That’s right, for FREE.
You don’t need a console, and you don’t need a TV. All you need is a reliable internet connection. How is this possible you ask?
This website represents the first steps towards a revolution in gaming. Cloud gaming. Essentially allowing you to use the computing power of Onlive’s servers to play the games they have to offer. There is no need for a graphics card or a high performance desktop. I tested the service out this weekend and it was an absolute blast. Playing as Michael Jordan in his prime against the championship Laker team was a dream come true.
The way Onlive works is you download a desktop app that connects you to the Onlive server. The game is streamed to you via the internet. What really surprised me was the lack of lag time between inputing your commands and seeing the action take place on the screen. The response time was like playing a game installed on your computer. I have no idea how they were able to accomplish this, but I ain’t complaining.
All the games can be played for free, but only as a 30 minute demo. However, you can play the demo as many times as you’d like. 30 minutes was almost enough time for a full length basketball game in NBA 2K11. If you really like the game, you can purchase a playpass which will allow you to play the game for 3 or 5 days at a time. If you REALLY like the game, you can purchase the game in full for much less than retail price at a gaming store.
Besides NBA 2K11, Onlive also offers dozens of other top titles including Batman: Arkam Asylum, Assassin’s Creed, Unreal, and many others. You can watch highlight videos posted by other players, and spectate on other players. There are also many more titles coming to Onlive so better join now and grab a snazzy username!
Here is a video of the Onlive intro and interface:
Video of actual game play:
This is another blog post I wrote for the Knewton blog. It looks at the Hole in the Wall experiment where children in rural India were able to learn English given only a computer and some simple software. The experiment studies the effects of social interaction in learning, and that a teacher might not always be necessary for someone to learn.
I recently wrote a blog for my company’s blog about Ultimate Frisbee. It’s about the culture of Ultimate Frisbee found at tech startups on both sides of the coast. Give it a read.