Well, technically. For the few of you that might not know what's going on, Games for Windows is suppose to connect with people using and Xbox. This mean that you can play rank matches on Halo 2 on your 360 while your friend can kick your butt using his PC. The best part is this:"You'll have a single gamertag you can use on either (or both)platforms, and your same friends list, achievements, and messages will all be available to you where you are. And even better, it won't cost any extra coinage - if you’re an Xbox LIVE gold member on Xbox, you’re automatically a Games for Windows – LIVE gold member. It's the same service. You just use your existing gamertag and go." Halo 2 PC
will be out soon and you'll be able to collect Achievements, see your friends, and create new Halo maps, the whole nine yards. Of course, only for the PC version.
The 1st game to REALLY use Games for Windows Live (GWL) will be Shadowrun
, which is one of the many games I am truly exited about and can't wait to play it again. Yes...again, as I had the chance to mess around with a beta of it. People will be able to kick my butt using a controller or a keyboard/mouse combo. If you think getting "Pwnd" before hurt, I have the feeling that is going to hurt even more now.
One down side to this is they have yet to mention any type of security towards this. Games for Windows Live seems a good idea and I can't wait to be part of it (Especially since I can use my already paid XBL account), but at the same time, this opens yet another window for people to mod and cheat. Now they don't have to open their Xbox in order to mod, but simple have some program in the background making sure you get the most kills.
The other downside is that now you will have to pay 60 for an XBL game and/or another 60 or more for its PC version. I'm sure EA will have a party with this new addition since they will have PC only stuff and XBOX only stuff for you to unlock and have. It might become another way for companies to make our life miserable for the few that actually care about Achievement points and so on so forth. Let's hope that this only brings good things for us and not the worst in us.
Oh yea! And before I sign off...the 3rd game is Uno O_O. Why? Do people REALLY like to play virtual Uno? I mean, is fun and all, but even the card game after 5 rounds it get's old. Why not Settlers of Catan (Coming soon to an Xbox near you)? But no...We get...Uno *sigh*
What's next Microsoft? Barbie’s Horse Adventure?