivo? Just pay for $4 instead of $10 or $15 and rent it....I hope they do that here as well, I don't see as much demand for owning games through this service, it's perfectly suited for renting them.
 
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