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Microsoft Announces Games On Demand For Windows
Microsoft Announces Games On Demand For Windows
December 3, 2009 | By Kris Graft

December 3, 2009 | By Kris Graft
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Microsoft said Thursday that its Games for Windows Live online PC gaming service will soon play host to full, Live-enabled digitally-distributed games with the introduction of a new services called Games on Demand for Windows.

The service update, due December 15, is Microsoft's next move into digital distribution on PC. Currently, Games for Windows Live acts as a limited community platform for Games for Windows titles and a storefront for digital add-ons for games. Users will be able to use Microsoft points or a credit card to buy games.

By setting up a storefront where gamers can download full retail games, Microsoft is stepping further into territory largely occupied by PC game digital distribution leader Valve, whose Steam service boasts 20 million accounts.

The revamped service will launch with several games, including Capcom's Resident Evil 5, Volition's Red Faction: Guerrilla, and Eidos Hungary's Battlestations: Pacific. New Live-enabled versions of 2D Boy's World of Goo and Hemisphere Games' Osmos will also launch on the platform. Included for free will be the formerly-exclusive Windows Vista Ultimate Extra game, Tinker.

“With Games on Demand, we didn’t just want to create a cut-and-paste version of existing digital distribution services,” Live Engagement Services general manager Mike Ybarra said in a statement.

"We challenged ourselves to deliver an integrated platform that takes full advantage of the unique capabilities offered by the Live service," he continued. "Our goal has always been to create a seamless online gaming experience for the Windows community, and Games on Demand is a great step toward that end."

Microsoft said that with Games on Demand for Windows, users will be able to reinstall games at will, "wherever you want." Existing Games for Windows Live games, which include Fallout 3, Street Fighter IV, and others, link to users' Xbox Live Gamertags, allowing for non-gameplay connectivity with the large Xbox Live console community.


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Peter Olsted
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Not copypaste an existing solution? So, what new feature are there? A stunning 200% increase in ingame ads?

Bart Stewart
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So... "GOD for Windows," then?



Someone at Microsoft thinks highly of this product. :D

robert toone
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I would love to know when they are going to do the Whole Xbox live back end for the PC. Like the player matching and leaderboards. It's not like they already have the system or anything..

chris condon
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Games on Demand. Games for Windows Live. MSN Live. Live. Xbox Live ... simplify the branding?

Chris Melby
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I really don't trust MS, nor their so called goals to try and improve the Windows online gaming experience, as they've done so much harm to their own platform in recent years by being so neglectful.



Anyways, it would be NICE, if they fixed the flaws in their current system. How about an update that will allow me to use my GFWL -Offline-Save-game files from my previous PC on my new one.

Derek Smart
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The GfW Live initiative is pure and utter crap. Thats why its not widely adopted. If they're making this store contingent upon games on there being GfW compliant, this is so going to fail.



And I can't imagine which gamers MS actually thinks trusts them. It is certainly not the hardcore gamers who will continue buying their games on Steam, D2D, GG etc. I can't imagine any gamer - who hasn't already taken leave of their senses - buying anything from their store.



Lets not forget that MS has always had a store front (Windows Marketplace). That failed miserably. And this is just another half-cocked attempt to capitalize on the burgeoning DD market. Like *everything* else games related on the PC that MS has touched of late, this too will fail miserably. Then a bunch of people will suddenly decide to "take time off to spend with their families", someone else will step in with a brand new mantra. Rinse. Repeat. Another day at the farm.

Maurício Gomes
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Why GfW is free?



It is because it suck so much that people don't want it even free...



Btw: I have only a single game that supports GfW, and I used a crack/patch/whatever to remove that feature, so I can play without GfW (and in fact, I don't have any Live products on my machine anymore, not even MEssenger, that forced me to update it from 7.5 to Live! version, that now refuses to log-in... so I removed it too)

steve roger
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Battlestations: Pacific. LOL. They shouldn't even bother putting this one up on the service. How in the world can this be a rollout title.

Ninja Snoopy
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Andrew, your XBL & GfWL gamertag can be the same. Then when your playing GfWL games or Xbox games, you'll earn achievements on the same gamertag.

Karl Brehme
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I want to see if they will assume that all countries worldwide want to buy and download games or just USA IP... following the most worst company/marketing/sales decision made ever with games on demand for Xbox 360 (and some arcade, I can´t buy call of duty classics, and some maps and games addon like Gears of War 1 and 2 maps), where there are some cheap and interesting games but they don´t sell for several countries of the world. So I contribute to Hong Kong games selling market buying from there. Cheap prices and cheap worldwide shipping. Yes, they are smart! Or buy some used games at ebay. And again I think: "I´m trying to not pirate, but they don´t want to sell me games", hehe


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