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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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104. Re: On OnLive Game Prices Jun 22, 2010, 18:14 DG
 
This will be something required and completely non-negotiable by the publishers. They're not going to put any risk of cannibalising their retail sales. Many will be under contractual obligations not to compete "unfairly" with retail, which means no distribution method can have lower pricing.

The 2013 date is likely due to publishers requiring a contractual term allowing them to pull rights on that date.

The finger-pointing should be at the rights-hoplders: the publishers. That said, it's kind of moot since either way it makes the Onlive service extremely unappealing, and there is plenty of doubts over other elements of the service.

While experience consistently shows that applying business sense to the decisions of gaming companies leads to a gross overestimation of their abilities, it's still a fair bet that this is far from being the approach OnLive wanted to take with this.

I'm sure they're also completely frustrated with the other restrictions demanded by publishers, like being able to block games on certain platforms (so you'll have some games playable on the TV console thing but not on PC, etc). I literally LOL'd on hearing that. The entire point of OnLive is that the platform is completely irrelevant.

Fang wrote on Jun 22, 2010, 17:00:
Yeah, I'm sure Blue would try to protect industry execs identities if they want to stay anonymous.

Usually sites are fine with "official" people being anon on the boards aslong as they don't abuse the anonymity.
 
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