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Microsoft planning discontinuation of Games for Windows Live service

Microsoft planning discontinuation of Games for Windows Live service

On top of shutting down the Marketplace for its Games for Windows platform, it appears Microsoft plans on discontinuing the Live service entirely. Although Microsoft promised the "service will continue to operate as usual," a since deleted Xbox support update mentions a specific shutdown date for the service.

Read more: Microsoft's backtracking »

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Games for Windows Marketplace closing next week

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Games for Windows Marketplace closing next week

Games for Windows Live is pretty much dead. While support for Microsoft's PC gaming service has waned over the years, the company has announced that it will no longer be possible to purchase games off the service.

On August 22, the PC Marketplace on will stop selling Games for Windows titles. As Microsoft points out, first-party games published by Microsoft "are no longer available for purchase from any marketplace." However, third-party games may be distributed on other services.

Read more: Microsoft plans to 'continue' support for GFWL »

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Steam vet aims to make 'Windows a great platform for gaming'

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Steam vet aims to make 'Windows a great platform for gaming'

With Xbox One on the horizon, it seemed as though Microsoft had given up the hardcore PC games market. Perhaps yet another 180 is in order, as Microsoft's latest hire suggests a renewed interest in PC games.

Jason Holtman has joined Microsoft. His goal is to focus "on making Windows a great platform for gaming and interactive entertainment." But who is he? Oh, he helped spearhead Steam.

Read more: Publishers abandoning Games for Windows »

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Games for Windows gets free Microsoft Points promotion

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Microsoft is adding a little extra incentive to the Games for Windows marketplace, with an offer of free Microsoft Points for purchases. From today through August 1, purchases from the Games for Windows marketplace will net you an e-mail code for 400 MSP (or $5 in human money).

READ MORE: The fine print »

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Video Game Sale Round-Up Refresh

Although we've covered the various PC game sales from most of your favorite digital distribution platforms, we thought this morning we would refresh your memory. If you missed our original coverage of the big deals or you forgot about where you wanted to spend your money, pay attention.

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Report: Microsoft to Focus on Gaming with Windows 8

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According to a report by TechRadar, Microsoft could be eying gaming as a big focus for the forthcoming Windows 8. TechRadar claims that "the software giant [is] ready to put its weight behind the platform once more."

Microsoft has also hired Rahul Sood, who came over from Hewlett-Packard and Voodoo PC and is also the guy that blogged that Microsoft scrapped plans for PC and Xbox 360 cross-platform multiplayer because "the console players got destroyed every time" sparking Internet arguments about controllers versus mouse & keyboard. Read more »

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Games for Windows 'Horror for the Holidays' Sale Discounts Dead Rising 2, FEAR 2 and More

If you hear the faint noise of someone or something screaming, it's probably your wallet reacting to the plethora of digital sales on offer this holiday season.

Like Steam and Direct2Drive, Microsoft's Games for Windows Marketplace has discounted a handful of titles. The theme for the GFW sale is "Horror for the Holidays," which discounts a selection of games featuring zombies, mutants, and vampires. Although it isn't as festive a sale as you would expect, it's much better than the sale we heard Microsoft was going to have. Let's just say, the name of the deal was about the same except you'd have a chance to buy Leisure Suit Larry games for dirt cheap. Read more »

"No doubt about that. I'm just saying the others aren't bad either, easpecially when they have ..."
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S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl is Today's 99 Cent Games for Windows Live Offering

One of my favorite PC games could make its way to your gaming collection, if you're willing to part with a crisp George Washington. As today's Games for Windows "Daily Deal," the GSC Game World-developed shooter S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl is available for 99 cents (or 80MS Points).

If you're planning on picking the game up--or own it and haven't fired it up in a while--make sure to download the "Complete" mod, which adds a slew of enhancements to the game. The latest S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Complete 2009 mod kit is available right now, for free, on FileShack. Read more »

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Shack PSA: World of Goo 75% Off; New 99 Cent Title on Games for Windows Everyday Until Dec. 8

While we've already let you know that the Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition is available on the Games for Windows Marketplace today for 99 cents, Microsoft has more deals planned for the next seven days.

Starting today and running until December 8, a new 99 cent game will be featured everyday on the Games for Windows store, Microsoft announced in a press release. Additionally--also running until December 8--gamers can purchase a copy of World of Goo for $4.99 (75% off), as part of the site's "Deal of the Week" promotion. As an added bonus for purchasing the fantastic title, players can unlock Achievements for their Xbox Live/GFW account--presumably to show off their goo-management prowess. Read more »

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Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition Priced at 99 Cents Today on Games for Windows

Today, the Games for Windows Marketplace is offering the classic first-person shooter, role-playing game Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition for less than the price of a cup of coffee. Unless you love really terrible coffee.

For only 99 cents (or 80MS Points) you can join the rest of the hardcore, cult fans of the Deus Ex series. Is Microsoft a little late to push a game that launched for PC in 2000? Before we answer that, consider this: Read more »

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Revamped Games for Windows Marketplace Launches

Microsoft's revamped Games for Windows Marketplace has launched, giving the PC games digital distribution service a new lick of paint and a brower-based store.

To celebrate the launch, Microsoft is running a week of daily deals on select games. Today's offer is a 50% discount on Borderlands, bringing it down to $9.99. Read more »

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Microsoft Announces Web-Based Games Marketplace for PC Games

Currently, Microsoft sells digital PC titles through its Games for Windows Live client, but that will change on November 15 when the company rolls out its new web-based Games for Windows Marketplace.

"With Games for Windows Marketplace, we set out to create a digital store built for PC gamers end-to-end," said Kevin Unangst, senior global director, PC and Mobile Gaming, at Microsoft. "And by integrating with our existing Xbox LIVE and Windows Live services, we've made it easier than ever for millions of gamers to see for themselves how easy buying PC games can be." Read more »

"If a game isn't using Steam I don't have to have Steam open either. What do you mean?"
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Shack PSA: Weekend PC Deals on All Serious Sam, Garry's Mod and More

A new weekend means a new round of deals and discounts on digitally-distributed PC games, which we have perused, parsed and presented for your purchasing pleasure.

Top treats this weekend include the weird and wonderful Source Engine sandbox Garry's Mod for $4.99, reduced to celebrate its Mac launch, as well as bargains on all things Serious Sam and a bargain $6 bundle of the X-COM series. Read more »

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MS Affirms Games For Windows Commitment, Describes Windows as 'First-class Gaming Platform'

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Following the departure of Games for Windows Live manager Chris Early in the latest round of Microsoft cuts, the company has stressed its commitment to the service.

In a statement to Kotaku, Microsoft said:

Moving ahead, Microsoft will continue to invest in Windows as a first-class gaming platform through great Windows out of box experiences, our online gaming services including Games for Windows - LIVE, MSN Games, and Messenger games, and through new games for Windows developed by Microsoft Games Studios.
Read more »

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Microsoft Axes Games for Windows Live Head

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Games for Windows Live general manager Chris Early was among the 1,400 Microsoft eliminated last week, reputable journalist Dean Takahashi reports via VentureBeat.

The effect that Early's departure will have on the service is not known. In addition to free online multiplayer, Games for Windows Live offers video and demo downloads, and will debut its first premium-priced downloadble content tomorrow via Fallout 3. Read more »

"not gonna happen; Microsoft could probably still literally litigate Valve into the stone age."
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