Everybody Gets a Free OnLive Game System at PAX

So I got an email today from OnLive telling me what they’ll be having at PAX. Included was this: “Giveaways galore at the OnLive booth including thousands of OnLive Game Systems! Simply sign up for a player tag at http://www.onlive.com/pax or if you’re already an OnLive member, just come by the booth with your player tag and email.”

I didn’t really know what that meant. But it turns out what that meant is that anybody who has an OnLive account can go to the OnLive booth at PAX and get a free OnLive microconsole. Which is just absurd. Since the website says you can “collect” the microconsole at the booth, I assume that means they just hand you one.

Man, that’s just crazy.

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6 Comments on Everybody Gets a Free OnLive Game System at PAX


On August 25, 2011 at 2:00 pm

I feel sorry for onlive. They are REALLY trying to push their idea down people’s throats in whatever way they can and in doing so sinking alot of money into an idea that just can’t seem to catch on.

I believe their original plan was charge people 15 dollars + the cost of the game (lol)- that failed

Then they got rid of the subscription fee and introduced the onlive console for 100 bucks but I’m pretty sure no one bought it.

Then they just started giving the micro-console away for free at every event in the hopes of maybe people will get the console and actually end up buying something.

Then they reintroduced the subscription fee for 10 dollars BUT you now have 80+ games that you can play (Only 10-15 of which are actually any good, the rest are utter garbage..I actually checked the game list)+ the 30% off of games, which is not bad of a deal, if you actually dont get lag.

Just a quick glance at the “arena” feature kinda tells you how many people are on onlive playing.
Borderlands ~ 20 ppl
Homefront Multiplayer ~ 15 ppl
Bioshock – 3 ppl
AC Brotherhood ~ 15 people, six or so of which were just trying the game. Only one sob almost spoiled the ending for me. At least it looked like the ending.

The Big one – Just came out – Deus Ex: Human Revolution…30ish? At least I know that in the evening time there are 30 something people happy onlive customer playing a game just released.

That’s pethetic.


On August 25, 2011 at 2:14 pm

OMG I completely forgot that everyone who bought the game on PC gets a free copy of the game on Onlive…hahahaha so nevermind about 30 paid customers


On August 25, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Even before it launched, I could easily point out the major faults of OnLive. The service runs on the slowest part of any console or PC: the internet connection. Granted, some people in certain parts of the world have really impressive connections to the internet, but the people who can afford such connections usually can afford a gaming PC, console, or both. It was insane for OnLive to think that any half-intelligent person would want to pay a subscription fee for what is essentially a “dumbed down” experience. I’ve tried to come up with some justification for the initial savings OnLive provides by removing the need to purchase the gaming hardware outright, but in the end, those savings don’t justify dumbing down the experience.

And that’s really the whole point of OnLive: to provide those who can’t afford a performance/gaming PC (or console) the ability to play cutting edge games on their TV or display device. Today, I find there’s no excuse for avoiding paying for consoles though. The big three are almost giving their console hardware away now. You’re just being a cheap bastard by going through OnLive for that. However, I do find there are some tangible benefits for a certain target audience when using OnLive for PC gaming. We’re talking about people whose income is already low to begin with, but want that occasional PC gaming fix. But obviously, this is desperation on their part.

In 2007, it would have cost $1000 or so to build a PC that could run Crysis at a decent framerate. Some will recall the internet meme “But will it run Crysis?” that got popularized afterwards. It seems timing is everything, as I could have seen OnLive having lots of appeal in 2007 by giving people who couldn’t come up with $1000 the Crysis experience. However, the service didn’t go live until 2010. In fact, you can pull off that same $1000+ gaming machine for $400 today. PCs have gotten faster and cheaper. The thing that has been lagging is software. PC games are far more conservative and less demanding in that respect. And until that changes, any appeal OnLive has right now is pretty much moot.

Since OnLive is nothing but a “poor man’s” gaming service, the only way OnLive can compete is if it starts offering titles cheaper than they can be bought anywhere else. If people aren’t saving money, then why would they bother using a service (much less pay for it) where the end results is some form of limited or estranged experience?

