Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Dragon's Lair Returns


The Next Big Thing in video games seems to be streaming the content to thin clients. Of the two that I've come across (GaiKai and OnLive) GaiKai seems to be the most realistic. Given that my PC tends to strain just showing youtube, I wonder just how thin the client needs to be. Another question is bandwidth latency of course.

So why the picture of Dirk The Daring from Dragon's Lair? While reading about GaiKai's system of streaming a game as video via Flash, it hit me that this is not such a new idea after all. Why did Dragon's Lair stand apart in the arcades of the 80's next to the 8-bit invaders of space? Because it was excellently animated video on laser disc the story of which you directed and it was pre-rendered. It wasn't done on the fly like every other game. OK, Dragon's Lair was stand-alone, no remote server farm here but you get the idea.
If my local cable operator wanted to charge a reasonable monthly fee for something like GaiKai, I would be interested...

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