Dawn of War II Free GFW Support

IGN has word from Microsoft explaining the absence of PC gaming news at E3, in spite of the staggering support they are throwing behind their "Games for Windows" program that has so taken the gaming world by storm. Kevin Unangst of the Games for Windows program describes the show as "the battle of the consoles," as if somehow this is unrelated to the fact that they seem to be de-emphasizing PC games. IGN also points out they've discovered that Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II will have "gold" level Games for Windows matchmaking support for free out of the box. They question why they learned this from Relic's community site, rather than a Microsoft announcement, getting the following response: "Don't confuse a focus on the console at E3 with a lack of news or impending announcements coming from us on the Windows side. E3 fundamentally is a console show and do you want to compete and rise above the din or do you want to go on the cadence that we think is important to communicate that out." While Kevin has "nothing to announce yet" about whether the premium fee is to be dropped from the GFW program, the explanation of what's going on with the Dawn of War sequel implies this may be the case:
It was important when we talked to Relic that they be able to bring that full, unapologetic multiplayer experience to their gamers. They wanted to announce the game coming to Games for Windows – Live at E3, so we have a relationship with them and that's what we worked out. You'll continue to see movement from us on this front relative to what else we may be doing with Games for Windows – Live sooner than later.
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90% of those titles are cross-platform titles

And maybe 80% on the console lists. Those lists are very similar. Point is, there are still plenty of PC games being shown and promoted, and yes we all know that this E3 inparticular is heavily focused on consoles. But it's not a "console show". I expect there will be major changes in the other direction for E3 next year, if E3 manages to even exist next year.

There are WAY too many "shows" to attend these days, and the companies just want 1 big show that everyone from around the world has to be at, E3 used to be it. Too many restrictions has swept the legs out from under it. Bring back the large open forum, put monitored booth sound restrictions in place and limit the number of booth babes per display/company.

The reason for fewer PC exclusives being shown comes with my other point about smaller developers no longer being able to attend the event.

If you don't have a big publisher, you don't get in....and even then you may only get a mention. Again, due to so many restrictions.

There are many great PC exclusive games coming (not just MMO's), but few have major publishers, or if they do, they aren't considered to be big enough to matter.

Do you think so many companies pulled out of E3 voluntarily because they liked the new restrictions? Or maybe it was because they didn't want to promote their products?

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