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The ghost of gaming future?
February 23rd 2004, 10:38 CET by Gunp01nt

No doubt you have all heard about Infinium Labs and their infamous Phantom console. First announced in 2002 as a grand collection of big promises, the Phantom console has been the victim of a lot of skepticism, ending up third in the Wired Vaporware Awards of 2003.
I'm sure most people have also read the revealing HardOCP article in which Infinium Labs' CEO Timothy Roberts turned out to have a very shady business past. Infinium Labs is now threatening to sue HardOCP over this article.

What surprised me was that the driving force behind the lawsuit is apparently not CEO Tim Roberts, but Chief Operating Officer (COO) Kevin Bachus. Bachus, who seems to have become the main spokesperson for Infinium Labs, used to work for Microsoft, promoting the DirectX and XBox gaming platforms among developers. Bachus is reported to have personally persuaded  over 200 game development companies to develop for the XBox.

There was a long time when the Phantom did seem nothing more than empty promises to lure in investor cash. But under Bachus' guidance, the project finally seems to be taking shape and is expected to be fully demonstrated at this year's E3. many skeptics have been silenced by the mere fact that Infinium Labs is no longer operating under radio silence, but actually seems to be producing something.

Myself, I've been wondering what the involvement of Kevin Bachus could do for the console. What do you think? Could this hotshot who's proven himself in the past, lift this console into the market? Could Infinium Labs establish a beachhead between Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo? What would it take for this to happen?

And more importantly, is the Phantom console and its on-demand delivery of games a glance at where computer gaming is headed, PC gaming included?
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#155 by yotsuya
2004-02-25 01:59:09
I *HATE* those split-style keyboards. Although they're supposed to be "natural", they most certainly do not feel like that to me.

That's a beautiful way to go. Shot by Yot. In more ways than one. -mgns
#156 by jjohnsen
2004-02-25 02:03:47
http://www.johnsenclan.com
I havea  split at work and a regular at home.  Doesn't seem to help me either way.

-Jeremy
#157 by Dumdeedum
2004-02-25 02:08:05
http://www.dumdeedum.com
I type in more or less the correct way and find those split keyboards to be awful.  Maybe if all you were doing was typing, but normal computer use involves having one hand using a mouse so it's often easier to use a single hand for little bits of typing and hitting assorted keyboard shortcuts.

And they look like they're sort of swelling.

We are the Village Green Preservation Society.
#158 by jafd
2004-02-25 02:09:56
Two weeks of adjustment for me and now I'll never go back. I hear some people like sleeping on wooden planks, too.

It's my life. It never ends.
#159 by UncleJeet
2004-02-25 02:12:56
Split keyboards are of the devil.

I'm fighting terrorism by playing violent video games!
#160 by jafd
2004-02-25 02:16:04
*hiding cloven feet*

It's my life. It never ends.
#161 by UncleJeet
2004-02-25 02:23:39
THE DEVIL!

I'm fighting terrorism by playing violent video games!
#162 by G-Man
2004-02-25 02:36:45
chris
I understand the dual monitors, but why the dual clock? Are you some kind of crazy overclocker?
#163 by G-Man
2004-02-25 02:39:55
Also that chair looks pretty damn wide.
#164 by UncleJeet
2004-02-25 02:40:02
Nice setup, chris.  I mostly hate office/computer furniture, though.  It's all so....bleh.  Where have all the hardwoods gone?

I'm fighting terrorism by playing violent video games!
#165 by UncleJeet
2004-02-25 02:52:06
I count three clocks.  What they hell, chris?  Are you some bizarre timekeeping creature?

Repent, Harlequin! Said the Ticktockman

I'm fighting terrorism by playing violent video games!
#166 by Greg
2004-02-25 02:53:24
Hey chris, I think Mr. Lawyer Wannabe is insinuating that you are fat.

-DKI(ID
#167 by "FAVICON"
2004-02-25 03:05:34
FAVICON@FAVICON.COM HTTP://WWW.FAVICON.COM
FUCK YOU GREG
#168 by "FAVICON"
2004-02-25 03:05:44
FAVICON@FAVICON.COM HTTP://WWW.FAVICON.COM
SAINT GREG
#169 by "FAVICON"
2004-02-25 03:05:54
FAVICON@FAVICON.COM HTTP://WWW.FAVICON.COM
I VOTE YOU FOR PRESIDENT OF SHIT
#170 by Charles
2004-02-25 03:52:14
www.bluh.org
The two clocks are probably because he lives in one timezone, and works in another.

