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Amazon reportedly wants to launch a streaming service for video games next year
bgr.com ^ | January 10th, 2019 | Andy Meek

Posted on 01/11/2019 2:30:43 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper

... the Internet retail giant is joining the growing list of companies that want to build what’s essentially a Netflix for video games. Microsoft and Google are likewise interested in this, and what Amazon also wants to develop is a version of what Sony also has via PlayStation Now — a way to stream games instead of customers having to fork over the money to buy and download them.

Talks have already begun between Amazon and game publishers for this streaming outlet that, at the earliest, would be live sometime next year. And it should go without saying, services like this coming to fruition would represent a huge transformation of the business model supporting the video game industry, as the new report notes. “Streaming services represent a potentially significant shift in the games business by, in some cases, eliminating the need for players to purchase expensive hardware, such as consoles or PCs, to run the most elaborate titles,” according to The Information. “Instead, the games run on powerful computers inside data centers, allowing people to play them on devices with less processing muscle, including smartphones, tablets and smart televisions.”

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1 posted on 01/11/2019 2:30:43 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: beaversmom

Ping :)


2 posted on 01/11/2019 2:32:15 PM PST by KC_Lion (If you want on First Lady Melania's, Ivanka Trump's or Sarah Palin's Ping Lists, just let me know.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Welp, that will be the end of Gamestop for sure.

Blockbuster style.


3 posted on 01/11/2019 3:03:00 PM PST by chris37 (No wall? No vote.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Software as a service. SaaS.


4 posted on 01/11/2019 3:07:13 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: chris37

I still should get one of those C64 mini computer game rigs.

Those are about the only games I’m probably any good at. After a day of supporting the technology challenged, doing much with a box after hours doesn’t interest me much.


5 posted on 01/11/2019 3:25:38 PM PST by wally_bert (We're low on dimes in fun city.)
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To: wally_bert

I used to love Archon on C64 back in the day, and Archon II Adept.


6 posted on 01/11/2019 3:36:13 PM PST by chris37 (No wall? No vote.)
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To: chris37

Archon on the Commodore. Good times.


7 posted on 01/11/2019 3:37:46 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: chris37

I could never get any of those Commodore tape drive games to work.

What cartridge based ones I had were fun.


8 posted on 01/11/2019 3:38:10 PM PST by wally_bert (We're low on dimes in fun city.)
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To: wally_bert
I still should get one of those C64 mini computer game rigs.

Way to humble brag.
All we could afford when I was a kid was the Commodore Vic 20.
;-)
9 posted on 01/11/2019 3:42:04 PM PST by RandallFlagg (Fact: Gun control laws kill innocents.)
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To: wally_bert

I dunno if Archon was on tape, i think it was a floppy if I recall correctly, which I probably do not.

I had three or so tape games, they were all text adventures similar to Zork.

Everyone one of those tape games corrupted on me within a week of use or so.


10 posted on 01/11/2019 4:03:39 PM PST by chris37 (No wall? No vote.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Freakin’ battle chess, nothing better!


11 posted on 01/11/2019 4:04:15 PM PST by chris37 (No wall? No vote.)
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To: RandallFlagg

We had the VIC 20 and the C64 later.

My grandfather was always trying new things with his VIC 20.


12 posted on 01/11/2019 4:04:51 PM PST by wally_bert (We're low on dimes in fun city.)
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To: SamAdams76

Funniest line I ever heard at a technical talk, this about 5-6 years ago:

“I used to be an Application Service Provider, then I did Software as a Service, and now I’m doing Cloud Computing.”

The room cracked up.


13 posted on 01/11/2019 4:10:31 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Cable/CATV will be gone in 3-4yrs, and Streaming will be the commercial future, for a number of years.


14 posted on 01/11/2019 4:45:42 PM PST by carriage_hill (A society grows great when old men plant trees, in whose shade they know they will never sit.)
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To: RandallFlagg
lucky guy

This was mine...

15 posted on 01/11/2019 4:54:38 PM PST by kanawa (Trump Loves a Great Deal)
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To: chris37
I used to love Archon on C64 back in the day, and Archon II Adept.

So many fond memories. I was in the Air Fore from 82 to 86 in computer repair when the C64 came out. I had a vic 20 at first but sold it to one of my buddies. Had the c64 for a while and for us young guys in the shop it was great. We all got subsidized for housing/food etc so we had disposable income to buy computers. we would have big game parties...everyone would bring their rigs to someone's house and play. I must have days on that thing learning to program in basic and playing games etc. It really was the launching point for my whole IT career. I think i sold the c64 to another buddy and got an Atari ST (maybe?).

One of my first jobs out of the Air force I ended up getting to buy an Compaq portable computer when the company was done with it. Kind of like the size of a small suitcase with tiny monitor built right in. Learned dos real well on that and wrote several apps in Turbo Pascal.

Great times!

16 posted on 01/11/2019 4:59:07 PM PST by DouglasKC
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To: chris37

Oh yeaa.


17 posted on 01/11/2019 5:25:34 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: chris37

Welp, that will be the end of Gamestop for sure.

Maybe maybe not. GameStop makes thier money on used games and Consoles. The used game market is big and it’s nice to get a little money back for a game you will never play again. As for myself l always wait 6 months or so and save about 50% by buying a used copy of a big title.


18 posted on 01/11/2019 5:27:15 PM PST by gibsonguy
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Huh? Doesn’t Amazon already own Twitch?


19 posted on 01/11/2019 5:27:43 PM PST by montag813
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To: Berlin_Freeper

They already own Twitch.com. Can’t be much different I would think.


20 posted on 01/11/2019 5:31:20 PM PST by cornfedcowboy
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