Microsoft launches Games on Demand

As reported on Kotaku, Microsoft has officially launched their latest effort to deliver PC games directly to users via the Internet. After creating a Gamertag and downloading the Games for Windows – LIVE software, you will have instant access to many popular titles.

These are the games which are currently featured:

1. Shadowrun
2. Viva Piñata
3. Battlestations: Pacific
4. DiRT 2
5. Fallout 3
6. Red Faction: Guerilla
7. Resident Evil 5
8. Street Fighter IV

NOTE: For a limited time, Shadowrun and Viva Piñata are on sale for 50% off.

Other titles, such as Section 8 and Hot Import Nights, are said to be available as well. As the program picks up more "steam" there are sure to be plenty more popular titles thrown into the mix. Halo 1 and 2 seem like obvious assumptions. It will be interesting to see if this changes the landscape of online video game delivery... most likely not.

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I'm sure it'll be a while before they can catch up with Steam. Steam has been so good (with the Friends feature, invite and all)

Hmm it require credit card info to download Tinker though Games On Demand although it said free version.How come?

lflashl said,
ill never give microsoft my cedit card details over trying to get them off xbox live!


I'm pretty sure you can just log in to xbox.com and delete your card details.

Also you can click on the 'use microsoft points' button, that way no need for credit card details.

Shayla said,
Hmm it require credit card info to download Tinker though Games On Demand although it said free version.How come?

Just select "Microsoft Points" instead of "Credit Card." It's towards the top, it took me a while to find it too. It actually didn't work when I tried to complete the purchase on the credit card page. I had to switch over to points, then click purchase.

I cannot get Tinker. It keeps saying error transaction cannot be completed or some BS. It got my profile fine, has my points from my account etc, so it is just not working downloading Tinker. Everything else is fine.

Ok so now we have yet another online distribution for games that seems to offer nothing new. We don't need online delivery of games, most computers have optical drives these days and CD/DVD remains the best distribution method for games.

"Steam exclusive" games are severely limiting their potential sales.

C_Guy said,
Ok so now we have yet another online distribution for games that seems to offer nothing new. We don't need online delivery of games, most computers have optical drives these days and CD/DVD remains the best distribution method for games.

"Steam exclusive" games are severely limiting their potential sales.

Well i'll go the other way - I really like the digital distribution model and steam works really well for me - I like steam cloud, the autopatching, the preloading etc

It's called choice C-Guy, and thank god we have it and you're not in charge. I buy all my pc games almost exclusively via Steam and other DD methods.

Does anyone know if this lets you install games where YOU want them to go? That's the one thing about Steam that REALLY annoys the hell out of me...

FloatingFatMan said,
Does anyone know if this lets you install games where YOU want them to go? That's the one thing about Steam that REALLY annoys the hell out of me...

You can - sort of - for example i've got steam on it's own partition which means it's data dir is also there. I get what you're saying though but this is enough for me.

FloatingFatMan said,
Does anyone know if this lets you install games where YOU want them to go? That's the one thing about Steam that REALLY annoys the hell out of me...

Just use an NTFS junction point to move the game folder wherever you want. Problem solved.

And what if I want some games on one drive, and some games on another, hmm? I have 3 HD's in my system, with 5 partitions in total. My Steam dedicated one is getting kinda full these days so I need to start putting Steam games on another partition.

FloatingFatMan said,
And what if I want some games on one drive, and some games on another, hmm? I have 3 HD's in my system, with 5 partitions in total. My Steam dedicated one is getting kinda full these days so I need to start putting Steam games on another partition.

As I said, an NTFS Junction point will let you move the folder containing your game anywhere you want on any hard disk.

You move the folder, then put a junction in the location it used to occupy. Steam wont know the difference.

Not bad, prices are similar which is expected with publishers having the final say. It will be interesting to see if they can increase the library quickly. One plus and a negative is that they must all be Games For Windows Live titles whereas Steam just sells whatever the publisher uses. Good and bad in the end.

I would like to see a name change to something shorter and a new makeover. It might not actually be half bad if they get the DRM right and a decent library compared to Steam. Hope they follow Steams way of having good sales, keeps the service thriving.

I wonder if you can stil install mods for games (Fallout 3) when games are downloaded through this.

Sheesh, why can't anyone make a digital distribution service where you pay and they give you an .iso and a CDKey. That would rock.

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