Religion is the most malevolent of all mind viruses.
#171 by Jibble
2004-02-25 03:54:16
HAND LOTION, ANYONE?

Christ, he gives you comedy gold and you guys just skip it and try to make fat jokes?

I've lost all faith in every last one of you.

"No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating." - Harold Rosenberg
#172 by chris
2004-02-25 03:55:49
cwb@shaithis.com http://www.cerebraldebris.com
I normally hate office furniture as well but I am very happy with that desk, mainly because it's just a simple wooden plank and doesn't have a bunch of goofy bullshit getting in my way (just the swinging shelves, which are add-ons, and which are clearly useful, unlike some sort of foolish built-in CD rack or whatever). My home system sits on a folding table.

I keep three clocks because one of them is an alarm clock that I use to, you know... wake me up, but which I can't see from across the room. The other two are eastern and pacific time. I live on the East Coast, but I work on pacific time, so it's handy to be able to just glance up and see both.

It's a standard highbacked chair, bought at officemax for a hundred bucks. It's just much closer to the camera than it seems to be in that shot.

I was fat once (296). Now I am not (168).

Any other questions?

-chris
#173 by chris
2004-02-25 03:56:38
cwb@shaithis.com http://www.cerebraldebris.com
The hand lotion is because I wash my hands obsessively, to the point where they sometimes bleed. I'm on medication for that now, so hopefully it'll go away.

Any further questions?

-chris
#174 by lwf
2004-02-25 03:57:16
The world is filled with living pieces of shit.

Plan to hitch a ride with the river
Cuz deep down plumbing life is too cramped for me
#175 by Bailey
2004-02-25 04:00:20
That's not a question.

Only as much as you deserve.
#176 by lwf
2004-02-25 04:01:36
LAG.

Plan to hitch a ride with the river
Cuz deep down plumbing life is too cramped for me
#177 by LPMiller
2004-02-25 04:07:01
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
The hand lotion is because I wash my hands obsessively, to the point where they sometimes bleed. I'm on medication for that now, so hopefully it'll go away.

Any further questions?


OCD or something like it?

And if it helps, I have lotion on my desk too, because I have dry, sensitive skin. And Tiger Balm. And uh...Vicks.  Lip balm.  Some pain killers.  And...uh, I don't really want to talk about it any more.

I believe I can fly......urk.
#178 by jafd
2004-02-25 04:09:14
I suppose if chris lives long enough to get carpal tunnel, it'll be a relief.

It's my life. It never ends.
#179 by Hugin
2004-02-25 04:10:30
lmccain@nber.org
LP is Davros.
#180 by "FAVICON"
2004-02-25 04:15:37
FAVICON@FAVICON.COM HTTP://WWW.FAVICON.COM
HUGIN YOU BLACK WE ALL KNEW THAT
#181 by DEATH KILLER INTERNATIONAL (INTERGALACTIC DIVISION
2004-02-25 04:17:22
deathkillerint@hotmail.com
FAVICON


SUPER DOT FEST


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sup FAVICON nice dots dude

Intergalactic Turnip Festival Destroyer
#182 by chris
2004-02-25 04:27:07
cwb@shaithis.com http://www.cerebraldebris.com
LPMiller -

Yes.

jafd -

It's a good thing I'm sick. Otherwise I just KNOW you wouldn't put up with my shit. I'm sure you'd unleash the Yngwie-like fucking fury at me.

-chris
#183 by Jibble
2004-02-25 04:27:47
I find myself using hand lotion these days too.  I get these weird little red spots near my wrist on my hands.  Lotion seems to make them go away.

"No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating." - Harold Rosenberg
#184 by Jibble
2004-02-25 04:28:06
IT PUTS THE LOTION ON ITS SKIN.

"No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating." - Harold Rosenberg
#185 by yotsuya
2004-02-25 04:36:10
Jib-

Once you're married, you can do away with the hand lotion!

That's a beautiful way to go. Shot by Yot. In more ways than one. -mgns
#186 by DEATH KILLER INTERNATIONAL (INTERGALACTIC DIVISION
2004-02-25 04:37:16
deathkillerint@hotmail.com
JIBBLE GOT THE HERPS ON HIS HANDS MANG

Intergalactic Turnip Festival Destroyer
#187 by Dumdeedum
2004-02-25 04:43:49
http://www.dumdeedum.com
Once you're married, you can do away with the hand lotion!

