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Games for Windows Live 3.0 Released

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Microsoft has released a new stand-alone client for Games for Windows - Live, and is available for downloading here. Version 3.0 now provides custom in-game storefronts (think Rock Band), zero-day piracy protection for developers, and server side authentication, enabling gamers access to their games no matter what machine they use. The new client also provides "roaming saved games and settings."

"We will store your saved games and settings in the cloud so that, combined with the server-side authentication, means not only can you install and play anywhere, you can start a game at work and continue your saved game at home without having to worry about moving that saved game around," said Drew Johnson in this Q&A, the general product manager for the Live Engagement Team on Windows.

Currently Games for Windows - Live supports many PC titles including Street Fighter IV, Fallout 3, Fuel, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II, and more.

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    vaderseven , August 7, 2009 2:57 PM
    I like how this article implies we should play a game at work and home.

    >=]
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    imspecial , August 7, 2009 2:56 PM
    "You can start a game at work and continue your saved game at home without having to worry about moving that saved game around"

    Are they telling hard working people to drop what they are doing and play video games at work?

    I'm in
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    griffed88 , August 7, 2009 2:51 PM
    I'm actually pretty stoked about this. I've had to restart games soooo many times from having to reformat or installing a game on a new(better) computer. What ever happened to Steam Cloud though? Is that still happening or has it already happened and I just don't know how to use it?
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    hellwig , August 7, 2009 2:55 PM
    I agree it's a good idea and can't wait for Steam to roll-out a similar service (i.e. saving my games in the cloud for resuming on a different PC or after a re-installation). That said, I probably won't be using the Window-Live service. I didn't even know Microsoft already had such a service. Maybe its cause I don't use Vista? Dunno.
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    imspecial , August 7, 2009 2:56 PM
    "You can start a game at work and continue your saved game at home without having to worry about moving that saved game around"

    Are they telling hard working people to drop what they are doing and play video games at work?

    I'm in
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    vaderseven , August 7, 2009 2:57 PM
    I like how this article implies we should play a game at work and home.

    >=]
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    Anonymous , August 7, 2009 4:18 PM
    vadersevenI like how this article implies we should play a game at work and home.>=]


    I know right? You think MS sent a news letter to their own employees about this saying "Hey everyone! Remember to bring your games to work!!"
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    eklipz330 , August 7, 2009 4:31 PM
    hellwigI agree it's a good idea and can't wait for Steam to roll-out a similar service (i.e. saving my games in the cloud for resuming on a different PC or after a re-installation). That said, I probably won't be using the Window-Live service. I didn't even know Microsoft already had such a service. Maybe its cause I don't use Vista? Dunno.


    i think steam does have something similar for some games like left 4 dead... but if the save games work for all gfwl games, this is def a step in the right direction...go microsoft!
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    Gin Fushicho , August 7, 2009 5:28 PM
    I think this is hjsut away of Microsoft saying. "you HAVE to have the internet to play your games".
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    ColMirage , August 7, 2009 5:56 PM
    griffed88I'm actually pretty stoked about this. I've had to restart games soooo many times from having to reformat or installing a game on a new(better) computer. What ever happened to Steam Cloud though? Is that still happening or has it already happened and I just don't know how to use it?


    Steam does have Steam cloud, this is apparent in Left 4 Dead, but not really anywhere else AFAIK. They have yet to expand on it.
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    maigo , August 7, 2009 6:32 PM
    You mean M$ will have all my save games on their server? This is optional right? I don't want to hop online to load up FO3
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    fatedtodie , August 7, 2009 7:35 PM
    maigo your comment loses all meaning when you go stupid with the m$.
    Turn off the fanboi and handle things like you can atleast pretend to be an adult.
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    nukemaster , August 7, 2009 9:27 PM
    I think its a great Idea, Steam was looking into this for all games for a while, but they are taking forever.

