Windows 8 integrates Xbox games like Pinball FX2

One of the big selling points of Windows 8 is the integration between the operating system and Xbox Live. With “Games for Windows Live” never really taking off, Microsoft is taking another swing by linking their desktop and tablet OS with the gaming system in hopes of increasing their market penetration.

Zen Studios announced that they are taking part in this new program by releasing Pinball FX2 as a free download for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview that was released today. Currently the only table available is Sorcerer’s Lair, but the company plans to port all of their tables to Windows 8. It’s unclear whether users who have already purchased these tables on Xbox Live will continue to receive them for free or not.

Pinball FX2 took the crown as the most downloaded game on Xbox Live Arcade in 2011. Zen Studios publisehd the following press release earlier today.

San Francisco, CA – February 29, 2012 – Zen Studios, the definitive leader in videogame pinball, today announced that Pinball FX2has released as part of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, and is now available as a free download for all users. Included in the free platform download is Sorcerer’s Lair, one of Zen’s most popular tables to date.

Zen Studios plans to bring its library of amazing pinball content to Pinball FX2 on the Windows 8 platform, and will continue to evolve the pinball platform with new features and the innovative social connectivity that propelled Pinball FX2 to be the #1 downloaded game on Xbox LIVE® Arcade in 2011.

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where is the pinball fx2 games exe file. I am trying to make a shortcut to the games exe in steam, but i cant seem to find it.

I like the game app and it shows the info about the GFW games I have but there appears to be no way to redownload them.

Lack of free high quality **downloadable** casual games *IS* indeed a problem for desktop Windows platform. There are millions of Flash-based free games but you are out of luck if don't have internet access. Maybe Metro/WinRT will actually be an advantage here.

I am not sure how Microsoft is going to manage processes but when you run the Metro apps, the only way to exit it that I could find was to kill it in task manager. Hah, not that my rig with 16GB can't handle that background process but come on, if I want to exit the app. I do not want it to be in a suspended mode or just lurking in the background. On another note, Metro IE is so fail it is not funny, looks like a giant WP browser on a desktop. Using it at 2560x1600 just is plain horrible. The OS in whole is quicker than Windows 7 but I still only see being a hit on tablet or touch PC's. For a workstation setup, it is just a mess, and will take a lot of training in the enterprise to get employees to use Windows 8 efficiently which I doubt that will ever happen. There are just too many steps to get to places and power users will give it the one finger solute. Alt F4 is FTW for a quick restart, standby, or shutdown...

End rant.. =P

You're not supposed to close Metro apps. The OS does the managing for you. Apps such as Music can run in the background so that you can listen to music while doing something else. Games and apps that are not active are saved and suspended. Once suspended, they don't use any CPU and the RAM that's used are automatically released when necessary. There's zero penalty for the suspend apps.

Microsoft also allows you to *close* (not suspend or background) Metro apps by dragging the active app from the top edge with your mouse cursor down in motion, if you choose to close the app. When you reach the top edge, your mouse cursor turns into the picture of a hand to "grab".

If you've such a high resolution display, then wouldn't be better if you snap the Metro IE 10 on the left (or right) and have your desktop as the main window?

I agree shutdown/restart/sleep should be placed somewhere quicker such as in the user profile picture. But I always set my computer to sleep when the power button is pressed.

It takes me just 15 minutes to learn the ins and outs of Windows 8, but I understand certain people have different "learnability."

Mikee4fun said,
I am not sure how Microsoft is going to manage processes but when you run the Metro apps, the only way to exit it that I could find was to kill it in task manager. Hah, not that my rig with 16GB can't handle that background process but come on, if I want to exit the app. I do not want it to be in a suspended mode or just lurking in the background. On another note, Metro IE is so fail it is not funny, looks like a giant WP browser on a desktop. Using it at 2560x1600 just is plain horrible. The OS in whole is quicker than Windows 7 but I still only see being a hit on tablet or touch PC's. For a workstation setup, it is just a mess, and will take a lot of training in the enterprise to get employees to use Windows 8 efficiently which I doubt that will ever happen. There are just too many steps to get to places and power users will give it the one finger solute. Alt F4 is FTW for a quick restart, standby, or shutdown...

End rant.. =P

Grab the app at the top of the screen and drag it to the bottom.

Metro IE 10 looks horrible, I rather just use IE 10 from the desktop. But I agree, certain people have different "learnability", I have no issues using it at all, just extra tasks to perform which I rather not have to and I am sure others would agree. For rebooting another alternative is to just reboot via cmd script pinned to the desktop = shutdown /s /t 0 lol It is going to be an interesting ride...

GreyWolf said,

Grab the app at the top of the screen and drag it to the bottom.

Yes but it is counter intuitive. First time users are like, "How do I close/leave the app?". It's embarrassing as there is so much wasted space where an "X" could appear.

Mikee4fun said,
I am not sure how Microsoft is going to manage processes but when you run the Metro apps, the only way to exit it that I could find was to kill it in task manager. Hah, not that my rig with 16GB can't handle that background process but come on, if I want to exit the app. I do not want it to be in a suspended mode or just lurking in the background. On another note, Metro IE is so fail it is not funny, looks like a giant WP browser on a desktop. Using it at 2560x1600 just is plain horrible. The OS in whole is quicker than Windows 7 but I still only see being a hit on tablet or touch PC's. For a workstation setup, it is just a mess, and will take a lot of training in the enterprise to get employees to use Windows 8 efficiently which I doubt that will ever happen. There are just too many steps to get to places and power users will give it the one finger solute. Alt F4 is FTW for a quick restart, standby, or shutdown...

End rant.. =P

You move your mouse to top left of screen till preview bar appears then right click app preview and click "Close"

Mikee4fun said,
I am not sure how Microsoft is going to manage processes but when you run the Metro apps, the only way to exit it that I could find was to kill it in task manager. Hah, not that my rig with 16GB can't handle that background process but come on, if I want to exit the app. I do not want it to be in a suspended mode or just lurking in the background. On another note, Metro IE is so fail it is not funny, looks like a giant WP browser on a desktop. Using it at 2560x1600 just is plain horrible. The OS in whole is quicker than Windows 7 but I still only see being a hit on tablet or touch PC's. For a workstation setup, it is just a mess, and will take a lot of training in the enterprise to get employees to use Windows 8 efficiently which I doubt that will ever happen. There are just too many steps to get to places and power users will give it the one finger solute. Alt F4 is FTW for a quick restart, standby, or shutdown...

End rant.. =P


hit alt f4 to close an app. works great.