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Games for Windows Live To be Discontinued in July 2014

Hardcore Gamer: Microsoft plans to discontinue the service beginning on July 1 2014. Apparently, Age of Empires Online will be shutdown in response to this, which also raises the question of what will happen to games that required similar infrastructure.

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clmstr1013d ago (Edited 1013d ago )

YES.
Our prayers have been finally answered. The world of PC gamers is saved from a terrible curse.

starchild1013d ago

Haha yeah, GFWL was a pain.

zeal0us1013d ago (Edited 1013d ago )

*Gamerscom 2013 MS unveils their new platform for pc gamers. This new platform will optimize games on Win8, WP8 and even the X1.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ! !

*Do know that I'm kidding.

kewlkat0071013d ago

I actually think MS has a new plan....they just hired some Steam guy

DeadlyFire1012d ago (Edited 1012d ago )

@kewlkat007
Yes they have a new plan. I expect One Live or something like that will be the new thing with a full app on the PC that runs identical to Steam or Origin. Free of charge for multiplayer and such as well with subscription for TVservice through One Live or something like that.

The Steam guy they hired stated that he was hired to make Windows a better place for gaming. So I expect something to drop onto the PC platform in the next year or so sometime. Maybe more Xbox exclusive games on the PC to combat Linux and MacOSX gaming. While not super large. Valve has made a dent into getting Linux into gaming. Some games coming in the next year are being developed for Linux as well and I suspect Steambox is the reason for this.

badz1491013d ago

Still about a year left? Why not make it sooner?

They tried to make pc gamers pay to play online...LOL what were they thinking? The thing worked so well on console because it's the only way to play online on the xbox but trying to pull the same stunt on pc?? Did they think they own the internet or something? What a joke. The policy backfired and they had to make it free and still literally nobody is using it! It's not welcomed, period. Should just scrap it a long time ago!

RedDeadLB1013d ago

Shouldn't have even existed in the first place.

Pisque1013d ago

No, it made competition at the beggining of the digital software services. Do you think Steam would have such deals if it hadn't competition at the first place? It's good that GFWL failed lamentably, but it's also good that it existed.

ThatCanadianGuy5141013d ago

steam came in 2002.
This blight on PC gaming was from 2007.
Steam, ( and other services like Direct2drive and gamersgate) were doing fine without MS trying to shoehorn into the market and charge for things that are free everywhere else.

Nothing good came from it.

Murad1013d ago

@DayZ
Dude, it's quite obvious that the only thing MS was trying to do was take control of some market share, which is something Gamersgate, Steam and even GoG are owning, mostly Steam of course. It's stupid, because they were doing the same thing that they were doing before that they are doing now, kind of irritates me.

Tzuno1013d ago

Lol at the comments no wonder they close the damn thing.

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