Microsoft Fails PC Gamers?

Microsoft Fails PC Gamers on Daily Game (thanks Voodoo Extreme) offers some harsh criticism of Microsoft's Games for Windows initiative. Taking MS to task for Vista-only games, the shortcomings of the PC editions of Halo 2 and Shadowrun, and premium functionality that's free in existing applications, the article asks, with tongue-in-cheek, whether Redmond is trying to kill off PC gaming altogether. Turning to constructive criticism, the piece then offers several suggestions on how to address their complaints.
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Also isn't Games for Windows more about bringing xbox people to the PC, not the other way around?

No, this article actually mirrors what I have thought. I guess I should have written an article.

Microsoft's "help" isn't really helping PC gaming. Name one way that it is! It's not bringing Xbox gamers to PCs, the only difference they'll see is that they'll always lose to mouse+keyboard gamers. Maybe that's supposed to get them to buy PCs? I doubt it, MS would rather push the Xbox, which it fully controls, unlike the PC market.

MS Live? Nope. Xbox games for PCs? Definitely not. I would rather have PC-centric games, not dumbed-down console garbage like Halo 2 and Shadowrun.

What else? DX10? Yeah, thanks for making XP obsolete, MS. How about the game gallery in Vista? I'm sure kids appreciate being locked out of games by their clueless parents, and devs appreciate the fees MS charges to get a game licensed for Vista.

What Microsoft has done is split the PC gaming market between Vista and XP, and is promoting the very things that are *bad* for PC gaming, namely, dumb console ports. I hope developers don't fall for it.

Thanks for nothing, Microsoft.

This comment was edited on Jun 6, 00:15.
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