Microsoft's Game Room launches, shakes off a few bugs

By on March 24, 2010, 2:02 PM
Available as a free download via Xbox Live and Games for Windows Live, Microsoft has rolled out its Game Room virtual arcade -- but not without some issues. The service was revealed at CES in January and launched this morning with around 30 classic arcade and console games (full list after the break), but it could eventually host 1,000 or more.

The games are purchasable with Microsoft points, and come in a couple different flavors. For 240 Microsoft Points (or $3) you can buy the titles solely for the Xbox 360 or PC, and 400 MS Points ($5) gets you a copy for both platforms. There is also a single-credit play option for 40 MS Points ($0.50), along with free timed demos.

Unfortunately, today's release wasn't a smooth one, with gamers complaining that they were unable to enter the online arcade. The Xbox 360 edition reportedly froze during loading, and some folks couldn't get the PC version to install at all. An Xbox Live worker quickly noted that the problem was being addressed, and later said it was fixed.
Arcade Games
Asteroids Deluxe (Atari)
Battlantis (Konami)
Centipede (Atari)
Crystal Castles (Atari)
Finalizer (Konami)
Gravitar (Atari)
Jungler (Konami)
Lunar Lander (Atari)
Red Baron (Atari)
Road Fighter (Atari)
Scramble (Konami)
Shao-lin's Road (Konami)
Super Cobra (Konami)
Tempest (Atari)
Tutkanham (Konami)

Intellivision Games
Armor Battle
Mountain Madness Super Pro Skiing
Sea Battle
Space Armada
Space Hawk
Sub Hunt

Atari 2600 Games
RealSports Tennis
Star Raiders
Yars' Revenge

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Ididmyc600 Ididmyc600, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

its still got bugs, it wont let me play anything and its not exactly easy to navigate, see the games or understand what your supposed to do when your in their.

Like all MS its badly thought out and crap

Guest said:

while the loadings fixed, it is hard to navigate and is very complex when it doesnt need to be.

natefalk natefalk said:

Why can't they just make it free... if they did I would definately buy an Xbox and I'd bet there would be a few other people that would do the same.

Timonius Timonius said:

Again, FAIL, for the use of points system.

tengeta tengeta said:

Can't wait for the PS3 fanboys to come and talk about something just as lame as this thats 100% cooler because its Sony implemented.

Its not a war anymore, they all suck.

gobbybobby said:

Can Xbox and PC Players play and meet each other in this? I take it is is like PS home.

isamuelson isamuelson said:

Hmm. I can get a lot of those with the Atari collection. Oh, in fact I already have via Steam and I got it for less than $4 during their holiday sales.

TorturedChaos, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Doesn't sound very impressive, and I hate stupid token/point systems. Although to be fair, the PS Home thing isn't very impressive either.

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