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 Jan 07, 2005 - 01:21 PM - by Michael
* 2004 Vaporware Awards

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Wired hits us with this year's 2004 Vaporware Awards: note that they stopped taking votes for Duke Nukem Forever/Neverever/Whenever/Ifever/ComingNever last year, giving it a "Lifetime Achievement Award" after seeing it on the list too long.

This year's #1:

1. Phantom Game Console

Infinium Labs' elusive games-on-demand console, the appropriately named Phantom, is climbing the Vaporware charts. Last year's No. 3 entry, the Phantom is this year's most vaporous product. Way to go, Infinium!

Matthew Szymczyk said, "By the time this thing ever comes out, we'll have solved the chicken-and-the-egg question, colonized galaxies, cured disease and famine and, most importantly -- moved on."

Reader Derek Chatwood said, "You quoted me last year for the awards; you could go with the same quote this year: 'Not a more aptly named product in the world. The Phantom is a scam. It will never be anything more than maybe a couple of old Dells shoved inside repainted Xbox cases to fool some gullible press or second-round investors.'"
These guys just can't catch a break. But there's always hope: maybe Duke Nukem Forever will be the bundled-in title.

Other notables were higher-speed chips (Intel's P4 at 4 GHz and Apple's G5 at 3 GHz), CherryOS (the Mac emulator), and Gran Turismo 4.


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