OnLive: Game On or another Gizmondo?

OnLive is the brainchild of Mike McGarvey (the onetime global head of Eidos) and Steve Perlman (developer of QuickTime and WebTV).

It promises to allow state-of-the art online gaming without users owning a game, or even a console. All you need is a PC or Mac. Or even a TV if you have a dongle – which will be given away. Yes really.

Was a demo in San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art the day the industry changed, as claimed by Perlman – or is this just another Gizmondo?

Zeebo, backed by mobile giant Qualcomm, is a set-top box for emerging markets – using wireless 3G technology. No, I don’t know either.

But it will be fascinating finding out. And judging by the number of publisher bosses squeezed into that OnLive conference, we’re not the only ones who want to know more.

Given the current debate about digital distribution, it is fitting that this will be the theme at the inaugural London Games Conference.

From OnLive to WiiWare, from the retail threat to pioneering in-store strategies, from consumer habits to market size predictions… all will be covered.

LGC ‘09: Digital Distribution & The Future Of The European Games Market takes place on Thursday October 26th at BAFTA. More news soon.

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