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Posts tagged “Games For Windows Live”

Double Fine Recover Iron Brigade, Ditch GFWL

Like a video games company keen to own and preserve everything it makes, Double Fine have swooped in to snatch back 2012's Iron Brigade [official site]. That simile's perhaps unpoetic and unamusing. Could've said "a big protective bird" or tried a 50 Shades of Grey joke that didn't work and was a good few years behind pop culture. Anyway, the point is, Double Fine now…

Squeaky Clean: Dirt 3 Rinses GFWL Out, Gives Free DLC

Codemasters have taken Dirt 3 [official site] to the valet service, clearing out almost four years of crisp packets, newspapers, melted ice lolly goop, dried mud, travel sweet tins, and Games for Windows - Live guff. In what turned out not be a hilarious April Fool's prank, yesterday they released a version of their racing game with GFWL cut out and Steamworks boshed in. Folks…

GFWL-B-Gone: Dead Rising 2 Switched To Steamworks

You may survive a zombie bite, sometimes, if you hack off the bodypart they nibbled - you've got to beat the infection to your heart. Games have a little more time. Dead Rising 2 and its reimagine-o-follow-up Off the Record were born riddled with Games for Windows - Live, Microsoft's nasty abandoned attempt to make PC games Xbox Live-y, but now they're free. As promised,…

Ring The Bell: Dark Souls Slays GFWL, Transferring Saves

In Lordran, the flow of time may be distorted, but eventually a hero always triumphs/staves off the darkness briefly/plunges us into a different dark age. The Steamworks version of Dark Souls is now out, a little later than planned, and lets folks transfer their saves and achievements away from Games for Windows Live. Splendid. Do switch on over now, as it's not much hassle and…

Red Faction Guerilla Rebels Against GFWL & DX10

Games For Windows Live? No mate, come on, that's a fairy tale. Just something people made up to scare kids. This 'orrible bogeyman that made all your videogames malfunction and constantly scream at you to login, yeah? No such thing, mate, no such thing. I mean, look around you, look at all these games that they used to say it hid in. Dawn of War…

Save Our Souls Saves: Dark Souls From GFWL To Steam

Look, are things really so bad in Lordran? Sure, it's swarming with undead and we're all a few short hours away from losing our minds, but it works, doesn't it? Lifts are still moving, traps keep on rolling, and most people have given up on complaining. But wait: this was an elaborate metaphor for Games for Windows - Live. "Bwhaaaaaa?" you cry, unable to believe…

Steamy: Dead Rising 2 And Resident Evil 5 Ditching GFWL

Splintered bones pierce greyed rotting skin. It shambles on, oblivious. It doesn't notice organs falling out, skin sloughing. We may never fully understand what keeps it alive, if you can call that living. Poor old Games for Windows - Live. [The old switcheroo, we call that one -ed.] Capcom are planning to scrape the withered glands of GFWL out another three of their games, they…

Dawn of War 2 Removes GFWL: The Unclean Is Purged

Burn the heretic! Oh, they already have. The latest game to throw off the absurd and malfunctioning shackles of the multiplayer infrastructure/DRM that was (and how good it feels to use the past tense) Games For Windows Live is Relic's stout RTS/ARPG mash-up Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 2. The sting in this redemption song is the loss of LAN and direct connect support.

We Know: GFWL Not Shutting Down Next Week

We're only a few days from July 1, when Games for Windows Live was supposedly due to shut down. Despite pulling the announcement which sparked all this confusion, for whatever reason Microsoft have been happy enough to let this rumour roll around. Any time they addressed this, it was vague and unhelpful, giving the impression that they planned to kill GFWL at some point but…

Purified: Dawns Of War Ditching GameSpy And GFWL

In the future of Warhammer 40,000, humanity cling desperately to faltering technology they no longer understands, knowing once crucial systems break they can't repair them and everyone will be doomed. Learning a lesson from all this, Relic is stripping out wonky old multiplayer tech from its WH40K: Dawn of War games, replacing GameSpy and Games for Windows - Live with warming Steam. And now I'm…

Super Street Fighter IV Ditching Games For Windows Live

SSFIVAE is breaking free from GFWL! What does that mean? It means that Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition is snapping the shackles of Games For Windows Live and switching to Steamworks this coming Friday. This is good news, because Games For Windows Live may soon vanish (though given this is Microsoft, it's not quite that simple) and it's not yet clear which games will…

Keep On Livin’: Dark Souls Not Going Anywhere

Life and death are complicated in Dark Souls. You kill someone, then you go have a sit-down and they're alive again. Or undead again, whatever. Or you rob someone's grave, then discover you're the one who offed them in a time travel lark. Accordingly, the life of the game is a bit messy too. With Games for Windows – Live possibly maybe shutting down (I'll…

IT LIIIIIIIIIVES: GFWL Perma-Closing Next July

HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY. Ahem. Sorry. Let me briefly activate my brain's cyborganic professionalism implant. Bleep bloop. OK then. So the news that Microsoft's much-reviled game service/malignancy Games For Windows Live is well and truly finished isn't actually all that surprising. It's much appreciated - don't get me wrong - but the writing was already on the wall, given that Games For Windows Marketplace's days are already very,…

Contradictory Headlines, Pt 2: Msoft Hires Ex-Steam Boss

Hmmm. Well, OK then. So remember how Microsoft is closing down its increasingly irrelevant PC games marketplace once and for all? I would hope so. We just posted about it, like, an hour ago. (Apologies to the rather sizable goldfish portion of our audience; that comment was insensitive.) Well, you'd think that plus a very overt focus on Xbox One would imply total abandonment of…

A Brief Moment Of Perverse Gratitude To GFWL

Notoriously, infamously broken gaming social network/store/DRM Games For Windows Live appears to be, if not quite yet dead, then at least waiting nervously for a visit from the priest. Few shall mourn its loss. Indeed, I had hoped to never experience again its peculiar, malfunctioning attempts to control my savegames, DLC and freedom to play videogames I already own. Unfortunately for me, yesterday I decided…

Cloud Gaming: Microsoft Flight Is Out Today, Free

Welcome aboard Microsoft Flight gfwlivesetup_4d5308d2e0000001_DIR.exe. Our free-to-play sim set in the skies of Hawaii, but we've been redirected to land on a strip near Tim Stone's house. He'll be trimming the review rudder for us sometime this week. We offer complimentary Big Island, planes and missions. Drinks and light refreshments, such as additional landscapes, planes and missions, can be purchased from our Marketplace. If you'll…

Knickers Twisted About Win 8 and Xbox 360

The story that won't go away at the moment, other than the one about the people and politicians of Britain finally trying to overthrow the secret ruler of the world, is that Windows 8 might, just might, have some kind of support for Xbox 360 games. It's a story that's arrived from rumour and speculation, but apparently that's enough for less salubrious places to claim…

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