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Voodoo PC will hang on as a brand name only

Nearly two years ago in September 2006, HP announced that it purchased gaming PC maker Voodoo for an undisclosed amount of money. Originally, Voodoo remained a separate entity from HP and continued to focus on creating gaming machines for high-end gaming customers.

Today HP announced that it is folding the Voodoo brand into its HP line. HP says that it will maintain Voodoo as a brand name. That statement frightens some Voodoo enthusiasts who fear that the Voodoo name will be just that -- a name slapped onto anything HP wants to market for more money to the gaming crowd.

PC World quotes HP spokeswoman Ann Finnie saying, “It is just the next step of integration into the business units that deliver Compaq Presario and [HP] Pavilion.” The good part about the folding of Voodoo completely into HP is that the gaming systems would be easier to get at retail locations and with the significantly larger staff of HP systems would be faster to build and deliver.

Voodoo’s Rahul Sood said in a blog post, “Ultimately it means that Voodoo and Voodoo-influenced products will be easier to buy, faster to get, they will feature local service, and they will have the full power of HP’s marketing and sales channel behind them. The bottom line is we have ignited the brand and sparked big excitement; so we are now integrating our organizations to fuel our growth.”

Finnie told PC World, “Don't expect customers to see a difference.” Existing customer support and service won’t change either. How this move will affect pricing of Voodoo computers remains to be seen.



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RE: Enthusiast?
By xphile on 7/24/2008 6:48:10 PM , Rating: 5
I remember my first gaming rig too - my Apple IIe in 1985 with TWO 5 1/4 inch drives and an extended 80-column card - twice the standard RAM (128k) and Double Hi-Res (a whopping 560×192 pixels).

When you can remember back to how things were then - and how every man and his dog looked at you like you were a total freak if you had a computer - THOSE were the glory days my friend.


RE: Enthusiast?
By helios220 on 7/25/2008 12:56:51 PM , Rating: 3
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I remember my first gaming rig too - my Apple IIe in 1985 with TWO 5 1/4 inch drives and an extended 80-column card - twice the standard RAM (128k) and Double Hi-Res (a whopping 560×192 pixels).


Wow you must have made it to Oregon twice as fast with all that power.


RE: Enthusiast?
By christojojo on 7/25/2008 1:08:53 PM , Rating: 2
Trs-80 with a color monitor aka TV. No Tape drive for the first 10 months of ownership. Remembering the "aw mom please don't turn it off I just got done typing it in. Come on mom , please! please?" Arrg. Those were fun days (lol).


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