Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th May 2011 21:04 UTC
Google Well, that was all rather much. Google just held its keynote speech thing during the opening of the company's I/O conference, and they announced some pretty spectacular stuff. Aside from Android 3.1 for tablets and Android Icecream Sandwich which will unify the tablet and phone versions of Android in Q4 in 2011, Google announced an internet-based music service. And a video service. And an Arduino-based accessory development kit. And Android@Home. And an alliance of device makers and carriers to bring timely Android updates to devices for a minimum of 18 months.
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RE[3]: Yup
by Neolander on Wed 11th May 2011 19:49 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Yup"
Neolander
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2010-03-08

Sure ;) But what mrhasbeen was mentioning, I think, was an hypothetic future where google services would be like Steam and Apple's App Store are now : a cloud-only world, where local copies are not feasible.

As an aside, I'm can also perfectly tolerate such solutions when it's about things which don't matter much to me. As an example, most of the single-player games I play are disposable pieces of fun which I'm done with in a week or so, so Steam is good enough for that, even though I strongly dislike their "no local copy" philosophy as a whole.

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RE[4]: Yup
by _txf_ on Wed 11th May 2011 21:20 in reply to "RE[3]: Yup"
_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

Sure ;) But what mrhasbeen was mentioning, I think, was an hypothetic future where google services would be like Steam and Apple's App Store are now : a cloud-only world, where local copies are not feasible.


What the hell are you talking about? Steam does have a local copy of all game data (installable in as many computers as you want) as well as allowing you to make local backups of your game data...so not cloud only.

Aren't you confusing Steam with OnLive?

Edited 2011-05-11 21:24 UTC

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RE[5]: Yup
by Neolander on Thu 12th May 2011 02:48 in reply to "RE[4]: Yup"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

I dont't think so. If I remember correctly, many games (big titles in particular) use the login to a Steam account as their DRM method : since you can only be connected to Steam from one place at a time (if you exclude what can be done in offline mode, that is), you may only play the game on one computer at a time.

This would mean in turn that local copies of the installer (which I just learned about) are useless, because if Steam's servers are down, you can't play your game anyway.

But I may not remember correctly.

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