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Atrusino

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#1 11 years ago

I just realized that there is no (visible) post about Games for Windows.. So who's for an who's against? Info below is from here: About Games for Windows

You already know that Windows is a phenomenal gaming platform - the most popular gaming platform on the planet, in fact! That's why you're here.

But what you may not know is that Microsoft and some of the gaming industry's biggest names have worked together to make the gaming experience on Windows better than ever. And Games for Windows is the result. What is Games for Windows? It's a promise of games that deliver the great new gaming experiences on Windows.

The Games for Windows brand on games means four key things:

1) Quality. Games for Windows branded titles undergo extensive testing, and not just by the publisher. Microsoft also invests in quality checking each title to ensure they meet performance and reliability standards.

2) Compatibility. Games for Windows branded titles work on Windows XP and Windows Vista based PCs, including both 32 and 64 bit editions. Games for Windows titles that support controllers are also compatible with the Microsoft XBOX 360 controller for Windows, including the XBOX 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows. They even support widescreen resolutions and more.

3) Safety features. You can be confident that any title carrying the Games for Windows brand will support the new parental controls and family settings features in Windows Vista.

4) Easy to Play. Games for Windows branded titles are easy to install, find and remove, especially in Windows Vista. Every Games for Windows title appears in the new Windows Vista Games Explorer (no more hunting around the start menu for that game you just installed). And Games for Windows branded titles all offer some form of “easy installâ€, putting you in the game more quickly.

Why are these important? Because Games for Windows is all about letting you focus on the FUN.

Many great titles already carry the Games for Windows branding with many more on the way in 2007. Be assured of these great new gaming experiences by looking for Games for Windows branded titles.

Thanks for stopping by. And have FUN!

What is Games for Windows? It's control. It's a cornered market. Windows is the biggest operating system in this country, but that is not the case in over a hundred other countries. Games for windows is cornering you in to needing windows. Yes, it supports Windows XP, but dozens of new games are going to require Direct X 10 which you can only get on Vista. Furthermore, Microsoft plans on shutting down XP in the very near future. So more or less, they're setting you up so you have to have Vista to run any newer games. Questions, comments?




Junk angel

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#2 11 years ago

Actaully it's more for pushing forward new hardware. The entire Vista is designed around this very fact.

With Vista, in your plain office pc's will now require some normal hardware etc.

Actually the entire games for windows concept is something I can't really care about.

What I myself hate are localised version. The problem is, that quite often, you can only buy the localised version. And well after hearing the czech voice acting and translations in wc3...




Atrusino

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#3 11 years ago

Haha! No, anyway.. If Vista was designed around new hardware, it wouldn't be having dozens of problems with new hardware and.. Backwards compatibility is the way of the future.. Something Vista greatly lacks.




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#4 11 years ago

You don't have a PC game anymore you have a Windows game. Hoo-bloody-ra. Forgive me if I don't sound too excited.

Games for Windows is Microsoft's attempt to do the same things to software they've done for the Hardware market, namely force people to conform to their standards in order to get certified to work with Microsoft's stuff. I'm not really seeing what's in it for the companies making the games though, maybe Microsoft is paying them really big money to get certified as Games for Windows or something. After a few years of most games being GfW people will start to require it just because it's something they've got used to, then we'll be in the shit.

From my perspective it's a monumentally bad idea, Microsoft haven't exactly done brilliant things with their control of the hardware market. Getting their fingers further into software doesn't exactly fill me with warm feelings and a desire to hug the nearest person.

It may just be Microsoft's attempt to protect the key part of their market I suppose. Fewer games than ever are turning a reasonable profit on the PC, due in large part to rising development costs. The reason most people seem to use Windows over say Linux is because Window's supports games. Let's face it there's better office software out there, graphics run better on Macs, if you honestly didn't care about the games, or if the gaming market were to die there'd be very little reason to stay with Windows.

But I'm a cynical old bastard, and I don't like the way this smells.




Atrusino

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#5 11 years ago

They're trying to completely shut out Linux and Apple.. It's just as bad as what they did to the HaloGen team ( Halogen Homepage )... They force out the competition and anything that they (the competition) come up with is stolen by microsoft.. Like Microsoft Surface, which was originally a design of Apple, if I recall..




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#6 11 years ago

Well yeah, that's what business is all about, divide and conquer. If you're not out to beat the competition then you may as well just throw in the towel and go home.

