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Behind the Infinium Phantom Console

Discussão em 'Jogos - Discussão Geral' iniciada por Nemesis11, 18 de Setembro de 2003. (Respostas: 15; Visualizações: 1325)

  1. Nemesis11

    Nemesis11 Power Member

    http://www.hardocp.com/articleprint.html?article_id=512

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    Some months back we sent a photographer out to take a look at the Infinium Labs base of operations, but found only a small strip mall. At that time, there was only one open office space, and it contained a single desk and a telephone. Other than that, there were only a few small businesses located at this address. We were unable to tell if the open office space was Infinium Labs or not.

    We sent another photographer to the address about six months later only to find that there was still no Infinium Labs located at this address, and that there hasn't been, at least according to the other residents of the mall. We contacted the Mail Boxes Etc. located at this address and discovered that mail sent to the Infinium Labs address would end up there for pick up, there was no actual storefront or office space just a post office box (#409) for Infinium Labs. These are the pictures from our most recent trip to the address listed by the Infinium Labs website. This is the office listed for the last eight months. That fact may make you wonder where the Phantom console is actually being developed. Certainly it makes sense that you would want any mail for your only public contact address coming to your offices, or so you would think.

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    Our Thoughts & Opinions

    What do we think of all of this?

    We were surprised that there wasn't even an office at the address listed for Infinium Labs. The use of a post office box as the main contact point for Infinium Labs was very surprising as well. We spoke to Mr. Roberts today and he confirmed that there are currently no physical offices for the Infinium Corporation, but he assures us that they are on the way. Combine these elements with a past history of bankruptcies and failed business ventures, and it paints a very bleak picture of the possible success of this company.

    Mr. Roberts made a couple of statements on the phone today when we asked him about his past business dealings. In reference to building businesses, he made the following statement:

    "To get really good at doing this, you have to do multiple companies."

    He also told us:

    "When you play high risk games, you are not going to win all the time."

    We liken investors giving Mr. Roberts money to people playing dice in Vegas. You just have to roll enough times and sooner or later you'll get a winner. Obviously, this isn't a solid winning strategy in Vegas or the business world.

    Mr. Roberts didn't seem to be too happy with our telephone call and scolded me a bit for calling him at his "$3,000,000 home". Interestingly enough, we called him at the phone number he lists as his voice contact number. In his email today, he listed the Infinium Labs Corporation address as 1819 Main Street - Ste 800, Sarasota, FL 34326. A call to this office building turned up a volunteer that went and checked the directory in the lobby. When she found no companies at all listed on the eighth floor, she decided to travel up to the eighth floor and have a look for herself. She explained that the eighth floor at the above listed address was a "ghost town" and that certainly "no business is being done from there".

    We asked Mr. Roberts to share with us what businesses in his past that he saw as a "win". In his own words, he stated that Savvis was the only business that he considered a "win". A little research on our part showed SVVS to be trading on the NASDAQ today for $1.32 a share and having fallen in risk of being delisted previously because of its share price falling under a dollar. Savvis did not IPO till 2000 at a price of $24.00 per share, and very little financial information is available prior to that. Mr. Roberts was 21 years old in 1997 when he left Savvis, which was approximately six years ago.

    The facts speak for themselves: company closures, bankruptcy, investors losing millions of dollars, and current “Director” positions where the company isn’t even sure he works for them and cannot find his e-mail address or telephone number. Mr. Roberts has been involved with one "successful" business venture in eight years according to his own resume. He followed that one up with several bankrupt and failed businesses. It's been documented by other sources that millions and millions of dollars were "burned through" in the last six years. We think that it's possible that the same fate could very possibly befall Infinium Labs.

    Mr. Roberts is once again creating interest in a product he is trying to market. We're lead to believe he has successfully secured at least $25 million dollars in venture capital, though has yet to produce a base of operations in the last eight months since the Phantom console was announced. Trying to successfully launch a new game console with a post office box as your business headquarters does not instill much faith in Mr. Roberts' latest outing, not to mention his documented track record of business involvements.

    Personally, we think this is a prime case of “Buyer Beware”. We also encourage people to do their own homework and investigations on companies that step into the public spotlight looking for investors.

