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If anyone remembers Qwikster, I apologize for bringing up the name. If you’re like me, it may bring up memories of excitement followed by aggravation after learning that Netflix decided to put the kibosh on this most awesome of ideas.

Fortunately, Amazon and Gamefly have decided to take the reigns of this once awesome idea and up the ante by providing it to consumer in the form of a video game streaming service, which launches today. This move makes sense for Amazon considering that Amazon Prime is a direct competitor with Netflix’s streaming service.

According to their website, Gamefly acquired Playcast Media Systems, Inc, which is a “cloud-based streaming technology company.” Even more interesting and relevant to the acquisition is that Playcast currently runs a video game streaming service called “MEO Jogos” (MEO Games in English) in Portugal.

The service will be tied into the Amazon Fire TV for the time being, and requires users to have an HDTV, an Amazon account and a decent internet connection.

As for charges, Gamefly will be offering packs of games at a monthly fee as opposed to a set monthly payment. These packs also include a ten minute evaluation period so that you can get a taste of the game before committing to the pack monthly payment.

Here is a list of their current offerings:

1. Action Pack
Price: $6.99/month
Titles:  F.E.A.R. 3, Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising, Red Faction: Armageddon, Red Faction: Guerilla, Mafia II, Sleeping Dogs and Hitman

2. Adventure Pack
Price: $6.99/month
Titles: Dark Void, Overlord II, Darksiders, Darksiders II, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City, Batman: Arkham Origins

3. Gamer Pack 
Price: $9.99/month
Titles: F.E.A.R. 3, Red Faction: Armageddon, Red Faction: Guerilla, Sleeping Dogs, Hitman, Darksiders, Darksiders II, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City, Batman: Arkham Origins, Shank, Shank 2, Dark Void, Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising, Mafia II, Overlord II

4. Speed Pack
Price: $6.99/month
Titles:  Ace Combat, Dirt 3, GRID, GRID 2, MotoGP13, Ridge Racer Unbounded, WRC 4

5. Fun Pack
Price: $6.99/month
Titles: Flock!, PAC-MAN Championship Edition, PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – Rise of the Owlverlord, BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger

6. LEGO Pack
Price: $6.99/month
Titles: LEGO Batman, LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, LEGO Lord of the Rings, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, LEGO Marvel: Super Heroes, LEGO The Hobbit

What do you guys think? Will this service bring Amazon into competition with Sony or become the future of video games?

PS – Would love to hear comments from those who possess an Amazon Fire TV and can tell us about bugs and such.

Jon Schear

Staff Writer

Graphic and web designer by day, amateur digital artist/illustrator and writer for Techraptor by night. When I’m not doing any of those things, you can find me getting extremely angry in WoW as I watch my Moonkin get killed multiple times in PVP or drinking scotch.

  • Domhnall

    “Fun Pack”

    They have to realize that the implication here is that the other games aren’t fun? Still, a streaming video game service could be really useful to a lot of people. But I don’t have Amazon Fire so I guess I’ll miss out.

  • Haha, too true about the “fun pack.”

    I’d really like to see some more competition with this, particularly from Netflix. If they don’t up their offerings, Amazon may end up coming out on top.

  • cyto lpagtr

    i doubt it, for one month of this subscription you can own a lot of these titles during a steam sale. they will probably make quite a bit of profit though, as it seems like a pretty costless experience.

    all you need is servers

  • cypher20

    I don’t own a Fire TV but I can tell you those prices aren’t attractive. What if I wanted to play Batman and Ace Combat, I’d have to pay $17/month? It makes more sense to simply include all the games under one monthly price. Unless the service saves your progress so you could be playing Batman one month, turn off that pack to turn on the speed pack, then turn off the speed back and come back to where you left off in Batman, but even typing that out is clunky so I can’t imagine it’s something a lot of people would want to do.

    Other than that I do think streaming is the future. I actually liked OnLive before it went kaput. I could finally do PC gaming without needing to buy or build a supercomputer. What killed it for me was A) the limited catalog and B) I finally got a decent gaming rig (which has since gone kaput and been replaced by a PS4). Still, streaming I think will be the future, it just might be a bit early for the future yet.

    If anyone can pull this off, it is Amazon I think. They’re going to have to expand beyond Fire TV though, offer it to any old PC.