GFW Mag lambastes Microsoft about Live
ouch. That magazine has proved once and for all that they have complete editorial independence. Let's hope they stay afloat. Check out this quote:
GFW: Is this the first announcement in Microsoft history that hasn't included a single third-party publisher?
Peter Moore: Well, I think we've probably made some other announcements that don't involve third-parties...as we've told all of the other third-parties, and I've been instrumental in this with third-party publishers, the complexity of what we're proposing to do with Games for Windows Live is something that my studios and Microsoft Game Studios are focused on first, learning some of the challenges, learning some of the obstacles to successful deployment of the service. We do have third-parties that are ready, standing by, but it's very much a first-party initiative first, and then third-parties will follow.
GFW: So you're saying that some third-party support is lined up?
PM: Not that I can announce.
So GFW Live! launches with Halo 2 and Shadowrun, and nothing else. What PC gamer in their right mind would buy into that? This means that both those games effectively cost $100, if you want to play online, and I don't see the point in purchasing either game if you don't.
Awful lot of tap dancing going on in that interview. Shawn brought a tear to my eye when he mentioned Live Certification. I like Microsoft's stance of "We adding choices." Yes, you can pay for voice comms and online play, or you can get it for free.
Live!, for Windows and even the 360, is looking like a rip-off more and more each day.