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    Esquemas.........:puke:
     
  2. JAFoNEXUS

    JAFoNEXUS Power Member

    Ainda nao perceberam? akela loja é só uma face e a entrada para os laboratorios subterraneos onde ela esta a ser desenvolvida em segredo, aposto q têm la dentro umas dakelas estantes q roda sobre si mesma para dar acesso aos laboratórios secretos :D :D :D
     
  3. VinE

    VinE Power Member

    Por acaso tou a curtir bué esta história pra falar bem e depressa..

    De cada vez q há um episódio novo sou um leitor atento.. :D
     
  4. ToTTenTranz

    ToTTenTranz Power Member

    Infelizmente, a história já faz bastante sentido..

    O gajo aparece com uns conceitos bastante interessantes e convence uma data de investidores a financiar o projecto. Inventa umas moradas, faz uns sites porreiros (por acaso a página em flash da infinium labs está excelente), manda fazer uns modelos no 3D Studio da suposta consola, e inventa também umas specs todas porreiras.

    Chegada a determinada hora, quando a consola está prestes a ser anunciada e toda a gente anda de água na boca, chega-se à conclusão que a consola não existe, nunca existiu e o Sr. Roberts desapareceu para as Caraíbas com uma conta na Suíça no valor de 25 milhões de dólares..


    Se assim for (e parece mesmo que vai ser) então o mercado dos videojogos vai perder seriedade.. e os investidores vão passar a pensar duas vezes antes de financiar alguem que apareça com ideias novas..
     
  5. Korben_Dallas

    Korben_Dallas Zwame Advisor

    ULTIMAS NOTÍCIAS!!!

    Foi descoberta a "verdadeira identidade" do tal Mr. Roberts...
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  6. VinE

    VinE Power Member

    Vá lá.. Ainda pensei q fosses dizer NikeBoy
     
  7. nothing

    nothing Power Member

    quem é que tu pensas que é o responsável pelo desenvolvimento da consola? :D
     
  8. abc

    abc [email protected] Member

    Eu acho que a verdadeira Infinium Labs e a Phantom devem estar localizadas ao pé dos depósitos de armas de destruição maciça do Iraque. :rolleyes:

    Agora digam lá o seguinte, se essa história se confirmar, digam lá que o nome escolhido, Phantom, não foi muito bem atribuído... :D
     
  9. Shadow_14

    Shadow_14 Power Member

    eu ja tinha lido uma historia parecido kom isso no penny arcade,k um gajo foi ver os escritorios e n encontrou nada mais a nser uma sala minuscula,uma secretaria e uma cadeira(ou coisa assim)eu ja desconfiava disso kaundo mostraram as specs,um pentium 4 a 3 ghz por menos de 500 dolares?impossivel
    mas tinha graça ser verdade e a consoal existir memo
     
  10. Korben_Dallas

    Korben_Dallas Zwame Advisor

    Acho que a culpa é da comunicação social que ainda noticia estas coisas... se cagarem todos no gajo ele desaparece de certeza :rolleyes:

    E sim a primeira coisa que pensei qd vi o nome foi mm "consola fantasma" aliás acho q escrevi isso aqui algures :P

    Enfim o gajo continua a gozar com toda a gente...
     
  11. BlueBird

    BlueBird Power Member

    É caso para dixer k "kairam tds menos o gajo"... :D :D :D [​IMG]
     
    Última edição: 18 de Setembro de 2003
  12. FELiYCORA

    FELiYCORA 1st Folding then Sex

    a consola está "prevista" para o primeiro quarto de 2005 por isso ate la o preço do p4 desce... e mt...

    mas eu tou na duvida se isto nao sera golpe
     
  13. Sub_Zer0

    Sub_Zer0 Guest

    tou msm a ver, "Buy the new phantom, the console that only exists in our mind"!


    Offtopic: BlueBird essa frase na tua sign ta errada, a coisa mais bonita de lisboa... sao as gjas! :D
     
  14. |Oc|CRASH_OVer

    |Oc|CRASH_OVer Suspenso

    gajas é universal.... tirando isso, o Placar do PORTO rula...
     
  15. BlueBird

    BlueBird Power Member

    s tu o dixes... :D

    Btw: |OC|Crash_Over inda n tirei a frase pk axo k é uma das coisas mais "certas" k vi no forum :D :D :D (n t preocupes com os direitos d autor)
     
  16. Nemesis11

    Nemesis11 Power Member

    Os gajos já fizeram um novo prototipo da consola:

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    :D :D
     

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