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Comcast Targets 'Hardcore' Gamers
The same 'hardcore' gamers that watch G4TV?
by Karl Bode 02:06PM Tuesday Dec 05 2006
The major broadband providers generally pay good lip-service to gamers, but frequently don't offer much. Gaming portals are all the rage, but often the primary goal is to generate ad-revenue from casual gamers while pretending to cater to the hobby's "hardcore."

Last June, Verizon bucked the trend a little when they unveiled their support for Playlinc, a gamer-centric portal and free game server hosting outfit the company promised would "change the face of on-line gaming forever." Verizon also launched their Verizon Game Network website, which features news, blogs, forums and other features for "online gaming aficionados."

Not to be outdone, Comcast today announced they'd be opening up the previously subscriber only GameInvasion.net gaming portal, aimed at "hardcore gaming enthusiasts," to the general public. The "hardcore" likely get their gaming information fix elsewhere, but the service does offer some indie content and gaming news. Keeping in mind what Comcast did to TechTV, are real gamers actually interested in this new portal?

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MysticGogeta
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1 recommendation

No

I think this answers it very well

Nerdtalker
Working Hard, Or Hardly Working?
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Tucson, AZ

Re: No

I consider myself a "hardk0r3" gamer, and I don't intend to use anything else.

However, I'm usually not upset about more free stuff. Hardcore gamers also want more upstream bandwidth, while we're after this market segment...
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Speedy8
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Alliance, OH

Re: No

I agree. Other than lower latency not much would surpass upload speed on hardcore gamers' wishlists.

Jehu
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negative.

99664227
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.

No.

pnh102
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Is Any Portal Useful?

Does anyone actually use any of the other portals on which ISPs like to waste money? Of course not.

Why would Comcast think a "gaming portal" would receive a more favorable response?
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Cheese
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Naples, FL
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Re: Is Any Portal Useful?

said by pnh102:

Does anyone actually use any of the other portals on which ISPs like to waste money? Of course not.

Why would Comcast think a "gaming portal" would receive a more favorable response?
Because they are Comcast? The BMW of the Internet! HAHAHA!
spotters

join:2006-05-05
Waterloo, ON
At least they invest in their service. Take Rogers in Canada. They have removed free webspace (moved to geocities), combined email with Yahoo, introduced caps, introduced throttled bittorrent , removed free newsgroups, introduced higher prices, (and on the flip side, raised speeds 2 mbps for middle of the line customers) pretty much in this order. The fact that they dropped all these services and still raised prices infuriates me.

I probably wouldn't use this service, but the fact that ISP's try new ideas at least shows me where my money is going.

DonLibes
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join:2003-01-19

Re: Is Any Portal Useful?

said by spotters:

At least they invest in their service....I probably wouldn't use this service, but the fact that ISP's try new ideas at least shows me where my money is going.
No one's saying they don't invest in their service. The question is whether they spend subscriber's money in a way that benefits subscribers.

Mactron
el Camino Real
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Never again...

"Keeping in mind what Comcast did to TechTV, are real gamers actually interested in this new portal?"

That and their generally lousy and expensive TV and HSI services here.
I'll never have anything do with Comkrap ever again.
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Re: Never again...

said by Mactron:

"Keeping in mind what Comcast did to TechTV, are real gamers actually interested in this new portal?"

That and their generally lousy and expensive TV and HSI services here.
I'll never have anything do with Comkrap ever again.
I pretty much removed G4 from my viewing when they ended Techtv. I watched TechTv all the time.
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dr3yec

join:2002-12-19
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Re: Never again...

Yes sir , it has never been the same since techtv. I tried watching after that. But now it is full of bad shows. With bad hosts. G4TV has been dead for sometime.

kyramilan

join:2006-11-26
Pensacola, FL

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said by DaveDude:

said by Mactron:

"Keeping in mind what Comcast did to TechTV, are real gamers actually interested in this new portal?"

That and their generally lousy and expensive TV and HSI services here.
I'll never have anything do with Comkrap ever again.
I pretty much removed G4 from my viewing when they ended Techtv. I watched TechTv all the time.
You must really need a girlfriend if TechTV was exciting.
moonpuppy

join:2000-08-21
Glen Burnie, MD

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We want the hardcore gamers......

