On Games for Windows

Games for Windows Vista how the new brand & OS will change PC gaming on Joystiq offers an updated preview of the new Games for Windows initiative, attempting, with limited success, to sort out what GFW represents besides a marketing slogan. Based on a tour of the program by Marketing Director Kevin Unangst and PR Manager Michael Wolf, they describe interoperability with Xbox 360 games via "Live Anywhere," how PCs will get numerical ratings to gauge how well they can play games, and what qualifies a game for the GFW logo. The conclusion they draw, however, is that it is difficult to draw conclusions about all this:
It's a risk. The Games for Windows strategy is on the verge of being schizophrenic. Can the cumbersome PC gaming experience really be simplified down to a console scheme? There are just too many freedoms and variations that exist in the PC universe to accurately interpret the PC as "the console that everybody already owns." It's not that simple. So is GFW a trick? Is Microsoft trying to lure back some of the consumers that were lost when Xbox was launched (an initiative that cannibalized PC gaming sales by design)?

The answer, like the Games For Windows vision, is not so clear. But there is most certainly the opportunity for Microsoft to create something very special. A cross-platform community where you and I can jump from Xbox to PC to our cell phones seamlessly. Anywhere.
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I really really cannot see a problem with this GFW push by Microsoft.

So what you'll have to buy Vista to play new games. Correct me if i'm wrong but werent there quite a few XP only games released when XP was?

Microsoft are just trying to enabling PC gaming easier for those unable/unwilling to learn the complete ins and outs of sustaining a PC. The number of times i've gone into a local GAME and bought a PC game to have someone behind the counter say "Have you read the specs? Can your machine handle it, because we dont offer refunds/trade ins with PC games". Now how many parents that aren't seriously into computers, know the difference between a P4 3GHZ and an AMD 64 3500+. I'll bet you pretty much most dont.

So why are so many people clamouring all over this saying it's stupid, it'll force us to buy Vista etc etc etc. No doubt you'll buy vista in the future. No doubt quite a few games will provide XP support as well. So what the hell is the problem?

I'm probably rambling again and not making more sense, but i don't care. This is a good thing. It means more games (hopefully good) for the PC with less hassel in trying to figure out if your computer can play the game without some show stopping hardware incompatability.

And to respond to nin, what the fuck is the problem with a Microsoft cross-platform compatability gaming system? Just because it's Microsoft it should be denounced and claimed as a spawn of the devil? Fuck that. It's handy.

Argh time to take some more "chill pills" i think



Edit: I was going to type something in rebuttle to Grandmaster Demonlord Toadeater, but i just can't type anything coherent enough due to the red mist i'm currently viewing.

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