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HP Acquires VoodooPC 32

eldavojohn writes "HP has acquired VoodooPC, a high-end gaming PC provider who's former co-owner will now be the chief technologist of HP's newly formed gaming PC division. Back in May, we saw Dell acquire Alienware. Are gaming machines important options to consumers, or is it just plain profitable? Who will we see enter the gaming market next? Apple?"
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HP Acquires VoodooPC

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  • by jimstapleton ( 999106 ) on Wednesday November 01, 2006 @02:47PM (#16676563) Journal
    -news back. This is over a month old, and was posted here already.
  • Isn't HP already cursed as it is?
    • HP used to be a great name for all kinds of hardware before Carly took the reigns. She then came up with these wonderous ideas that got rid of good ideas and filled them with more and more sh!t. It takes a while for that to be cleaned up.

      I wish they'd just to back to what they were good at. My pre-Carly LaserJets are still cranking out pages that are as good as if they were brand new. I couldn't wait to get rid of my post-Carly Athlon PC because it kept breaking (needed four parts replacements in thr
    • So now that HP is dabbling in Voodoo, does this mean that shaking a dead chicken over or in front of a malfunctioning piece of their equipment is now a viable troubleshooting technique?
  • That they are pwned.
  • by DavidinAla ( 639952 ) on Wednesday November 01, 2006 @02:48PM (#16676593)
    For most people, a "gaming maching" is a PlayStation of XBox, not a high-end PC. There is a relatively small sub-set of gamers who are willing to shell out large amounts of money for high end PCs optimized for gaming, but those machines are non-existant to the vast majority of computer users (and computer buyers). There just aren't that many people who care enough about gaming to spend that kind of money on it. The niche is profitable, but not huge compared to the overall PC market.

    • by Jaysyn ( 203771 )
      Then why am I always hearing about huge Lan parties & tournaments for PC gamers but rarely for consoles?

      • First, anybody who is "always hearing about huge LAN parties and tournaments" is NOT in the mainstream of average Americans, so what you hear about has little relevance to drawing conclusions about the market. It's just geeks and hard-core gamers who even know that such things as LAN parties exist.

        Second, the hard-core gamers who are willing to spend huge amounts of money on a high-end PC are the very people who are obsessive enough to be frequent participants in such events. More casuals gamers (which incl
    • by Avatar8 ( 748465 )
      I disagree that "gaming machine" = console, but I do agree that there is a small niche of gamers willing to pay THAT kind of money for an uber gaming system.

      PC's have been my gaming machines since 1984. I'm considering buying a new machine for Christmas, but I don't plan on spending more than $1300. I'd be curious to see Alienware's change in sales since Dell's acquisition or how this acquisition of VoodooPC might affect HP's numbers.

    • And the majority of people who like high-end PCs for gaming build them themselves.
    • If "gaming machine" == console, and all three consoles have a secret bootloader, and none of the three console makers is willing to talk to a developer who has no experience, then how are game programmers supposed to break into the industry and get noticed by a development studio?

    • Not off-the-shelf PCs. They might want some strange piece of hardware that VoodooPC or another outfit won't provide, or they bight want "better quality" components, a lot of fancy case designs come to mind. In fact, I would argue that gamers probably make up the majority of the DIY and hobbyist markets. However, the high price of the PS3 coupled with the requisite HD display means that PC gaming might seem more attractive than it has in the past, especially with the allure of online games like World of Warc
  • They'll paint it to look like a Dell or an Apple and start sticking pins into it, now that they have been prevented from engaging in their more conventional [] business practices.
  • As far as I know anyone who is a real PC gaming enthusiast custom builds their machine. It is part of the culture to know exactly what is in your machine and exactly why you chose it over its competitors. If you go and buy some pre-rolled rig you'll never feel like you really own it, you'll just feel like you bought it. Most even insist on putting it all together themselves, to me that's half the fun of owning a gaming PC. With that said, I could imagine if dell or hp or whichever manufacturer we're talking
    • by Valthan ( 977851 )
      Or... you know... needing a gaming laptop...
      • huh? I don't need hundreds of dollars worth of computer parts to make a raging inferno. I only need about $12 of gasoline, $0.50 worth of packing peanuts and a match.

        Any "gamer" who needs a gaming laptop isn't a gamer at all, they're a SP-ED.
  • Get your HPV today!
  • I live quite close to Voodoo's corporate headquarters and remember back when the company was a small, local system builder. I remember their little classified ad in the Bargain Finder and when their headquarters were in a funky little house. Their exclusive focus on the gaming market is actually relatively recent--for the first decade of its existence Voodoo PCs weren't all visually "tricked out" and weren't all gaming PCs. They used to sell a very cool cube-shaped server on caster wheels (it sported a V
  •, "feasability research", hehe, we determined that Voodoo would be a valuable asset.

    (we can edit this later right?)

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