GameTap up for sale!

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yakumo9275
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Looks like GameTap is up for grabs.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/85486-Turner-Puts-GameTap-On-T...

Hoe many of you still run the service? I've never been able to get it to work, so I know they had a huge cool catalogue but could never try any of it...

Interesting to see what happens, as they are loosing large amounts of money. I wonder if things like the XBox Arcade / Wii virtual console are starting to eat its lunch?

Its hard to speculate how big a market retro games have. I think where they blew it was doing monthly subscription based stuff for what is essentially dosbox,mame,vice, snes9x type stuff.

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Mark Vergeer
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on the gui graphics update ....

The upgrade to the even more fancy interface made by perfectly game-tap capable notebook with 9700 Radeon Mobility unable to run the interface. The games underneath did function without any problems as long as I had access to them but now I cannot even enjoy the free service from the comfort of my notebook.



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Matt Barton
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The big problem with all

The big problem with all these services is that they are too worried about the WRONG things. TV footage? Who cares? Fancy interface? Who cares? The worst part, though, is all the crap they try to do to keep you from "pirating" it. Why don't they just let you download the game and play it whenever you want? Noooooo, that'd be STEALING, so they have to force you to log in, deal with crappy downloads, etc. Of course the alternative to this inconvenience--PIRACY! Does anyone see the problem here? It's actually EASIER to steal this stuff than to play it legally!

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Bill Loguidice
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GameTap

I think it's still a valuable service and has lots of potential if they can make the economics work. I agree that the fancy interface was unnecessary, and they did actually drop the TV/personality stuff, likely for budgetary reasons. I still think it's an undeniably fancy idea and if a potential buyer can tweak a few things, could still be a strong success.



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Mark Vergeer
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Hmppfff

Utterly bad bad non-Us/non-Canada situation regarding this non-service. Perhaps a European investor wants to buy it....mwoehahahaha

Sorry guys it has been a long day at work and I've had it with GameTap. In the end a subscription based gaming service just won't cut it for me. Continuity of the service and future accessibility of the save games, time invested in those games is low to say the least. Especially from a European perspective and now the North American perspective could look dicey too with GameTap up for sale.

An innocent game of Golden Axe could end up with something like this:
Global Termal Nuclear War



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Matt Barton
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I had some technical

I had some technical problems with the service that eventually made me drop my subscription. It was fine for smaller games, but tended to screw up Baldur's Gate anything that required massive downloads. Some kind of glitch in the d/l would show up at an unpredictable moment--I nearly lost some saved games that took me days to build up. Forget that!

The best parts were the Sam & Max series. Some of the other games were interesting, but again the long downloads made it burdensome. I think they could have scrapped the whole "channel" bullshit and just stuck to the games themselves. I can watch TV if I want; that's not what I need gametap for. If they wanted media they could have linked up interviews, gameplay footage, etc. and so on with the actual games.

I also thought the interface was a bit too heavy and fancy. There's no need for it. A much simpler or scalable interface that was easier to navigate and less taxing on lower systems would have been excellent.

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