Originally Posted by venk
I don't quite get what so special about this. There is nothing here you couldn't do with a laptop and connected to IM with your buddies plus it's a lot easier to type.
Maybe if it was voice chat with a bundled headset or supported any USB headset, that would be badarse.
I don't get it either way. The wave of the future is turning movie watching into a vocal communal experience? Really? The best use people can see for this feature is the ability to talk over the movie while it's on or do MST3K text commentaries?
And, yeah, anyone who has been waiting for this moment to do your own commentaries, check this out - all you have to do is record your own audio file on the PC you're viewing this message on now and send it to anyone. How do they know when to press play? You start your "commentary" by saying "press play now" or stick a beep in there. People have been doing this with podcasts for years and Mike Nelson even sells MST3K style commentaries without the need to actually do it live over a "Community Screening" function. Somehow, people are able to sync it up.
To each their own - if someone out there finds this to be the wave of the future, I guess I'm just getting left behind. If I wanted to hear other people chatting it up and interrupting the flow of a movie, I'll go to the movie theater. If I ever want to watch a movie at the same time as someone else, I'll just tell them to press play at a pre-determined time. If I need to pause it to go to the bathroom I'll give them a call so they can share in the reality of my bowel movement while watching the movie.