AJ has a few valid points I feel. Broadband is higher in western europe in % of internet users, digital stuff (tv,s the new mobiles with all the stuff they can do) are really big.
AJ feels strongly enough to post his opinions on this, good for him. And he has done so in a polite normal way.
Do I want to get my PC games online on a PC I do not own, nope, will it ever happen, I am pretty sure it will, will it be Infinium labs that does it... time will tell, maybe they are to early, maybe they are right on time.
One of the posters here was right, they seem to be using a normal PC, maybe with some VPN software or whatever, they are not creating a new platform, in that view $25 million is not that foolish, it's still not much
anyways, how many people have bought a console because of that one game.... how many have bought the X-box for Halo, how many have bought the gamecube for Zelda or Metroid Prime, I know I have done that last thing. (and I don't regret it)
The company that -in the future- can get titles like Half Life 3 or Doom 4 or (fill in your most played game) on a deal like this, so only available on a "you pay as you play" basis and you will never own the game will be the one that will make the "general" gamer join.
Of course the "hardcore" gamers will go to forums and bitch about it and of course they again won't see that for every hardcore gamer there are a few 100 general gamers... you know, those people that help keep the Sims on the best selling games list...
like it or not, the future for the general gamer will not include building his own pc to specs and going to stores buying games.... when it will start... I dunno, but probably sooner then we think