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OnLive Viewer iPad app is perfect for video game spectators

If you're interested inOnLive, the new cloud-based video game service that you'll never ever need discs or memory units for, then you might want to check out the just-launched OnLive Viewer app for iPad.

You can'tactually play gameswith the app at this time, but you can "tune in" to other games being played by people on their computers or OnLive game consoles. Is itthe first dedicated spectator app for gaming?

If just watching random people play games doesn't sound like your cup of tea, there are a few extrafeatures thrown in to make it a bit more interesting. Like...

  • See the latest "Brag Clip" videos of the most amazing moments among OnLive players.
  • Get unfettered access to watch the newest console games.
  • Chat with other spectators.
  • Become friends with fellow players.

"Spectating of other players is by far the most popular OnLive activity after gameplay itself, and the convenience and mobility of iPad and Android tablets adds an incredible dimension to it," said OnLive VP John Spinale in a statement.

In addition to being on the iPad App Store now, OnLive Viewer is also currently in beta form for Android, designed specifically for the full-sized Galaxy Tab tablet.

I think it's great. When I'm on the train, I want something to keep me occupied, but it's usually too crowded to play anything, so now I can just watch other people having a good time. That sounds pathetic, but really, the OnLive Viewer app totallyisn't.

Dec 7, 2010