WOW! Lottsa info on the telecommunications situation. Thanks! Looks like cable &/or satellite (if we cut a few trees down *wince*) will be the way to go to get Uru most likely. Cable has made it to many rural locations, including mine. There's hope that the broadband upgrades will come through that way reasonably soon.
Mr Lipid, you make great sense, but I think broadband, however delivered, is definitely the way everyone is going. Most websites take a long time to load on dialup, many more news/weather/entertainment report elements are effectively unavailable without broadband feed. Many businesses are coming to depend on it. Its not just the few online games driving up interest.
On the other hand, if the economy takes a real nose dive, it wouldnt take long to strip those features off most comsumer sites. Its still a gamble, I agree.
& Uru is the only adventure game online I've heard about that is available or planned that intensely interests me. For ex: EQ sounds too big & too demanding of my time. (I've been known to take a year to finish an rpg)
& I'd like to SEE Star Wars Galaxies but a tour would probably be enough. Trying to "live" in SW's fairly chaotic universe has limited appeal for me. I'm more like Aunt Beru than Luke Skywalker, ya know? Sims never interested me & it seems like most of the other games are based on combat.
But lots of folks WILL want to play these games & thats cool. Uru would make an excellent "alternate" premium channel for them too IMHO
One day folks may play more entertainment than they watch. Imagine a 3d realtime "travel channel!" IMO Uru sounds like a well-crafted fantasy version, plus puzzles. heh.
Meantime, I'm still playing offline, chatting on dialup, & waiting for my copy Omega Stone to arrive.