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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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... -- "Some people never see the light till it shines thru bullet holes." -Bruce Cockburn
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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.
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.
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. -- Semper Fi
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?
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.
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! -- NOW Comcast 6M/384k October 9 2006! Adelphia 4M/384k Activated September 20 2006.