Here it is, GDC Week and Steerpike’s not there. Why is Steerpike not there? Because his press pass didn’t come through until the very last second and flights were like $1,500, so he said screw it. Steerpike’s not made of money, people. Steerpike’s gotta count his pennies just like the rest of us. His absence has not stopped every PR Agency IN THE WORLD from emailing Steerpike constantly, inviting him to learn all about their Exciting New Technology That Will Be At GDC.
The big unveil that everyone’s talking about this morning is OnLive, a service that uses proprietary magicks and the power of cloud computing to deliver cutting edge games to less-than-cutting-edge systems – PC or HDTV. Looks like a monthly subscription plus cost of specific games is what it’ll set you back, and while my elegiac remarks about GameTap’s twilight days have probably given you some impression of how I feel about subscription services, there is one important thing to consider: yes, subscriptions suck, especially if you have to pay more on top of that for this game or that one. But if OnLive’s claims are true, you could play the cruelest, most poorly optimized, CPU-crushing games imaginable on your sorry-ass PC (or on your HDTV), but take advantage of the Cloud’s awesome CPU and GPU capabilities. Heck, if it takes off, this could be the end of home-based gaming as it’s always been known. Thoughts? Discuss!