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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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#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.
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#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.
#86 by UncleJeet
2004-02-24 18:40:21
I would like to take this opportunity to officialy say the nobody cares, dammit.

I'm fighting terrorism by playing violent video games!
#87 by UncleJeet
2004-02-24 18:41:02
Yes, "the" nobody!  Um.....yeah, a mysterious and shadowy figure full of mystery and intrigue!  Fuck.

I'm fighting terrorism by playing violent video games!
#88 by Bailey
2004-02-24 18:44:13
Is The Nobody kind of like Not Me, of Family Circus infamy?

Only as much as you deserve.
#89 by Greg
2004-02-24 18:45:24
The Nobody and the Stranger go around fighting evil, or something.

They are known as the "ambiguous (ly gay) duo".

-DKI(ID
#90 by Bailey
2004-02-24 19:09:38
There's nothing ambiguous about this thread or anything in it.

Only as much as you deserve.
#91 by BobJustBob
2004-02-24 19:26:59
And poor Jeet was just ranting in the other thread about crimes against the language.

Dood.
#92 by Squeaky
2004-02-24 19:46:24
I want this monitor set up

My name it is Sam Hall an' I hate you, one and all. An' I hate you, one and all. Damn your eyes.
dvds
#93 by Squeaky
2004-02-24 19:46:26
(yes, I know it's just a mockup... but still)

My name it is Sam Hall an' I hate you, one and all. An' I hate you, one and all. Damn your eyes.
dvds
#94 by CheesyPoof
2004-02-24 19:48:25
Try clicking on that link squeak.
#95 by Squeaky
2004-02-24 19:49:42
#94 CheesyPoof
Try clicking on that link squeak.

i get an image

My name it is Sam Hall an' I hate you, one and all. An' I hate you, one and all. Damn your eyes.
dvds
#96 by Squeaky
2004-02-24 19:49:49
what do you get?

My name it is Sam Hall an' I hate you, one and all. An' I hate you, one and all. Damn your eyes.
dvds
#97 by Ergo
2004-02-24 19:50:01
#92 Squeaky

That room would be a tad warm for me.

MY FATE KEEPS INTERFERING WITH MY DESTINY. THAT IS KARMA.
DVDs
#98 by Trunks
2004-02-24 19:50:13
So EA is finally going to shut down Origin.  I guess in the end, Pirt Snikwah really does win.

"Because apparently, Link should be visiting strippers and getting his rocks off every time he blows the magic flute." - LPMiller
#99 by Squeaky
2004-02-24 19:50:46
halfway down the page

My name it is Sam Hall an' I hate you, one and all. An' I hate you, one and all. Damn your eyes.
dvds
#100 by CheesyPoof
2004-02-24 19:51:26
what do you get?

A picture of a  hammer that says "Tom's Hardware Guide", like they don't allow the linking of pictures.
#101 by CheesyPoof
2004-02-24 19:52:31
halfway down the page

Oh, thanks.

SEEN IT!
#102 by Jibble
2004-02-24 19:54:09
#92 Squeaky

Let me be the first.

SEEN IT.

"No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating." - Harold Rosenberg
#103 by Jibble
2004-02-24 19:54:20
Son of a bitch robot.

"No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating." - Harold Rosenberg
#104 by CheesyPoof
2004-02-24 19:54:54
LOSE!
#105 by Bailey
2004-02-24 19:57:49
I see a large, pixellated picture of a hammer halfway down the page. Oh, that crazy Tom.

Only as much as you deserve.
#106 by Gunp01nt
2004-02-24 20:00:33
supersimon33@hotmail.com
Ctrl-F5

I want a horse that ribbits and a frog that neighs... oink oink oink
#107 by VeeSPIKE
2004-02-24 20:19:07
Not his fault, the image on the page is screwed up as well.

The media doesn't educate, it sensationalizes. That's why there's no learning curve, just repeated bouts of gross stupidity. Bailey
#108 by chris
2004-02-24 20:24:30
cwb@shaithis.com http://www.cerebraldebris.com
One of GameSpy's web coders has six 19" monitors on one machine.

Duals on the AGP card and then 4 PCI video cards.

-chris
#109 by Hugin
2004-02-24 20:26:18
lmccain@nber.org
Why?
#110 by Warren Marshall
2004-02-24 20:29:48
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
#109 Hugin
Why?

Wide desktop.  It's heaven.

"Cheap Garbage Disposal Canít Handle Femur"
#111 by Hugin
2004-02-24 20:34:37
lmccain@nber.org
Six?  Enh.
#112 by yotsuya
2004-02-24 20:41:28
I'm with Hugin. Two sounds cool, but six?

That's a beautiful way to go. Shot by Yot. In more ways than one. -mgns
#113 by UncleJeet
2004-02-24 20:43:51
I use two monitors at work and it really helps - but more would be nice.  I often have several programs open for one project, and each of those programs has lots of little sub windows for options and such.  It would be nice to have everything on its own monitor, so my project doesn't ever get cluttered up with windows.

I'm fighting terrorism by playing violent video games!
#114 by Anonymous
2004-02-24 20:52:44
A refresh on the second link helps. I'm a fuckin' genius!
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