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OnLive not exhibiting at E3

OnLive not exhibiting at E3

OnLive will not be exhibiting at E3 this year due to the target audience, while Swine Flu hampers Square Enix's plans.

OnLive, the supposed and controversial streaming game service of the future, will not be exhibiting at E3 this year as it doesn't believe it need to address the target audience of the show.

OnLive was announced earlier in the year and is a system by which games can be streamed from one location to another by using cloud computing. Essentially the game is run on a a high-end system in a OnLive gaming center, with the outputs streamed to your TV and the inputs sent back via a small 'micro-console'. It's all done over the internet and, while OnLive is certain the system will work flawlessly, others aren't as confident.

Since the OnLive system hasn't been publicly demoed yet it was hoped that it might make an appearance at E3 this year, but OnLive exec Mike McGarvey has smashed those hopes.

"More than anything, E3 is a retail-oriented conference, both for retail platforms and retail publishers, and OnLive is neither," he wrote on the OnLive blog. "You’ll hear and see plenty from us this year in the run up to our external Beta and launch though, delivered directly to your home through your broadband connection."

In other news, Square Enix has also announced that it will be minimising its presence at the show over fears of Swine Flu. Square is not the third major Japanese publisher to alter exhibition plans based on the burgeoning pandemic after a relatively large outbreak of the virus in Osaka, Japan. The Japanese government has previously advised individuals to limit travel where possible and Square, along with Capcom and Koei, has scaled back exhibition plans as a result.

"Due to the recent worldwide spread of H1N1 flu, a limited number of executives and development team members from Square Enix's headquarters in Japan will be attending E3 this year," Capcom's Sonia Im told Kotaku today.

What do you think of OnLive, or Swine Flu? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Combinho 22nd May 2009, 13:23 Quote
The demotivator thread is taking over the site. Be afraid.
Cupboard 22nd May 2009, 14:07 Quote
I think that it is pretty rubbish excuse really. "E3 is a retail-oriented conference" and your product is aimed at who exactly?
I reckon it just isn't living up to the hype!
UrbanMarine 22nd May 2009, 14:44 Quote
Atleast the Dead Rising team had a good excuse. OnLive is a failure waiting to happen..
Flibblebot 22nd May 2009, 15:58 Quote
Probably OnLive aren't showing because they don't actually have anything to show?
lewchenko 22nd May 2009, 16:34 Quote
Swine Flu ?

That is the lamest excuse I have ever heard for a company not wanting to attend E3. Seriously..... what a cop out. Atleast be honest and just admit you have nothing to show.
badders 22nd May 2009, 16:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by Flibblebot
Probably OnLive aren't showing because they don't actually have anything to show?

Bugger - you beat me to it!
ashchap 22nd May 2009, 18:09 Quote
Weren't they running a beta programme in america? Did anyone get to try it?
Farting Bob 22nd May 2009, 19:41 Quote
Gamers are cynical enough to bitch about input lag on their LCD's, can you imagine how we'd react to something that takes your input, uploads it to a central server, which then does the processing and finally sends the resulting image back, plus LCD input lag of course? It might work for java style games or games like RTS, Sim where you arent going to scream out in fury by having everything delayed half a second.
Cupboard 23rd May 2009, 01:48 Quote
The thing is, its not just like a ping of a second, its like a ping of a second down your mouse cable.
I would love them to get it to work, I really would but currently I am very skeptical.
TurtlePerson2 23rd May 2009, 06:09 Quote
The Swine Flu is just an excuse. I think that everyone knows that.
Elton 24th May 2009, 00:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by Farting Bob
Gamers are cynical enough to bitch about input lag on their LCD's, can you imagine how we'd react to something that takes your input, uploads it to a central server, which then does the processing and finally sends the resulting image back, plus LCD input lag of course? It might work for java style games or games like RTS, Sim where you arent going to scream out in fury by having everything delayed half a second.

Input Lag? I thought it was the lack of IPS panels that pissed gamers off...

Oh wait it is input lag.
Dreaming 24th May 2009, 01:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by Combinho
The demotivator thread is taking over the site. Be afraid.

First thing I thought as well!
Star*Dagger 25th May 2009, 10:42 Quote
OnLive will change Gaming. This is big.

S*D
goafreak 25th May 2009, 17:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by Star*Dagger
OnLive will change Gaming. This is big.

S*D

...the first beta test under real world circumstances will show that, until now it's just an IDEA, which sounds nice, though, but there are lots of ideas that sound interesting but fail when it comes to real world.
Bursar 26th May 2009, 10:28 Quote
I don't think it's going to be that big a deal. If it was, G-cluster would have been huge by now.
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