Games for Windows Live 'Games on Demand' Launches With 50% off Shadowrun, Viva Pinata

Microsoft's foray into PC digital games distribution has begun in earnest today with the launch of Games for Windows Live Games on Demand, offering a small selection of titles at prices roughly comparable to competing digital distributors.

Requiring an update to version 3.2 of the Games for Windows Live client, Games on Demand sells digital downloads of GFW titles by credit card or with Microsoft Points.

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A free version of Tinker--a puzzler previously released for Windows Vista Ultimate--and 50% discounts on Shadowrun and Viva Pinata are on hand to celebrate the launch.

The launch titles and their US and UK prices follow below. The previously-announced GFWL-enabled versions of Osmos and World and Goo are absent from the lineup, while Kane & Lynch curiously can only be bought with Microsoft Points.

  • Fallout 3 - $49.99 / £34.99
  • Resident Evil 5 - $49.99 / £29.99
  • DiRT 2 - $39.99 / £34.99
  • Street Fighter IV - $39.99 / £24.99
  • Red Faction: Guerrilla - $39.99 / unavailable in UK
  • Battlestations: Pacific - $34.99 / £24.99
  • Kane & Lynch: Dead Men - 1600 Microsoft Points ($20 / £13.60)
  • Viva Pinata - $9.99 / £7.49 (50% off)
  • FUEL - $39.99 / £34.99
  • Shadowrun - $9.99 / £7.49 (50% off)
  • Section 8 - $49.99 / £29.99
  • Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights - $19.99 / £14.99
  • Tinker - Free