Still haven't sent your wish list to Santa yet? Neither have I. Which is good, because I recently found something that's perfect for giving and receiving this year.
Last week OnLive announced a suite of nice-priced holiday gaming packages. No doubt you're asking yourself, "Hey, Sports Gamer, refresh our memories--what the heck is 'OnLive'?" OnLive, for those who have forgotten, is an on-demand gaming service. Same way that you can order movies on-demand through cable, OnLive permits you to play games. Instead of investing in a noisy, expensive console that--cough, cough, Xbox 360, cough--threatens to break down at every turn, OnLive requires that you have only a decent 'Net connection, an HDTV, and a controller. That's it.
Here's the breakdown on price ranges for the OnLive gift bundles:
$10 to $99 will net you a 1-, 3-, 6-, or 12-month subscription to the OnLive PlayPack Bundle. The PlayPack offers gamers unlimited access to a library of more than 100 great video games.
$119.99 gets you the OnLive Game System Bundle (OK, so a console is actually involved; but trust me, it's a very, very, very small console) plus a code for a game of the recipient's choice. Cool.
Yet the best deal of all is this one: $159.99 gets you the System Bundle plus a 1-year subscription to the PlayPack Bundle.
These deals went into effect last week, so get them while they're hot, gamers.
The Sports Gamer's real name is Scott Jones. He played football for 12 years before hanging up his cleats and jumping into video game writing. In his time covering the gaming world, Scott has interviewed star athletes such as Venus Williams, Tony Hawk and David Wright.