Because he can borrow hers instead?

We are the Village Green Preservation Society.
#188 by Charles
2004-02-25 04:47:52
www.bluh.org
For the record, I also have hand lotion on my desk.  Both at home, and at work.

Religion is the most malevolent of all mind viruses.
#189 by Bailey
2004-02-25 04:50:04
Don't your co-workers complain?

Only as much as you deserve.
#190 by Creole Ned
2004-02-25 04:50:56
Maybe Wudi will submit a topic on hand lotion.

"I don't bemoan the great paste" - LPMiller
#191 by chris
2004-02-25 04:51:09
cwb@shaithis.com http://www.cerebraldebris.com
#189 Bailey
Don't your co-workers complain?

Maybe they like to watch.

-chris
#192 by UncleJeet
2004-02-25 04:54:53
So far only chris has a legitimate need for having hand lotion on his desk.  The rest of you, jibble's flesh eating virus hands included, are either looking at too much porn or worse - are metrosexual.

I'm fighting terrorism by playing violent video games!
#193 by Squeaky
2004-02-25 04:55:58
#192 UncleJeet
looking at too much porn


sorry, this statement doesn't parse

My name it is Sam Hall an' I hate you, one and all. An' I hate you, one and all. Damn your eyes.
dvds
#194 by jafd
2004-02-25 05:06:15
My version of "fucking fury" consists mainly of contemptuous indifference. Examples abound.

It's my life. It never ends.
#195 by G-Man
2004-02-25 05:06:34
#172 chris
Any other questions?

-chris
Testicles. Left or right?
#196 by Duality
2004-02-25 05:09:49
Dualipuff@yahoo.com http://stratoscape.ath.cx/
#155 yotsuya
I *HATE* those split-style keyboards. Although they're supposed to be "natural", they most certainly do not feel like that to me.

They are, when you get used to them.  Your wrists are in aligned straight with your arms, when resting on the keyboard.  I had the first MS Natural Keyboard and it was the most comfortable keyboard I ever used.

It seemed like, for a long time, companies stopped making those ergonomic keyboards, because I haven't seen one in years.  I'm in the line for a new keyboard soon.  The only problem is that I'm limited to about 8-10in of depth on my desk (and I hate keyboard trays).  I'm not sure one would fit.

#179 Hugin
LP is Davros.

I felt inappropriate laughing as hard as I did at this.  But it felt good anyway.
#197 by Charles
2004-02-25 05:10:01
www.bluh.org
are either looking at too much porn or worse - are metrosexual.


Or have girlfriends that don't appreciate dry hands.

Religion is the most malevolent of all mind viruses.
#198 by TheTrunkDr.
2004-02-25 05:35:22
So far only chris has a legitimate need for having hand lotion on his desk.

Clearly you've never experienced the debilitating dryness that tends to accompany the winter in the great white north. Nothing better than dry, cracked skin let me tell you!

I kid cause I care.
#199 by Charles
2004-02-25 05:39:50
www.bluh.org
For those Americans who've missed out on one of the best cartoons ever:  Undergrads has been picked up by MTV, and as a result, all the episodes are available for download online.  I highly recommend people check it out.  It has a wonderful amount of geek appeal.

Religion is the most malevolent of all mind viruses.
#200 by lwf
2004-02-25 05:44:28
Picked up? A second season?

Plan to hitch a ride with the river
Cuz deep down plumbing life is too cramped for me
#201 by Charles
2004-02-25 05:51:28
www.bluh.org
lwf:  Right now they are just rebroadcasting the one season.  I'm hoping this means a second season though.  That would kick major ass.

Religion is the most malevolent of all mind viruses.
#202 by Bailey
2004-02-25 05:52:53
I'd rather see more Clone High.

Only as much as you deserve.
#203 by lwf
2004-02-25 05:53:27
Rebroadcasting the one season =\= getting picked up. It's more like fondling the corpse.

Plan to hitch a ride with the river
Cuz deep down plumbing life is too cramped for me
#204 by Darkseid-D
2004-02-25 05:53:37
rogerboal@hotmail.com
IBM m101 keyboards, much love.

Nothing short of the Baileytron or a nuclear explosion kills them, and the steel plate in the base makes them excellent home defence objects.

Do not go gently into that good night.
Old age should burn and rage at the close of day.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
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