GameStop plans streaming games to tablets

Discussion in 'User Submitted News' started by KingdomBlade, Apr 3, 2011.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. KingdomBlade
    OP

    Member KingdomBlade Blade v3+ (I R SHMEXY)

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2009
    Messages:
    2,941
    Location:
    In Vulpes' Fur
    Country:
    Philippines
    [​IMG]

    GameStop during its Investor's Day event on Friday outlined major plans to get into remote gaming and the tablet field. Its purchase of Spawn Labs, which provided remote console streaming for developers, will let it offer an OnLive-like streaming service to play many games, including console titles, on a tablet, a notebook, or other devices with large screens. The Dallas Morning News was told that GameStop would still try to protect its retail business by limiting the streaming to buyers who register their games with the Power Up Rewards program and may take on an additional subscription fee.

    Free access, however, might come as a way of luring buyers. A demo showed the GameStop website having an option to trial a game through the browser before committing money.

    To make tablets work, the game retailer is reportedly getting involved in tablet development. Desktop operating systems can use PS3 and Xbox 360 gamepads to play a title properly, GameStop has been talking to tablet designers about what hardware controls they include. It has also been looking into Bluetooth pairing to let a gamepad, keyboard or other controller steer a game when the touchscreen wasn't enough.

    Company president Tony Bartel even suggested possible cooperation with a hardware builder to make a tablet that would be optimized for Spawn Labs' technology. "If we feel like we could do a better job of making a tablet, we'll do that," he said.

    GameStop explained many of its moves as plans to its dependence on traditional retail game sales. Although not directly stated, it hopes to avoid the fate of companies like Blockbuster and Tower Records, whose inability to properly move away from retail software sales in the face of Internet competition led them to either go bankrupt or close their physical shops under less than controlled conditions. GameStop plans to sell a handful of tablets that work with its streaming service in its retail stores. It also this week bought out Stardock's Impulse, a direct-download gaming system roughly equivalent to Steam.

    The moves may be welcome by Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony, all of whom have felt increasingly chained to GameStop. All three have online game stores but have often had to deliberately limit the quality and size of games available to avoid angering GameStop and cutting off what remains an important source of income. Apple may have gained ground in mobile gaming since it didn't have this burden and could carry major titles as online-only titles.[/p]

    [​IMG] Electronista

    I suppose that it would quicken game sales, but I'm not too sure that the idea of it works completely.
     
  2. Zorua

    Zorua Newbie

    You should summarize/shorten the news before you post it. Anyway, this sounds interesting. I may get it.
     
  3. Urza

    Member Urza hi

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2007
    Messages:
    6,493
    Country:
    United States
    Its an April Fools' joke.
     
  4. Zorua

    Zorua Newbie

    It was posted on the 2nd of April.
     
  5. KingdomBlade
    OP

    Member KingdomBlade Blade v3+ (I R SHMEXY)

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2009
    Messages:
    2,941
    Location:
    In Vulpes' Fur
    Country:
    Philippines
    Then if it is, I apologize. Mods, if this is in fact, a joke, lock it. If it isn't, well, I'm not too sure either. I saw this in PCWorld originally.
     
  6. Urza

    Member Urza hi

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2007
    Messages:
    6,493
    Country:
    United States
    Source article:
    http://techblog.dallasnews.com/archives/20...ablet-it-c.html

    >5:43 PM on Fri., Apr. 1, 2011

    >Some other highlights from the GameStop event Friday (I was the only media member in attendance, which is why you're not seeing this coverage anywhere else)

    Pretty fucking obvious.
     
  7. KingdomBlade
    OP

    Member KingdomBlade Blade v3+ (I R SHMEXY)

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2009
    Messages:
    2,941
    Location:
    In Vulpes' Fur
    Country:
    Philippines
    It confounds me why, if it was an April Fools joke, a lot of news websites (even credible ones) have reposted it. Perhaps everyone has been duped. XD
     
  8. Sterling

    Member Sterling GBAtemp's Silver Hero

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2009
    Messages:
    4,023
    Location:
    Texas
    Country:
    United States
    If you mean Gamestop buying SPAWN, then no. That's not a joke. I spoke to a few employees who can confirm it.
     
  9. KingdomBlade
    OP

    Member KingdomBlade Blade v3+ (I R SHMEXY)

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2009
    Messages:
    2,941
    Location:
    In Vulpes' Fur
    Country:
    Philippines
    It's related to that. If that's the case then Yahoo! News, PCWorld, Engadget, and all other websites which according to Google News posted it have been duped. XD
     
  10. Urza

    Member Urza hi

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2007
    Messages:
    6,493
    Country:
    United States
    Welcome to the fucking blogosphere.

    It happens all the time.
     
  11. KingdomBlade
    OP

    Member KingdomBlade Blade v3+ (I R SHMEXY)

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2009
    Messages:
    2,941
    Location:
    In Vulpes' Fur
    Country:
    Philippines
    Hahaha. Even GoNintendo posted it.

    Well, reported it so a mod should close this soon.

    Wait a minute! Look at this: http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?...&highlight= It might actually be real.
     
  12. Vulpes Abnocto

    Former Staff Vulpes Abnocto Drinks, Knows Things

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2008
    Messages:
    6,601
    Country:
    United States
    [​IMG] At this time of year we have to take almost every piece of news with a grain of salt.

    If we can get corroborating evidence that this is true then I'll gladly reopen the thread.

    Until then, let's consider this matter to be another April Fools piece and close it.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page