Details on Phantom console

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  1. KevinRB

    KevinRB Stunt Coordinator

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    Finally some news about the Phantom console that is more then press release jibber-jabber.

    http://newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=03/07/09/2042207

    It looks like I won't be buying one anytime soon. $400, plus a $9.95 a month fee to play some shareware quality games that I could easily get for free on my PC. My favorite quote from the story:

    "You buy the console. You buy the games. Then you pay to play the games you bought on the console you bought. It's sort of like buying an arcade game but still having to put quarters in. And ads!"
     
  2. JamesHl

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    Not just shareware quality games, but also regular release games that'll cost just about full retail price...

    You should either pay $10 a month and play whatever the hell you want, or for each game that you get to keep as long as you feel like, but not both.

    I don't see the advantage of this thing over a well put together pc, other than initial cost of hardware. And you can do all sorts of other junk on the pc.

    I really don't get that "$9.95 fee to your isp for bandwidth" junk.
     
  3. Jeff Kleist

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    AHAHAHA

    Wow, we should get a pool going on how long it takes to fail [​IMG]
     
  4. KevinRB

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    Are you suggesting they won't get the 750,000 subscribers they need to break even?

    [​IMG]
     
  5. BrianB

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  6. Dave F

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    Sounds great to me! I can't wait until they go out of business and we can pick up old units for $60 on eBay. By that time, there should be documented instructions on how to turn it into a little XP terminal. Heck, they might make great HTPC's. [​IMG]

    -Dave
     
  7. Richard Paul

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    Phantom sounds like a DIVX based game console with a monthly fee.
     
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    I can't think of a more aptly named product than this! [​IMG]
     
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  11. Dave F

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    I was looking forward to buying some closeouts and turning them into servers, but I had forgotten to take into account the probability that it will never be built. [​IMG]

    -Dave
     
  12. Carlo Medina

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    this will be a total success...if they can get Billy Zane to don the uniform again for their launch press party! [​IMG]
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  13. JamesHl

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    There's an article linked from slashdot which has some guy who actually claims to have seen the prototype.

    At this point it's all entertainment, there's no way this can succeed (with this guy at the helm, at least).
     
  14. Dave Falasco

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    I heard that the controllers have a built in credit card reader and it costs a buck an hour to use them as well. That can't be true, can it? [​IMG]
     
  15. John-Miles

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    The link matthew posted is what got my attention, this has scam written all over it. plus I liekthe PennyArcade take on the phantom.
     
  16. KevinRB

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    Of everything we've heard about Phantom, I think they are 85% hype, 15% reality.
     
  17. John-Miles

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    Read the article that Matthew linked to, its a scam big time id say
     
  18. DaveGTP

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    That article is very well thought out. I would say inadvertantly hilarious. Can't believe people are giving money to this dude with his history and PO Box address center of business. Definitely puts you in doubt of the real existence of this box.
     
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    That's a pretty messed up way to get more venture capital. =)

    -Dave
     

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