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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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#36 by Bailey
2004-02-23 17:32:19
Gunpoint

I think I'm not the only one who feels that way and that-

Stop right there.

yotsuya

I could so make love to your icon. Rock! Welcome to PC.

PC has never had a No Fat Chicks policy, has it?

Only as much as you deserve.
#37 by yotsuya
2004-02-23 17:34:57
Bailey-

Nope, and it never will.

That's a beautiful way to go. Shot by Yot. In more ways than one. -mgns
#38 by jjohnsen
2004-02-23 17:41:15
http://www.johnsenclan.com
E-phonk, I never tried Steam so I'm just curious how long the download took?

-Jeremy
#39 by Bailey
2004-02-23 17:41:32
You realize this will one day require us to redefine "fat"? Wait, nevermind, we already went over that during the whole Kate Winslett debate.

Only as much as you deserve.
#40 by yotsuya
2004-02-23 17:46:21
Bailey-

You're right, we did. I vouch for Brother Gaggle and wait for Ds, the Sergeant-at-Arms, to give Gaggle his pledge pin.

That's a beautiful way to go. Shot by Yot. In more ways than one. -mgns
#41 by jafd
2004-02-23 17:47:53
I'm appalled by several of the things you vouch for, yot.

It's my life. It never ends.
#42 by yotsuya
2004-02-23 17:48:41
Well, seeing as how I now love you, jafd, I'm not suprised. Hakuna Matada.

That's a beautiful way to go. Shot by Yot. In more ways than one. -mgns
#43 by Bailey
2004-02-23 17:48:49
I'm all for rubenesque dames, but all his rubenesque icon suggests thus far is that he's highly suggestible. Those pins aren't cheap, you know.

Only as much as you deserve.
#44 by yotsuya
2004-02-23 17:51:15
I thought they were made out of the fried remains of overclocked Durons?

That's a beautiful way to go. Shot by Yot. In more ways than one. -mgns
#45 by Gunp01nt
2004-02-23 17:57:00
supersimon33@hotmail.com
Bailey:
Stop right there.


Aww, Bailey's afraid he's gonna cry when we talk about feelings? Don't worry, you're in good company here. Nobody's gonna laugh at you.

I want a horse that ribbits and a frog that neighs... oink oink oink
#46 by Dethstryk
2004-02-23 18:01:27
jemartin@tcainternet.com
Matata.

sunny days have funny ways of quieting the roar
#47 by yotsuya
2004-02-23 18:01:43
This looks like the law firm G-Man should work for, since he already has proven time and time again he is a mofo.

That's a beautiful way to go. Shot by Yot. In more ways than one. -mgns
#48 by yotsuya
2004-02-23 18:02:48
Deth-

I had it that way, but I changed it. Poop.

That's a beautiful way to go. Shot by Yot. In more ways than one. -mgns
#49 by Squeaky
2004-02-23 18:07:53
#3 bago
ok squeaky.

what?

My name it is Sam Hall an' I hate you, one and all. An' I hate you, one and all. Damn your eyes.
dvds
#50 by gaggle
2004-02-23 18:10:42
Suggestible? Me? Oh yes.
But zaftig females were requested, so zaftig females I deliver. Back to basking in the singular source of warmth and love that is yotsuya.
#51 by Trolly McTroll
2004-02-23 18:11:40
#36 Bailey
Gunpoint
PC has never had a No Fat Chicks policy, has it?


Nope. I'm not fat, I'm big boned.  Big fucking stomach bone that is.

Fucker

Like Sand in the Butt Crack, These Are the Trolls of our Lives
#52 by bago
2004-02-23 18:15:38
manga_Rando@hotmail.com
Joker stole your signature line...

The monkey poured coffee in my MOOTZ!
#53 by jafd
2004-02-23 18:46:03
Today's Penny Arcade: very funny.

It's my life. It never ends.
#54 by E-ph0nk
2004-02-23 19:32:30
http://www.electrophonk.be
#38 jjohnson,

I think half-life took 3-4 hours... Can't really tell.  Not superfast, but still better then some newsservers, right?

*sigh*
#55 by Darkseid-D
2004-02-23 19:39:31
rogerboal@hotmail.com
*pins the pledge badge on gaggle, a pentium 4 chip with a mulleted head engulfed in flames, the letters Muy Loco Por Vida scratched in underneath it*


Now for the initiation rite, Yot, bring on the artichokes !

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.
#56 by jjohnsen
2004-02-23 19:52:52
http://www.johnsenclan.com
I think half-life took 3-4 hours... Can't really tell.  Not superfast, but still better then some newsservers, right?


Hmm, that just goes back to how long it takes me to drive to a store.  I can save 3 hours and have a physical copy of the game.

-Jeremy
#57 by yotsuya
2004-02-23 19:55:20
That's a tight-ass badge, Ds. I might have to make that my icon!

That's a beautiful way to go. Shot by Yot. In more ways than one. -mgns
#58 by mrbloo
2004-02-23 22:09:13
mrbloo2000@hotmail.com
Here you go Yot.  It'll look shite small, but it would make a bitching transfer for your car.

#59 by yotsuya
2004-02-23 22:14:39
Bloo rocks! Thanks!

That's a beautiful way to go. Shot by Yot. In more ways than one. -mgns
#60 by Sgt Hulka
2004-02-23 23:48:04
Who's the real puppet here?

American society is a rigid, dichotomized instrument of repression which ensures that its members behaved like clones, marching through life with mechanical, assembly-line precision and no tolerance for ambiguity.
#61 by Sgt Hulka
2004-02-23 23:49:17
/urk!

