Microsoft Announces Games For Windows Marketplace

Compared to Steam and Direct2Drive, Microsoft isn't exactly a big player in the digital games distribution market, but it hopes to reverse that with the launch of its Games for Windows Marketplace.

Microsoft today announced the Games for Windows Marketplace, a new online PC games store will launch on November 15th.

"With Games for Windows Marketplace, we set out to create a digital store built for PC gamers end-to-end," said Kevin Unangst, Senior Global Director, PC and Mobile Gaming, at Microsoft. "And by integrating with our existing Xbox LIVE and Windows Live services, we've made it easier than ever for millions of gamers to see for themselves how easy buying PC games can be."

Aside from its integration with Xbox LIVE accounts, the new Marketplace doesn't seem to offer anything we haven't seen before. Nonetheless, Microsoft promises exclusive deals and discounts.

Microsoft has confirmed that the Games for Windows Marketplace won't host games that utilize Valve's Steamworks platform since it is considered a competing service. "If a game is a Steamworks game, it's not something we're selling," Peter Orullian, product manager for PC and mobile gaming at Microsoft affirmed.

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Do I use Game 4 Windows or Will I Use It

The answer to my subject is a mixed bag. Unless Micosoft is willing to discount games like Steam does with their products, id probably say hell no. Steam is like Walmart on steroids. Every week, every day there is cool software at discount prices. Even the Super new software might receive some discount if you buy a map pack or something. If microsoft is just going to use it to sell games, theres no point in using it over steam. I personally hated steam, now i love it. They actually do care about gamers. Giving games constant discounts on newer and always older software at huge discounts sometimes proves they are in it to get the software out the door. If they see software isnt selling the way they would like it, they throw up a discount and get tons more people who would never buy it because of price, now thinking, and finally making the purchase because of the sale where as they would never had purchased it at full price. Steam knows how to sell games, lets just wait and see if Microsoft can do what they do. If they don't copy steams sale model, its doomed from the start.

microsoft still...

microsoft still fights gaming, instead of joining them. GFWL will never succeed of microsoft keeps such a controlling grip on PC gamers instead of a freedom-based idea.

Console Gaming = Highly Controlled
PC Gaming = More options

Look at EA battlefield BC2. Perfect example.

Lame 2

Oh yeah I forgot to mention... anyone want to bet that EA will produce a shitty content delivery system too?

Blizzard-Activision...battleshit2.0
Microsoft...gamesforwindowscrap
Valve...Steam
Direct2Drive...garbage

SOON TO COME:
Electronic Arts... Some form of a shitty CPU usage

These things are good in theory, but when you install more than 1 at a time it's like having 5 different anti-virus programs installed at the same time...

Lame

Now there is going to be 100 content delivery systems that you'll have to download just to play all the games out there and no one will carry anyone elses games.

So now rather than installing 1 game, you need 15 pieces of software in the background hogging system resources to play.

So fucking stupid.

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