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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Correct me if i'm wrong but werent there quite a few XP only games released when XP was?
You're wrong. Windows 98 didn't drop out as the preferred or even just a viable gaming platform until a couple of years after XP's release. Microsoft's only XP exclusive was Windows Media Player 8 which was shortlived.

Microsoft are just trying to enabling PC gaming easier for those unable/unwilling to learn the complete ins and outs of sustaining a PC.
NO, that is not all Microsoft is trying to do. Microsoft wants to turn the Windows platform into a revenue stream for games as it has with its XBOX console through XBOX live subscriptions and game licenses. So, while it will certainly simplify PC gaming, PC gamers will literarily pay for that privilege.

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?
The problem is that the people clamouring don't like to pay money when it shouldn't be necessary. Microsoft will eventually force Vista and its Live service upon game consumers by simply not providing support for anything else and making using alternatives impossible or unattractive for developers.


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