Who's the real puppet here?

I got my new Border Collie puppet today.  It rocks.  Her name is Puppalow.  The monkey is Pico.  The troll in the middle is me.

American society is a rigid, dichotomized instrument of repression which ensures that its members behaved like clones, marching through life with mechanical, assembly-line precision and no tolerance for ambiguity.
#62 by Darkseid-D
2004-02-24 00:01:37
rogerboal@hotmail.com
rocking badge that *cracks up laughing*

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.
#63 by G-Man
2004-02-24 01:21:20
#47 yotsuya
This looks like the law firm G-Man should work for, since he already has proven time and time again he is a mofo.
SEEN IT. Also I have a reason to be a bastard. I'm now working three jobs, am on a journal and am going to law school fulltime. All I have time for is my girlfriend, the occasional asshole post and UT2K4 pickup game.

#61 Sgt Hulka
I got my new Border Collie puppet today.  It rocks.  Her name is Puppalow.  The monkey is Pico.  The troll in the middle is me.
You should play Ape Escape 2. It is really good and you can get it on ebay or from me for like fifteen bucks.
#64 by jjohnsen
2004-02-24 01:46:59
http://www.johnsenclan.com
Does Wudi re-submit his topic every few hours, or is there another reason I've been able to vote no about 20 times?

-Jeremy
#65 by OwenButler
2004-02-24 01:55:41
http://blog.owenbutler.org/
I think he re-submits it everytime it gets voted out.
#66 by BobJustBob
2004-02-24 01:55:48
You're not supposed to talk about the trolls. But since you BLEW IT, he's been resubmitting.

Dood.
#67 by DEATH KILLER INTERNATIONAL (INTERGALACTIC DIVISION
2004-02-24 03:31:22
deathkillerint@hotmail.com
FUCKING TROLLS THEY'RE RUINING IT ALL FOR THE REST OF US

Intergalactic Turnip Festival Destroyer
#68 by Jibble
2004-02-24 05:19:37
^
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Fucks sheep for peanuts.

"No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating." - Harold Rosenberg
#69 by VeeSPIKE
2004-02-24 05:28:40
Bailey, is that gun finished yet?

The media doesn't educate, it sensationalizes. That's why there's no learning curve, just repeated bouts of gross stupidity. Bailey
#70 by Squeaky
2004-02-24 05:57:54
#69 VeeSPIKE

I... don't get it.

My name it is Sam Hall an' I hate you, one and all. An' I hate you, one and all. Damn your eyes.
dvds
#71 by Bailey
2004-02-24 06:33:37
You'd have to motivate me in some way, Vee. Less damn kids on my internet seems like a good thing.

Only as much as you deserve.
#72 by VeeSPIKE
2004-02-24 07:20:13
There would be fewer kids. Granted, the ones I will remove will be the DDoS vermin, and not the IRC 'tards, but still - less overall.

The media doesn't educate, it sensationalizes. That's why there's no learning curve, just repeated bouts of gross stupidity. Bailey
#73 by Bailey
2004-02-24 07:38:05
Can't we do both?

Only as much as you deserve.
#74 by Squeaky
2004-02-24 07:40:11
YES

My name it is Sam Hall an' I hate you, one and all. An' I hate you, one and all. Damn your eyes.
dvds
#75 by Squeaky
2004-02-24 07:40:42
as long as #pc stays up, who the fuck cares about irc

My name it is Sam Hall an' I hate you, one and all. An' I hate you, one and all. Damn your eyes.
dvds
#76 by Bailey
2004-02-24 08:11:44
All the cool stuff gets linked on #pc.

Only as much as you deserve.
#77 by lwf
2004-02-24 09:38:16
newztime.com is it?

Plan to hitch a ride with the river
Cuz deep down plumbing life is too cramped for me
#78 by Chunkstyle
2004-02-24 15:52:23
'sup lwf.

Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering - and it's all over much too soon.
 -Woody Allen
#79 by UncleJeet
2004-02-24 16:06:22
That planet is awfully wet.  Can I play a human with gills and webbed feet named Kevin Costner?

I'm fighting terrorism by playing violent video games!
#80 by Trolly McTroll
2004-02-24 16:33:22
#53 jafd
Today's Penny Arcade: very funny.


Everyday's Penny Arcade: Never Funny

Like Sand in the Butt Crack, These Are the Trolls of our Lives
#81 by Trolly McTroll
2004-02-24 16:45:38
The Honeymooners
Buyer: Paramount
Logline: Modern retelling of the classic TV show, concentrating on the actual honeymoon.

Side Note: Deep River Prods. to produce for Paramount. Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield have come aboard to write. Danny Jacobson wrote the original script, and Saladin Patterson did a rewrite. Hal Ross will executive produce. John Schultz will direct. Cedric the Entertainer and Mike Epps will star as Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton respectively.

Like Sand in the Butt Crack, These Are the Trolls of our Lives
#82 by Bailey
2004-02-24 17:43:37
Jeet

Wrong thread, dutchie.

Only as much as you deserve.
#83 by UncleJeet
2004-02-24 18:12:11
Pass the dutchie!

I'm fighting terrorism by playing violent video games!
#84 by UncleJeet
2004-02-24 18:12:27
er, on the left hand side!

I'm fighting terrorism by playing violent video games!
#85 by McBain
2004-02-24 18:39:10
Former id programmer Brian Hook got mentioned in King Kaufman's Sports column today for his QB rating system.  I remember reading his football .plan rants.  Has anyone played those Pyrogon games?

Fighting the war on weapons of mass destruction-related program activity.
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