[EDIT: I have merged Cougar's thread with nv_kelly's thread by request. It would make more sense though if the thread started with nv_kelly's post. - tBC]
Anybody trying it? I know that nv_kelly has been giving some of us trial keys (thanks!) If you did not, I was given a referral code that can be used an unlimited number of times: TGFR-LDKQ-PJNG-URZN-SWXZ-NKHG
First impressions? It works well, at least for singleplayer games. The listed number of official games is pretty low at this point, but you *can* play unsupported games by selecting "Manage Steam" and installing then via the Steam Library (I played Age of Decadence on my MBP while traveling this weekend). At the moment it deletes your install and you lose your settings after every session, but apparently this is being worked on.
The last streaming gaming service I tried was Onlive, and this blows it out of the water. The fact that you can access your existing Steam and Blizzard games (and hopefully soon GOG?) without having to rebuy them and worry that the service might die is very nice.
The way it works now is you're given a launcher with the currently supported games. Install any of them, and you're taken to a Windows Steam (or Blizzard launcher) window. You can't access any underlying Windows desktop. If the service gets good enough, it would be great if one day they removed the launcher and just had a Windows desktop for you to do whatever with, but I can see why they went this route: there is a clear indication what is supported by the service.
If they stick to their currently announced pricing I don't think it really makes sense, especially if you don't mind building a PC. But in 10-15 years in a world where my MacBook has 5G LTE I could see myself paying $5-10 for a few weeks of service when I'm on vacation and don't have my PC.
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