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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So what we're seeing here may be less of 'win the hearts and minds of gamers' and more of 'win the hearts and minds of game developers'.

As the PS2 proved, win the devs and you win the gamers.

and how long before a PC dev has to pay MS for each sold copy (just like console games)

That's an impossibility.
Not only is it an open platform (for developing on,) but the lawsuits over what defines a game and what defines an application would be insanely costly. You'd have devs start bundling basic word processors with their games to get around it.
Furthermore, why would MS be so stupid? They know damn well that every other platform on the market is open to any development. They know the reason why theirs triumphs is the amount of applications available for it. If they start charging people to develop for it they give incentive for people to develop elsewhere, which gives consumers incentive to investigate other markets.


Some of you are just hugely paranoid without any understanding of business. Microsoft makes more money by being #1 than they ever could taking a cut of the gaming market. GFW is a two-fold strategy:
1) Make certain gaming stays on the Windows platform instead of straying, keeping gamers with Windows. The fear is gamers going to consoles then abandoning Windows as their computer OS.
2) Make gaming easily transferable between the PC and the 360, increasing the releases for both platforms.

Microsoft knows that good business is keeping the dev and the consumer happy. Bad business is pissing one off. Posters here rarely seem to understand that.

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