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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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#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.
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#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!
#115 by Bailey
2004-02-24 21:04:05
Now it works, but I still don't care. What button combo address that issue?

Only as much as you deserve.
#116 by Gunp01nt
2004-02-24 21:09:24
supersimon33@hotmail.com
Ctrl-Alt-S-T-F-U.

I want a horse that ribbits and a frog that neighs... oink oink oink
#117 by Bailey
2004-02-24 21:11:37
I think that might only work for euro keyboards.

Only as much as you deserve.
#118 by Gunp01nt
2004-02-24 21:13:00
supersimon33@hotmail.com
No, no, it works globally. And gives access to a very special unlockable Windows feature.

I want a horse that ribbits and a frog that neighs... oink oink oink
#119 by jjohnsen
2004-02-24 21:14:30
http://www.johnsenclan.com
I have a second monitor at home, but the only time I use it is when I watch movies while surfing or working.

-Jeremy
#120 by Bailey
2004-02-24 22:01:18
I only use my second monitor to watch movies when I'm skydiving or downhill mountainbiking.

Only as much as you deserve.
#121 by chris
2004-02-24 22:14:03
cwb@shaithis.com http://www.cerebraldebris.com
I seriously have a hard time using a computer with less than two 19" monitors these days, and frequently find myself wanting three or more. My work system has two 19's and a 15, and my home has two 19's. These systems are approximately 20 feet from each other, since I work from home.

-chris
#122 by CheesyPoof
2004-02-24 22:18:37
I use one 17" monitor for work.

I am a programmer.
#123 by lwf
2004-02-24 22:21:30
I'm not qualified to use anything more complicated than a stapler.

Plan to hitch a ride with the river
Cuz deep down plumbing life is too cramped for me
#124 by jafd
2004-02-24 22:24:04
Six monitors? Someone really liked Swordfish.

It's my life. It never ends.
#125 by McBain
2004-02-24 22:24:04
I dual screen at work between my laptop screen and a 17in flat screen.

Fighting the war on weapons of mass destruction-related program activity.
#126 by Bailey
2004-02-24 22:24:52
No one really liked Swordfish. Ever. Anywhere.

Only as much as you deserve.
#127 by Darkseid-D
2004-02-24 22:35:07
rogerboal@hotmail.com
There was a version of doom hacked up that could synch 3 machines and display front and `side` views.

Anyone else find that its a bitch to use a larger monitor, then have to go back to using a smaller one?  19" is the smallest I can put up with now.

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.
#128 by Squeaky
2004-02-24 22:40:38
#127 Darkseid-D
There was a version of doom hacked up that could synch 3 machines and display front and `side` views.

Anyone else find that its a bitch to use a larger monitor, then have to go back to using a smaller one?  19" is the smallest I can put up with now.

I agree. Although I'm using a 17" at home. I've been considering picking up a 19", or even a 21". But there's not enough room on my desk for two of 'em. I'd go flat panel, but those are a little expensive.

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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#129 by chris
2004-02-24 22:45:02
cwb@shaithis.com http://www.cerebraldebris.com
I'd rather have two 17" monitors than one 21"

However, I'd rather have three 21" monitors, all things being equal.

Or better yet, three Apple Cinema Displays. Yow.

-chris
#130 by Ergo
2004-02-24 22:50:20
I'd rather have a moon pony.

MY FATE KEEPS INTERFERING WITH MY DESTINY. THAT IS KARMA.
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#131 by bago
2004-02-24 22:57:38
manga_Rando@hotmail.com
M-O-O-N!

The monkey poured coffee in my MOOTZ!
#132 by yotsuya
2004-02-24 22:59:02
*thump *thump *thump *thump

That's a beautiful way to go. Shot by Yot. In more ways than one. -mgns
#133 by Neale
2004-02-24 23:04:06
neale@pimurho.co.uk www.pimurho.co.uk
Darkseid: It was actually a built-in feature of Doom. I set it up at work once. Good for the novelty value, and not much more.

9 years later you're the fat kid with his face pressed against the window of The Industry. - crash
#134 by CheesyPoof
2004-02-24 23:08:40
Speaking of Doom I found the original shareware disks that I got when I ordered and tried to copy them to my machine for nostalgia sake.  Disk 2 was bad so I threw them all out.  So much for nostalgia.  It was probably for the best.
#135 by zimbardo_ugly
2004-02-24 23:09:37
zimbardo_ugly@hotmail.com
Such a delightful string of liberal, open-minded, progressive cock-up-the-ass threads in the bin... can we get a "yes to all" button?

"Warez non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem"
#136 by Trolly McTroll
2004-02-24 23:21:57
#110 Warren Marshall
#109 Hugin
Why?

Wide desktop.  It's heaven.


Not to the non-geeks.

Like Sand in the Butt Crack, These Are the Trolls of our Lives
#137 by "FAVICON"
2004-02-25 01:12:57
FAVICON@FAVICON.COM HTTP://WWW.FAVICON.COM
HEY YOU MONSTARS

SSSAPENIN
#138 by "FAVICON"
2004-02-25 01:13:26
FAVICON@FAVICON.COM HTTP://WWW.FAVICON.COM
SUPER DOT FEST


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#139 by Dethstryk
2004-02-25 01:13:36
jemartin@tcainternet.com
Chris -

Do you have any pictures of your desk setup? I'm always curious as to how people set their multi-monitors up.

sunny days have funny ways of quieting the roar
#140 by "FAVICON"
2004-02-25 01:13:41
FAVICON@FAVICON.COM HTTP://WWW.FAVICON.COM
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#141 by "FAVICON"
2004-02-25 01:13:58
FAVICON@FAVICON.COM HTTP://WWW.FAVICON.COM
SAY HELLO TO MY LIL DOT
#142 by "FAVICON"
2004-02-25 01:14:06
FAVICON@FAVICON.COM HTTP://WWW.FAVICON.COM
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#143 by "FAVICON"
2004-02-25 01:14:40
FAVICON@FAVICON.COM HTTP://WWW.FAVICON.COM
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SOMEONE SHOULD PUT AN END TO THIS SHIT
#144 by "FAVICON"
2004-02-25 01:14:51
FAVICON@FAVICON.COM HTTP://WWW.FAVICON.COM
FUCKIN ASSHOLE
#145 by "FAVICON"
2004-02-25 01:15:00
FAVICON@FAVICON.COM HTTP://WWW.FAVICON.COM
HUHU HE SAID ASS
#146 by "FAVICON"
2004-02-25 01:15:05
FAVICON@FAVICON.COM HTTP://WWW.FAVICON.COM
HUHUHUHU
#147 by Squeaky
2004-02-25 01:19:50
so there I am, voting 'no' on all the 'cock up your ass' topics, when wham! wudi's topic disappears.

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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