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So a lot of you have seen me write about OnLive a lot. Currently I have a side gig as a writer and super mod at So if you all have any questions about it, shoot them my way. In the mean time, I’ll give you a quick update on what it is and what will be happening soon.

First, OnLive is an “on demand” gaming service. They stream games directly to you. Kind of like Netflix streaming, but for video games. You can play their whole catalog of games on just about any PC, Mac, TV, and soon tablets. You DON’T need a fancy console or PC because it streams the game directly. If you can stream Netflix, you can stream their games. To get the games to your TV, you will need their microconsole, which is just a hub that has a controller and a way to hook it up to the TV. Soon TV’s will have an OnLive app built right into them.

Second, there is no fee to use OnLive. OnLive is a free to use service. You can play the first 30 minutes of every game on there as many times as you want. If you like the game, you can either rent it or buy a full PlayPass. They have 3 and 5 day rentals for most games.

Third, there is a PlayPack. Their PlayPack is a monthly subscription ($10) that will let you play over 70 games on the OnLive service. As long as you are subscribed, you can play all of these games as much as you want. Included games are Borderlands, Just Cause 2, Homefront multiplayer, F3AR multiplayer, etc.

Finally, deals. OnLive always has deals. For starters, if you subscribe to their PlayPack (which again gives you many games for $10/mo), then they will let you have 30% off of everything else. For instance, right now they have a deal if you pre-order Saints Row 3, you get a choice between a free game or a free microconsole. If you have a the PlayPack, you can pre-order Saints Row 3 for $35 and then get a free game (such as Deus Ex:Human Revolution) for free.

So, in wrapping up, if you haven’t tried it, you should. Go to, download the free app, and watch how smoothly it runs. Having it on a wired connection usually works best. If you have tried it in the past and it didn’t work right, try it again. They have updated their algorithms and it now streams with connections as low as 2 Mbps.

Ryan DeJonghe

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