Microsoft has launched the new Games For Windows Live Marketplace, offering up around 80 games plus a variety of DLC packs for digital download.
Still no party chat in the games, im pretty disappointed
Pretty lame catalog if you ask me.
and no Kinect support to give PC devs some kind of traction.
Yeah, that's how you'll win PC gamers over. Have a tiny catalog and charge more than Steam. Let's see how this bold new strategy works out for them.
Microsoft updates their PC service and it is greeted by nothing but tumble weeds blowing around. Yep that sounds about right, you missed the boat MS. Oh yeah and those prices are hilarious, does Microsoft not realise this isn't console land.
People are going to be more better off going to GoG or Steam...
Gamers on PC are nowhere near as stupid as console gamers. Sorry M$ but your attempts to take advantage of the idiotic won't work here. No thanks.
Ha Ha Ha microsoft will keep on failing in regards to attracting pc gamers to games for windows.
I just thought it was a shitty DRM thing
Developers have been more and more testing the Mac waters. If they don't do something to fire up the pc gamers (at least the casual gamers) they could eventually loose a large chunk of the market. Of course as long as Macs stay so closed up and hard to upgrade the serious gamers will never move over. Gotta stay where the hardware is.
I can has linux? If only it had software support... ... and drivers that didn't require manual coding. x.x
I dont have GTA IV yet and 12 bucks for it isnt to bad..
Steam's sales had GTA4 at $5 once (well, actually at multiple occasions)... ... all my games are bought from steam sales. =x
better then steam for sure but that dont say much lol
Shirley you can't be serious? Steam is an amazing content distribution service.
The client is buggy, the UI is attrocious, the DRM is lame, and you need to be online at least once even to go into offline mode. Steam sales, while everyone rants and raves about how good they are, make up the majority of the revenue when people buy games from steam. This means the sale price is the true value of a non-physical buggy client DRM based copy of a game. MS has a chance to shine here. LIVE is better than Steamworks for stats and social interaction. MS has said they plan on distributing games without the client, for those that don't care about LIVE services. No buggy DRM middleware is a good thing if you ask me. The UI for MS is LEAPS AND BOUNDS better than Steam, it makes sense and is intuitive. EDIT: If MS brings the prices down, I definitely see this service as a viable contender. I don't understand why people would not want competition here anyway. It will lead to further price reductions, plus we need at least one competitor that offers a non/reduced DRM option, otherwise Steam DRM is all you will ever have. Then you are forever locked into the DRM model and at the mercy of Valve for the continued playability of your games. At least games distributed from GoG or any other clientless service are yours to play forever without any lame online DRM authentication.
" If MS brings the prices down, I definitely see this service as a viable contender." 1000+ games on steam vs 200 on GFWL...... I dunno if you also forgot, but MS tried that pay for Live crap a while back. What's to say they won't try anything silly again? On a side note, how in the world is their UI intuitive? It does the same one like most UIs, which is an overlay when you're playing a game.
Is this their way of "Supporting" the pc market? If so it's a shitty attempt.
Some good deals and other not so good deals. Fable: TLC is pretty tough to find at retail so $9.99 is a pretty decent deal. The great thing about not pledging fanboyism to any one digital distributor is you can shop around. Steam, Impulse, GFWLM, Beamdog, Good Old Games, etc, who ever has the better deal on a title I want digitally gets my money.
I don't think it is about fanboysim, most people are mocking this relaunch because the prices are sky high on nearly all the products. This is a relaunch to make GFW compete with those other services and so far it is a laughing stock. There is also the issue of MS's history towards the PC. If I buy a game from GOG, Impulse or Steam I can be pretty sure they will use that money to improve their services to my benefit. That is not the case with MS, they clearly have a console bias and any money earned from the PC side of things gets poured into the black hole called console gaming. That doesn't help me or the PC market, I will continue to use PC based DD services because it is in my interest to do so.
This is the reason valve is going to sony. They realized Ms would go pc again and could potentially be the ultamate rival for them. They need to launch this in every windows version and price as low as steam does. That would mean every average person on the planet that wanted say plants vs zombies would go to the service already installed one click away. They then bring over halo, gears, fables, alan wake, forzas, all that arent on pc and they might stand a chance against valve. They will also need the classics, baldurs gate, pl torment, divine divinity, rts, exc. Tie in w7 phones, xbox live, and their pc service to gamerscores, windows messenger, so theyre all under the same umbrella. That would be good as i could be tied in to everything.
Dude, Microsoft doesn't have common sense. If they did this would have become a reality years ago. All they know is that they have gotten away with murder on the console gamer, and that's the only way they know how to do business now. They will learn eventually or they will pull from the PC market in all entirety.
Honestly, if people keep buying console games, keep buying consoles, keep paying for online, and keep purchasing DLC, how is that MS fault? They only make things available, people are the ones buying their stuff. They certainly aren't forcing anything on anyone. People can just not buy the crap if they don't want it. Look at the Saturn and Dreamcast for examples of how people can just say no.
bail....that's exactly why I said Getting away with it...
No way, did Micro$oft steal another existing idea and now failing at it?
That's stealing an idea? Really? Jesus
Selling games online and selling downloadable games with a user interface (chat, achievements) are two different concepts. If you have never heard of Steam then Google it and have a look -- Microsoft have basically taken this existing idea.
Do these games show up in your achievement list?
GFWL really is the cancer of PC gaming. Steam is far and away better than what GFWL will ever be.
So I bought it and downloaded the 11G installer, choose English as the installation language and waited for 30 minutes for my computer to install it.(Win7 i7 920, 6 GB RAM and on a SSD disc, so it wasn't slow b/c of the HW) When I started the game, everything was in German. So I uninstalled the game to try once more, only to find out that I have to download the full effing 11 GB installer again! WHAT A P.O.S. - And this is what we get after MS killed Flight Simulator... Oh well - back to Steam.
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