It’s pretty simple really. OnLive is just trying to scrape the barrel for any scraps of money leftover in people’s pockets. It is truly pathetic. I wish the service would just die already. At the very least, curl up in some quiet corner of the internet like some drug dealer.


On August 26, 2011 at 7:45 am

@ Steve

You said it. $1000 pc is now around 400
I built:
AMD quad core 3.5 GHz
6GB of ddr 3 ram running at 1333MHz
For about 450 dollars . It could have been cheaper if I just did 2 cores but what the hell..

AND that PC runs everything..Bring on Crysis, Bring on Metro 2033 (Demanding as much as crysis), Bring on whatever you want.

If you got a job at McDonalds (cant possibly find a lower paying job) and you work 2 weeks, you will make enough money to buy a PC that is able to handle anything.

Not only is a PC better anyways. If you know how to use a computer (Not just for gaming) then that 400 dollar investment is a no brainer. Just getting rid of your cable and telephone line and getting netflix and a VoIP service should save you will over 400 dollars in just one year.

The only reason Onlive is still floating is because it’s backed up by a bunch of investors. AT&T and Warner Bros are the big ones.


On August 28, 2011 at 11:55 am

@Steve You base the user count by the arena? I’m sure it doesn’t show all users on as it cycles pretty quickly going left to right in either direction. Your view of them seems pessimistic for some undisclosed reason and you are blindly assuming several changes in the service as failures.

While I’m not inclined to share my opinions on the service, I feel that your views are based on a biased view of half the truth.


On August 30, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Although Onlive’s concept of cloud-base gaming may be unappealing to some people, there is a niche for their type of service. I happen to fall in that niche and Onlive works well for me. It really is for a poor man’s gaming experience (or for the cheap ass gamer if you prefer) and I’ll admit to that. There are a couple of things I like about Onlive:

1) It lets me play games that wouldn’t run on my HP TC4400 tablet pc that I bought on ebay for $160 used. I actually needed this tablet, because I hated using my netbook with it’s tiny keyboard and screen and because I needed a tablet that lets me draw chemical compounds for the classes I’m taking.

2) It’s cloud base, so when my fiancee needs to use my tablet pc for class, while I’m at home feeling the need to play a game, I could just log into Onlive on my old laptop and just play where I left off.

3) I can try out a game or watch others play it before deciding to shell out money for a full pass.

4) With the exception of the Microconsole (which needs a wired connection), I can play onlive using a wireless connection, which is offers a great no lagging experience for me.

4) I don’t have to buy a gaming pc for $400, when I could use that money to pay bills, go out on many dates with my fiancee, use that money for plane tickets to visit our parents who live halfway across the country or pay back a portion (well at least the interest) of my $220K student loans(yes, it’s $220K because I’m currently attending a health professional school and because most of this debt is what I carried over from earning my bachelor’s and Master’s). I do work a job as an intern, but most of my money goes to food, rent, books, bills, investments and savings (my loans only cover tuition and a part of my living expenses)

5) Cheap games. Onlive offers a huge sale once in a while and now they have what they call $5 Fridays where they reduce the price for a full-pass to $5 (as oppose to a 3-day or 5-day play pass) for their featured game. I’ve always wanted to play Batman Arkham Asylum ($5 friday), Assassin’s Creed 2 (75% off for $8)
, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood (75% off for $16), Darksider (50% off for $10) and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction ($5 fridays) and now I can. It gives me a chance to play all these games for the same price I would have shelled for Assassin’s Creed 2 ($60 on Amazon for any system).

Now, I have to agree, I really do think the Microconsole will be a failure because I can do the same thing by having my laptop hook to the TV ($15 for both video and audio cable, which I have done and this also gives me the ability to watch movies from my laptop) and use an xbox 360 controller ($24 from Walmart) on my pc for that same experience. I know bandwidth may be a problem with some people, but I live in an apartment that offers free internet with no bandwidth limit, so it’s a bonus for me. The only problem is my apartment blocks all online gaming sites, meaning if I had a pc that could play warcraft 3, I wouldn’t be able to enjoy the online experience because that’s blocked too (as confirmed by a friend of mine who tried his account a few months ago). Since Onlive is really just streaming video and sound, the apartment can’t block that because that would mean blocking Netflix, which many people in my apartment subscribe to.