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Games on Demand Launches on Games for Windows – With Price Range More Appealing than Xbox 360

The Games for Windows – LIVE client is available to download now, and uses the same user-orientated properties as the Xbox 360. Players will have a unique GamerTag which operates on both Xbox 360 and Games for Windows systems, linked to a Windows LIVE ID account that also grants features such as a free Hotmail based e-mail account and soon personalised search engine results through the recently launched Bing, and can maintain a consolidated GamerScore of the Achievements earned through playing games on either format. The Games for Windows – LIVE service already offered Downloadable Content (DLC) for existing retail games, as well as trailers, demos and other associated content, and now offers full games for direct download. (Battlestations: Pacific, Colin McRae: Dirt 2, DiRT 2, Fuel, Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights, PC, Red Faction: Guerrilla, Red Faction: Guerrilla Smasher Pack, Resident Evil 5, Street Fighter IV, Tech, Tinker, Viva Pinata, Xbox 360)

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I Call 9MM  +   2176d ago
It's an improvement over what it was, but here in Canada at least, most, not all, but most of the games are priced higher then they are at retail (well, futureshop at least), by around 5-20 bucks depending on the game (Fallout 3, for instance, is only 35 bucks at futureshop, but it is $60 online. That's the biggest one, the rest have less of a descrepency in pricing, but still around 10 dollars more. Why???). It leaves me very little insentive to buy anything off of the service at this point.

Hopefully, we start seeing more games arriving on the service, and at fair prices (Microsoft is notorious for their odd pricing schemes, they can be all over the map). Get some indie titles on here, some ports (or upgraded ports) of XBLA titles, some remakes of older PC games, and some more original content, and I think the service will have a chance. And the UI needs a lot of work, still no universal in-game/out of game client yet.
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slugboss  +   2176d ago
They really should have just merged services with Xbox Live, at least for xbla and indie games, if they want to set themselves apart from the competition. They should start letting us use these games connected to our gamertag on WHATEVER platform that has LIVE. Otherwise it is going to be confusing mess between zune, 360, PC.
kevco33  +   2176d ago
£7.49 is a good price for any "full" game (as in, worthy of disc-based retail release), and if the range continues to expand in this way I could see some people investing in the service. Right now though, it's a nice addition to an average service, not a frontrunner in the field.

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