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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already an annoyance - XBox controller
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already an annoyance - XBox controller Dec 19, 2006, 18:28
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I actually like the controller, and think it could be a good peripheral for the PC. That said, there are two huge annoyances right from the start.

First one is that it cost $10 more than the 360 version, and it is exactly the same controller. Only difference is it includes the driver on a cd. WTF?

Second annoyance is the driver sucks. It doesn't split the trigger axes (which the 360 does by default). Also it doesn't really have deadzones, so the control can be very jittery. It is all fixable by installing a home grown driver and patch and config, but it is a big pain to do, and is exactly what a though GFW was not supposed to be about.

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