end lag now

04/19/06 at 12:50 pm | Posted in Gaming, Tech | Leave a comment

One of the really cool things about the Internet is how easily it can bring us into contact with people from all over the world.

I was pleasantly surprised to receive an e-mail from Bob Grim, co-founder and VP for Marketing of Bigfoot Networks, who read my blog entry on "Living with Lag" and wanted to share with me what they're doing to fight this bane of online gaming.

One of the initiatives they're supporting is the EndLagNow online community, which looks pretty interesting. The site, which is sponsored by Bigfoot, offers information on lag and encourages Internet users, particularly online gamers, to do their share in combating lag.

Bigfoot placed third in the Fortune Small Business student startup competition that hopes to unearth the next Google or Yahoo!

Former Intel chip architect and hardcore gamer Harlan Beverly founded Bigfoot together with Michael Cubbage and Bob Grim, who are his classmates at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas.

A Gamasutra article stated that Venio Capital Partners has infused $4 million in Bigfoot Networks to help it launch the world's first gaming network accelerator card, which they've dubbed NetBlazer. Bigfoot plans to present the beta of their product at several trade events, including the Electronic Entertainment Expo in May.

I can't comment on the product yet obviously, but an online community devoted to ending lag sounds good to me.

Hell yeah, let's stop living with lag.

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