    All the protection will kill it(far to many pirated games out there). Too bad, i will give it a go :) 

    Then again, i just shoved all my save games onto skydrive anyway...
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    grieve , August 7, 2009 9:34 PM
    fatedtodiemaigo your comment loses all meaning when you go stupid with the m$.Turn off the fanboi and handle things like you can atleast pretend to be an adult.

    I always use M$ instead of Microsoft its a lot quicker... this makes me stupid as well?
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    steiner666 , August 7, 2009 9:45 PM
    fuck GFWL.

    PCs =\= consoles, and don't need stupid additional interfaces, services, or restrictions on them. a better announcement would have been "Windows does away with noobish GFWL service".
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    Anonymous , August 8, 2009 1:12 AM
    Can't wait for those sites to experience a DDOS attack, and all gamers go like "what happened? Where's my game?"

    I think this way of using the internet is far from good,and the system got too many flaws in it!
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    Anonymous , August 8, 2009 1:17 AM
    If it's the same as Phantasy Star Universe, you'll have the game guard going online, checking/verifying your version, and enabling multiplayer access.
    For single player story level, you still have to go online for the verification.
    So I guess this is about the same...

    Oh,and, story level is only 30-60% of the game.
    You'll probably need to go online and play via MS server (which charges a monthly fee), in order to get the upgrades you can't get in story mode!
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    7amood , August 8, 2009 1:30 AM
    I sure hope this is optional... or I'de say bye bye to microsoft games coz they are so not worth all the trouble.
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    nukemaster , August 8, 2009 2:33 AM
    Quote:
    If it's the same as Phantasy Star Universe, you'll have the game guard going online, checking/verifying your version, and enabling multiplayer access.
    For single player story level, you still have to go online for the verification.
    So I guess this is about the same...

    GameGuard has nothing to do with MS and everything to do with Sega's choice. its was on the other Phantasy Star games as well. Many MMOs from countries on that side of the world use GG.

    Games i have played with it

    9Dragons
    Albatross18 - DEAD
    BOTS
    Cabal Online
    Exteel
    GunZ: The Duel - Yet this game is so packed with cheaters, was fun before that, lots of fun
    Lunia
    PSO PC, i think it had it too
    Phantasy Star Online Blue Burst
    Phantasy Star Universe - so many wasted hours
    Shot Online - Golf :0
    Trickster - Boarrrrriiiinngggg

    As you can see my friend drags me into many games.
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    anamaniac , August 8, 2009 7:17 AM
    gin FushichoI think this is hjsut away of Microsoft saying. "you HAVE to have the internet to play your games".


    Somewhat.
    Some games, a feature like that would piss me off...
    However, if it encourages more online play for most games, I'm somewhat in support.

    nukemasterGameGuard has nothing to do with MS and everything to do with Sega's choice. its was on the other Phantasy Star games as well. Many MMOs from countries on that side of the world use GG.Games i have played with it9DragonsAlbatross18 - DEADBOTSCabal OnlineExteelGunZ: The Duel - Yet this game is so packed with cheaters, was fun before that, lots of funLuniaPSO PC, i think it had it tooPhantasy Star Online Blue BurstPhantasy Star Universe - so many wasted hoursShot Online - Golf :0Trickster - BoarrrrriiiinnggggAs you can see my friend drags me into many games.


    GameGuard is an aweful anti hack system... last I checked it still doesn;t support Win7.
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    Regulas , August 8, 2009 12:56 PM
    @maigo "This is optional right? I don't want to hop online to load up FO3"

    As for Fallout 3 if you do not have any expansions yet buy the first two (on one disk) from your local software store $20. Once installed you do not need any disk in the drive or any internet connection to play FO3 again, thanks Bethesda. The internet thing for FO3 is from Microbloats GFWL.
    If you have downloaded from the GFWL site and M$ is making you now connect to the internet and use their F*cked up service to play FO3 just do a search of your HD for the hidden files you downloaded and payed for and copy the expansions to your FO3 Data Dir. Presto no need for GFWL to play a offline game.
    Again I say GFWL can take that DRM control freak of a so called service and shove it up their collective arses.
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