....as long as they don't use too much bandwidth.
daslog

join:2002-04-10
Milford, NH

yep

If they added impromptu BF2 server hosting for free I'd be interested. I would also consider using it if they hosted every patch for every game as it came out for fast downloading (which they have to provide the bandwidthe for anyway). Kinda of like Fileplanet, but for subscribers only.

Other than that? I'll pass.
retsam6

join:2004-09-02
Red Bank, NJ

Re: yep

this is what i was thinking. they really need to start listeing to the people here.

ThirdShifter
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Bronx, NY
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Yess!! YESS!

this is what i was waiting for my whole life!

Comcast you guys read my mind. Oh my. Let go call my mother.
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jessegr

join:2005-03-05
Gatineau, QC

Re: Yess!! YESS!

g4 is now like 50% xplay. AOTS isnt that bad tho.

SoonerorLAter

@usfca.edu

portals... hrmm...

gaming portals ... unless they improve latency don't think hardcore gamers will jump in

Tomek
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Valley Stream, NY

Who needs portals?

Every hardcore gamer has their own sites, clans that they go to get their interest. All gamers are really interested are servers, FAST servers. After all that's all they do is play games, not stare at Comcast portal looking at Wii ads.
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capkingy

join:2003-06-06
North Kingstown, RI

G4 sucks.

Comcast did a great dis service when they killed off tech tv for the crap that they put on now. G4 sucks and this new portal will suck. Hard core gamers will want games that take advantage of their new dual core computers and not simple javascript or adobe flash games.

Agreed

@cmich.edu

Re: G4 sucks.

Second that

tsu9

join:2001-08-17
Wheeling, IL

Ugh.

Save your money, Comcast. This is a guaranteed flop (hint: portals are doomed to fail miserably).

texans20
Premium
join:2002-09-28
Texas!

I Like G4

It wasn't as good as Tech TV (I miss the Screen Savers) but it's still decent. I do like XPlay. Also, they do reruns of Arrested Development, and Star Trek TNG.

newview
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Parsonsburg, MD
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Whether we're gamers or not . . .

I'm certain that Comcast will spam our email inboxes announcing this new "portal".

gameboyz2

@maine.edu

playlinc

...is no good, the voip sucks, it crashes, no one uses it. Go into one of the playlinc rooms and you will be the only one there.
JerryTongue

join:2003-04-01
Auburn, WA

Re: playlinc

Like they know what a hardcore gamer is and what games they play and what to open for what games. What about XBox live? PS3? and other consoles.Nope but then again they aren't the true hardcore gamers now are they?

Archie2

@bellsouth.net

Re: playlinc

ummm....PlayLinc supports XBox and PlayStation. Not many people there yet cause its only a few weeks old.
GhostDoggy

join:2005-05-11
Duluth, GA

Idiots.

The only way they are going to make online gamers happy is by providing extremely low latency through the Comcrast network and with no loss of data. Somehow I do not see that happening anytime before the third coming of Christ.

EnzonE

join:2000-03-23
Indiana, PA

Inquired on this with a Comcast Analyst

As a Comcast subscriber I wondered why it wouldn't allow me to log in to that site; she mentioned that I would need to pay an extra $10 to be on the 8Mbps Tier (I saw on the article it also said something that those on that tier with still enjoy free membership to the IGN Founder's Club). The chat session was over before I had a chance to ask when it would be open to the public; and if the public would also have to have 8Mbps? Since they didn't acknowledge it on my original request; guess we'll see nothing to hold my breath on I'm sure!
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Joel D

@comcast.net

It's actually kind of good...

OK, so I checked it out just to see what is was all about...and the video play is really good. I watched about 6 videos that streamed much faster than gamespot which is what I read.

Hmmm-- thought it was going to be isp crap, but I have to admit I was wrong.
True Gamers

join:2006-12-22
Roswell, GA

PlayLinc is truely awesome!

Playlinc from Verizon is truly a great portal. It has not yet caught on being relatively new. However, it beats X-fire and any portal hands down, if you are only smart enough to give it a try.

I'm a big X fire user but this thing has most all xfire has and then some- everything I can possibly need for single play, team players etc.

Name it and they have it and I have had no issues with it, worth complaining about. They even give away hardcore gaming machines from Alienware. What a cool GUI btw

This thing can only go up from here and all for free too!

As one who is a big time free service advocate. I give 2 thumbs up for Playlinc. www.playlinc.com