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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I'm not sure why so many gamers still consider E3 relevent, anymore. If anything interesting is revealed about a game I care about, and these days, it's a big "if," I'm going to see an easy to read line of text, at most a paragraph, about it when I open my browser and Blues pops up.

Where I work, everyone has a massive erection for E3, and they're taping it off of G4, and they're salivating in front of the broadcast like Jesus is going to bleed into their cups.

I just don't see the point in putting all that effort into paying attention to it when I can use this magical thing called the "Internet" to screen any information I care about and then go back to playing the games I haven't yet had time to finish.

As far as GFW goes, who cares? If you don't have a use for the Gold-level features, don't pay for it and play the damn game. Matchmaking is useless on PC games anyway since we have server browsers, and I use "server browser" here as a synonym for "functionality." There hasn't been much ridiculous extremism in this thread over it (yet,) but I know there's enough anti-Microsoft sentiment going around the intarwebs for plenty of people to declare they're boycotting GFW games over this issue and blah blah blaaaaaahhh. All that's going to do is convince developers they can't make money on PC games instead of shitty cookie-cutter console generic crap like Halo. Buy the game and don't pay for the silly gold membership and the worst thing that happens is, Microsoft keeps wasting money trying to push it. The BEST thing that happens, they realize no one cares and get rid of the excess garbage.

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