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[News] Vista 7 a No-go Area to Gamers, One of Windows' Former Strengths

  • Subject: [News] Vista 7 a No-go Area to Gamers, One of Windows' Former Strengths
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2009 22:46:07 +0100
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The Sorry State of Windows 7 Gaming

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| As for gaming, however, Windows 7's release 
| feels almost funereal. Read the reviews and 
| you'll learn all about the streamlined taskbar, 
| the smarter security system that leaves you 
| alone, the slick new touch-based input 
| features, and the friendlier approach to media-
| hub device management.
| What about gaming? Notwithstanding the handful 
| of enthusiast sites no one in the mainstream 
| follows trotting out reams of technical 
| benchmarks spread across dozens of pages, the 
| critics either aren't talking, or aren't 
| bothering.
| Neither, it seems, is Microsoft.
| The company launched its Games for Windows 
| certification and branding initiative in late 
| 2006. The push was Microsoft's "contract with 
| gamers," designed to validate PC gaming--with 
| its broader international install base than all 
| of console gaming combined--as the definitive 
| platform for the medium. What it meant then--as 
| now--was that GFW-branded games would "undergo 
| extensive testing" to stamp out bugs, would be 
| compatible with 32- and 64-bit versions of XP 
| and Vista (and now, Windows 7), would support 
| family-friendly parental controls, and 
| finally--the most vague "guarantee"--the games 
| would be "easy to play," meaning they'd show up 
| in Vista and Windows 7's one-stop "Games 
| Explorer." The initiative culminated in just 
| seven games by the end of 2006, though it 
| included majors like Company of Heroes and 
| Microsoft Flight Simulator X. Embryonic, in 
| other words, but promising.
| [...]
| I use Windows for one thing: Gaming. When I'm 
| not gaming, my bleeding-tech-laden desktop 
| rests quietly beneath a wooden table, powered 
| off as opposed to hibernating or sleeping. 
| Without Windows games, no reason for me to use 
| Windows at all.


Days ago:

Windows 7: What Happened to Gaming?

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| The problem I have with Windows 7, though, isn't its 
| failure to vastly improve the gaming experience, it's 
| Microsoft's failure to take advantage of the 
| attention brought by the launch of a new operating 
| system to once more thrust PC gaming into the 
| spotlight.
| [...]
| If Microsoft want its PC gaming platform to thrive 
| they will need to do more than offer lip service in 
| the future. But with the lasting success of the 
| gaming console and PC gamers' ability to seemingly 
| put up with anything, why should they?
| Microsoft declined to comment for this article.

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