To be honest if someone tried to make a game based on a back-story and fan base I'd developed I'd be pissed - lawsuits and lawyers kind of pissed. My intellectual property is my world, competition isn't permitted to exist in it. If people want to make a killer RTS then they can come up with their own back-story for it and stay the heck away from damaging my opportunities to exploit the IP that I've spent time creating.

I can't really comment much on Apple/MS and the Surface. From my perspective Microsoft Surface is a really crap idea anyway, from an interface perspective it's worse than pretty much any PC and just from a physical perspective I have room for a certain number of tables and they're the sort that you eat your dinner off. If I need to send stuff to my PC I just have my phone find the network and things synchronise themselves from that.

Don't get me wrong, I think MS are against competition but that's hardly something that's just jumped into existence, so no doubt are Apple and most other commercial companies.




Atrusino

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#7 11 years ago

Monopolizing an industry is against the law in the US and they're getting away ith it by taking back doors in and out of loopholes.. Competition aint a abd thing, but destroying an industry is.




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#8 11 years ago

I dare say Apple seems to have a rather dramatic monopoly on making Macs. It's against the law in most of the world, however there's no denying that the ultimate aim of most companies is to gain as near a monopoly in whatever area they happen to specialise in as they can without pushing the law onto themselves. It's also the case that very few countries properly enforce anti-monopoly laws; perhaps since by the time a company becomes that big it becomes beneficial to politicians and most countries have their higher judges appointed by government. Like I said though I don't think this is a good thing, but if you really wanted to play recent games it's hardly a new thing, which leads me to suppose they may have some other reason for doing it than just shutting out Linux and Apple.




Atrusino

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#9 11 years ago

I'm certain they have an agenda.. Doesn't mean that it will manifest itself any time soon, but they've already almost got the market cornered.. The only reason Linux stands a fighting chance is because thousands of people are willing to ghost coding and drivers so that games 'think' they are running on Windows with DX10. Poor Apple doesn't even have that.




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#10 11 years ago
You already know that Windows is a phenomenal gaming platform - the most popular gaming platform on the planet, in fact! That's why you're here.

Uh, like there is much of a choice in OS's for today's games?

But what you may not know is that Microsoft and some of the gaming industry's biggest names have worked together to make the gaming experience on Windows better than ever.

Then why can I not play some of my favorite games anymore?

1) Quality. Games for Windows branded titles undergo extensive testing, and not just by the publisher. Microsoft also invests in quality checking each title to ensure they meet performance and reliability standards.

If the latest OS is any indication of that testing, I'm scared.

2) Compatibility. Games for Windows branded titles work on Windows XP and Windows Vista based PCs, including both 32 and 64 bit editions. Games for Windows titles that support controllers are also compatible with the Microsoft XBOX 360 controller for Windows, including the XBOX 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows. They even support widescreen resolutions and more.

Games for Windows are designed for Windows computers?!?!? Are you trying to trick me or something?

Does that mean the games I played in the past are now going to be labeled Games Not for Windows because you didn't slap your name across them?

3) Safety features. You can be confident that any title carrying the Games for Windows brand will support the new parental controls and family settings features in Windows Vista.

Safety features, woo hoo! Now I don't have to worry about those evil CDs killing me in my sleep! Praise the Lord!

4) Easy to Play. Games for Windows branded titles are easy to install, find and remove, especially in Windows Vista. Every Games for Windows title appears in the new Windows Vista Games Explorer (no more hunting around the start menu for that game you just installed). And Games for Windows branded titles all offer some form of “easy install�, putting you in the game more quickly.

This statement is just loaded. Haven't most games always been easy to install and remove? Now my computer feels like it will explode if I try and uninstall a Windows game. Are you sure you want to uninstall this fine Windows game? [SIZE="7"]CANCEL[/SIZE] or [SIZE="1"]allow[/SIZE]. We know you clicked [SIZE="1"]allow[/SIZE], but are you absolutely sure you wish to continue?

Repeat every thirty seconds.

Why are these important? Because Games for Windows is all about letting you focus on the FUN.

Many great titles already carry the Games for Windows branding with many more on the way in 2007. Be assured of these great new gaming experiences by looking for Games for Windows branded titles.

Thanks for stopping by. And have FUN!

Funny, I always played my other games for FUN. Didn't know the only way I could have fun is if the game were constantly advertising the Windows brand name.