Microsoft revamps Games for Windows Live

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  1. InsaneNutter

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    Games for Windows Live, in all honesty, hasn't been a roaring success. Microsoft have realised this, and have decided to redesign their service in another bid to tap into the massive area of online PC gaming. The new client is already available, and can be downloaded by logging into your favourite game and updating. Microsoft also plans a brand new Games for Windows Live Marketplace for launch very soon, where gamers can go and purchase demos, levels and characters for their favourite games, in a way not too separated from the current Xbox Live Marketplace.

    The new client moves away from the old Xbox-styled Gamer Card and shifts towards a more Windows-themed style, by using the Office shades and buttons of light blue and gold. Also, whereas the previous design looked like it had been ripped straight from the Xbox, the new design actually feels at home on the PC now. With nearly 5 million Games for Windows Live titles sold, this will be sure to benefit many gamers out there, given the previous announcement that the service is now entirely free.

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    I’ve logged in to Gears of War for Windows and updated... nothing is new at the moment except the in game dashboard now looks horrible in my opinion, have a look here for screenshots of the old one.

    Now look at the attachments here if you want to see the new one... you decide which is best.

    I don’t think there was anything wrong with the old one, So what it looked like the current in game dash in the 360, that’s good... its nice and it worked. Now we have to put up with some horrible blue and orange colour scheme.
     

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  2. Trebor

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    Ouch, I'm hoping they let you change the color scheme or give you free themes to download for it as I also don't like the default look of it. I'll check this out once I've finished Fable 2 and move onto Fallout 3 (PC version has WIndows Live). Also you're able to purchase demos? I pray that's a mistake as I've never paid for any kind of demo on any system.
     
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    Ahh, so it's a bit like the Xbox.. My PC is not amazing so I don't think I will move onto P gaming. Sticking to my Xbox 360!
     
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    This looks very clean and user friendly.
    Whenever I get my new PC that can handle some of the games coming out these days I'll definitely be a Game for Windows user.
    Halo 2 PC = Goodness.

    =)
     
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    I think that was worded a bit wrong in the original article, you will not be charged to download demos.
     
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    Slaz Roast as you make toast!

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    It surely looks more clean and stylish, but I suppose it'll take years for this to match with services like Steam.. It needs exclusive benefits.
     
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    You need to be able to access it from the Desktop before it can even start to compete with Steam.
     
  8. DyNaMiiXx

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    Don't think it looks that nice if I'm honest, never been a big fan of pc gaming
     
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