Some Fans Unhappy With Dark Souls PC On Games For Windows Live
With the somewhat surprising, somewhat disappointing reaction BioWare has given to the push for a new Mass Effect 3 ending, it’s no wonder gaming fans are taking a more proactive approach to potential problems in games. These things seem to get results, or at least, a response. Which is why I’m not surprised by this latest news. Now I should start by saying we’re all very excited that by Dark Souls is coming to PC at last. It seems, however, that it’s going to be available in one place: Games For Windows Live.
A few fans are unhappy about this, and to do something about it, they’ve started a petition on Change.org asking Namco-Bandai to reconsider, and go Steam. “GFWL is unpopular, difficult to use, inconvenient, has terrible online support (a key feature in Dark Souls), and is downright unpleasant”, the petition reads. “After anxiously awaiting a PC release for this fantastic game it feels like a real slap in the face hearing Dark Souls will use Games for Windows Live. We recommend Valve’s Steamworks in place, as this DRM is much easier to use, less intrusive, more reliable, and more accepted among PC gamers. Please reconsider the use of GFWL, or offer the game on both services. Thank you for taking the effort to port this game, but for a lot of customers it’s Steam or no sale.”
So is this true that no Steam = no deal for a significant number of gamers? As you’d expect, this is by no means a consensus reaction. Redditers are universally panning Games for Windows Live in the discussion thread, but comments like “GFWL does suck, but they’re probably porting from the Xbox version of Dark Souls. If that’s the case, the functionality for GFWL and Xbox Live is very similar, meaning it takes very little work to port one to the other,” and a general ‘wait and see’ approach is so far dominant. Naturally we rather like Steam, and admit Games For Windows Live kind of sucks. But it seems to us that it’s at least better than Origin, more a problem of needing more development than of being inherently evil. (and seriously, Change.org petitions should probably be reserved for stuff like the Trayvon Martin shooting rather than games. There are other ways of spreading the word; see the Retake Mass Effect movement for a very successful such effort on Facebook and Twitter).
Then again, perhaps having Dark Souls on GFWL is just in keeping with the game’s already punishing difficulty. Hiooo. But what do you think? Let us know your thoughts on Dark Souls on GFWL in comments.
via Reddit (of course).