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Games for Windows Live 3.0 Released

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.

  • griffed88
    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
    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
    "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
    I like how this article implies we should play a game at work and home.

    >=]
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  • Regulas
    MS can take their GFWL and stick it where the sun don't shine.
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  • 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
    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
    I think this is hjsut away of Microsoft saying. "you HAVE to have the internet to play your games".
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  • ColMirage
    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
    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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