By now you've probably heard about Gametap, the broadband subscription service that offers up a large library of the video games spanning from last decade to last night. Next Generation has some comments from Gametap's vice president of content, Rick Sanchez, on just what Gametap is all about and what the service hopes to accomplish.
Consumers pay $15 a month, for which they get unlimited access to a large catalogue of games for their PC, ranging from Atari 2600 classics, through the greats of the 16-bit console era, right up to 'nearly-new' PC games. The most up to date titles include Beyond Good and Evil and Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow.
I find the Gametap service intriguing and I'll probably give it a try when I upgrade to broadband later this year. What really sparks my interest is the prospect of playing semi-recent PC titles that I've missed out on over the years. Computer games have a short shelf life in my world opposed to console games. A PC game will often hold my interest for a week before it lands on my shelf, never to be played again. It's not because I don't like the games, it's just that when I'm at the PC I'm often working. My gaming time takes place in front of the television or with a portable game system.
So I've missed out on a lot of PC games over the years, games that I've wanted to play but haven't felt like coughing up the $50 for a week's worth of play. With Gametap I could cycle through all the games I've passed over offered on the service for much less money. I'm interested to see just how Gametap does in the market and just how many new games they add to the service as time goes by.