gtap.jpg Maybe we're being a bit doomy, but we here at GSW aren't sure that Turner's GameTap subscription PC gaming service is being embraced by the game community in the way some hoped it would.

We've seen a lot of 'OMG! $14.95 a month for ROMZ?' comments from the hardcore, and the casual players may have been turned off by the plethora of more in-depth game content - though there's been more casual and educational game additions recently.

But we still like GameTap, and here's a couple of fairly recently added obscurities which help explain why. First, Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow & The Flame is an interesting sequel to Jordan Mechner's classic original, though, as rightly noted in reviews, it's somewhat fiendishly difficult. Second, another recent addition is Sega's Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium, one of the more interesting later titles in the Phantasy Star series for Genesis - and GameTap has the first three, too.

So, like we say - we wish it was on our TV, not our PC monitor, but we appreciate GameTap a lot, as game fans, historians, and general geeks, and hope it's around for a while - if only to play some of those proposed SNK titles. In the long-term, having GameTap on a cable/satellite set-top box or media center PC with a good quality controller could be a surprising killer app?

[Oh, and another fun note - the front page of GameTap has a 'Top 10 Most Played' GameTap titles right now, which consists of: Virtua Racing Deluxe, Galaga, Pac-Man, Toy Commander, Dig Dug, Golden Axe, Heroes Of Might & Magic IV, Worms Armageddon, BurgerTime, and Hydro Thunder. Now there's an eclectic bunch!]