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World of Warcraft Shown Streamed to iPad

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iPad and Gaikai game streaming could make for better bathroom experiences.

What do you do when you want to go on your World of Warcraft raid but you can't be at your desktop (for example, when nature calls). Online game streaming service Gaikai may have the answer for you.

Dave Perry was walking through the Gaikai office when he spotted an iPad streaming World of Warcraft.

 

Perry wrote in his blog:

Was walking through the office, saw this, thought you'd like to see...

Soon I'll be able to play WOW with my Cornflakes!

We're really interested to see what works well with streaming and will be trying just about every genre of game, on every device possible as we explore server-side computing.

This is World of Warcraft streamed from a Gaikai server over regular Wifi.

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    bin1127 , May 3, 2010 3:45 PM
    is that playing WoW or just watching?
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    banthracis , May 3, 2010 4:09 PM
    How exactly would one control wow using an ipad?

    There is a reason WOW is a keyboard and mouse game, and one which hardcore players utilize most of the keys on a keyboard and mouse.
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    bin1127 , May 3, 2010 3:45 PM
    is that playing WoW or just watching?
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    t-vizz the 2nd , May 3, 2010 3:49 PM
    That's screwed up, no one should subject themselves to truly 24/7 wow
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    JofaMang , May 3, 2010 3:59 PM
    I am not a big fan of server side computing like this, or OnLive. I just can't trust that latency issues will be properly sorted in the near future.
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    grillz9909 , May 3, 2010 4:07 PM
    t-vizz the 2ndThat's screwed up, no one should subject themselves to truly 24/7 wow


    ...They are only demonstrating WoW because of the huge following. If you read the article it tells you that they are not trying just WoW, they are going to try every genre of game.
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    triculious , May 3, 2010 4:08 PM
    seems nice as an academic experiment... not very useful IMO

    at least, I don't think I'd be able to play like that
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    banthracis , May 3, 2010 4:09 PM
    How exactly would one control wow using an ipad?

    There is a reason WOW is a keyboard and mouse game, and one which hardcore players utilize most of the keys on a keyboard and mouse.
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    grieve , May 3, 2010 4:16 PM
    since you got that ipad in the can with you... wipe your ass with it!

    oh wait, is there already an app for that?!
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    Niktavalos , May 3, 2010 4:18 PM
    This would be an acceptable way to work the auction house, or simple quests. I don't think anyone will try to use it for real combat.
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    ncr7002 , May 3, 2010 4:20 PM
    No way, the iPad couldn't possibly push WoW at playable framerates, if it can push it at all, not unless a specific version is developed as a native app for it, and I'm not sure about that either.

    And before someone says so, showing a single lvl 1 char standing on an empty road to Goldshire is Not playing WoW, any serious hardware running the game needs to push at least 25 fps on a current 25-man raid all the time, otherwise you can't call it *playable*.
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    insider3 , May 3, 2010 4:20 PM
    How are you going to play an MMO with so many buttons required in that game? Gonna spend more time panning the damn camera than raiding.
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    nevertell , May 3, 2010 4:21 PM
    Akhem, where's the gameplay video ?

    What ?

    There isn't any ?

    And I almost thought that it was NOT fake, 'cause the ipad could run a port of this game actually.
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    2zao , May 3, 2010 4:22 PM
    even though right now there is the latency issue, it is awesome to be able to take the amazing power of my desktop and put it on something portable i can take all over my house like the tablet.
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    mavroxur , May 3, 2010 4:37 PM
    I bet the interface latency is absolutely horrible. The time it would take to compress the video stream, send it, recieve it, and decode it, would be bad. And what's the point? WoW takes enough buttons and hotkeys to play as it is. Touchscreen interface with no mouse and keyboard would be awkward as hell.
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    Godfail , May 3, 2010 4:39 PM
    ncr7002No way, the iPad couldn't possibly push WoW at playable framerates, if it can push it at all, not unless a specific version is developed as a native app for it, and I'm not sure about that either. And before someone says so, showing a single lvl 1 char standing on an empty road to Goldshire is Not playing WoW, any serious hardware running the game needs to push at least 25 fps on a current 25-man raid all the time, otherwise you can't call it *playable*.

    What part of "streaming" don't you understand?
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    invlem , May 3, 2010 4:41 PM
    t-vizz the 2ndThat's screwed up, no one should subject themselves to truly 24/7 wow


    True, but the hardcore addicts who do play 24/7 already now have the option of at least being part of the real world and might actually be able to maintain a job...
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    Godfail , May 3, 2010 4:41 PM
    mavroxurI bet the interface latency is absolutely horrible. The time it would take to compress the video stream, send it, recieve it, and decode it, would be bad. And what's the point? WoW takes enough buttons and hotkeys to play as it is. Touchscreen interface with no mouse and keyboard would be awkward as hell.

    Bluetooth keyboard would obviously be the way to go here, but it would be unweildy as you'd still have to touch the screen.

    An interface would have to be made to handle this, somehow replacing hotkeys and maybe using the accelerometer for movement.
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    Scotteq , May 3, 2010 4:50 PM
    ..presumably, the employee was subsequently fired for not working. An outcome which served well to support the now ex-employee's gaming habit.


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    Userremoved , May 3, 2010 4:51 PM
    GodfailBluetooth keyboard would obviously be the way to go here, but it would be unweildy as you'd still have to touch the screen.An interface would have to be made to handle this, somehow replacing hotkeys and maybe using the accelerometer for movement.

    Yes I will cary a keyboard with me when go take a dump and then wipe myself with it..
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    gm0n3y , May 3, 2010 4:56 PM
    ncr7002No way, the iPad couldn't possibly push WoW at playable framerates, if it can push it at all, not unless a specific version is developed as a native app for it, and I'm not sure about that either. And before someone says so, showing a single lvl 1 char standing on an empty road to Goldshire is Not playing WoW, any serious hardware running the game needs to push at least 25 fps on a current 25-man raid all the time, otherwise you can't call it *playable*.


    Its not running WoW, its streaming video of WoW running on their servers.

    This would be awesome if you mounted the iPad on a stand and had a keyboard and mouse (i.e. a laptop w/ mouse). To me, this tech could be useful streaming to a laptop. If it can run the latest games at low latency, this could allow even midrange laptops to game.
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