Dark Souls is ditching Games for Windows Live in favor of Steam next month

By Scorpus ยท 9 replies
Oct 21, 2014
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  1. Games for Windows Live (GFWL), Microsoft's much maligned PC gaming service, is dying a slow death. Several games have already made the jump from the sinking ship, with Bandai Namco's Dark Souls looking to do the same in November 2014.

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  2. Alpha Gamer

    Alpha Gamer TS Evangelist Posts: 354   +116

    Great news, the best game ever will ditch the worst DRM ever. I wonder how multiplayer will be handled, though. As DS has no servers and all multiplayer happened via p2p connections managed by GFWL.
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2014
  3. ddg4005

    ddg4005 TS Guru Posts: 384   +54

    Games for Windows Live is still up and running (I've reinstalled all of the titles that use it without issue). For some games you're still required to use GfWL even though they are now on Steam.
  4. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,269   +437

    Lets hope better than street fighter. When this game made the switch from GFWL to steam the mulitplayer has almost been unplayable with all the lag which was not there on GFWL.

    Its better now and still a work in progress but they had to spend months patching it.
  5. I really wish the likes of Steam, Origin and GFWL would all die a horrible, painful death. DRM in general actually. I really, REALLY don't like that I have to have a third party application just so I can play my games. Everyone sings praises upon Steam, but I just cant bring myself to like it. Always feels like I'm logging into the equivalent of Amazon (If it had a desktop application), what with them always punting some new deal in my face, so it just feels like its less about the games, and more about what else they can sell to you. I love playing games, just like the next person, but if I want to read up about new games, and new deals then I will come to sites like Techspot, at least that way it may turn out less biased. I don't know, maybe I'm just grumbling...
  6. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    Gotta tell ya man I've been PC gaming since the Voodoo days (Voodoo Banshee 16MB PCi FTW) and your sideways on this. Steam isn't some evil service charging you cash all the time, I pay ABSOLUTELY NOTHING... EVER.
    Only when I buy a game and when I do they are cheap as hell. Many of them are cloud based so I can continue my game on my HTPC and laptop if I want to. The Steam client is reliable, fast and user friendly and all my games are on this nice list I can pull up anytime. No looking through cereal sized boxes for a scratched installation disc or worrying about compatibility. I have everything from the original Unreal and Kingpin to Crysis and they all work and run flawlessly.

    Anyone remember Toms Clancy's Rainbow Six and mplayer.com? Yikes!
    And BTW I am an old school dirthound who loves a physical collection in my hands but Steam's issues have been 'steamed out' ; its one of the best gaming services I have ever used with deals/sales that make affording newer games much easier.
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  7. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,311   +434

    I avoided Steam for years. It's the way to go and I have no beefs with it at all
  8. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    There's no need to try to convince those who are adamantly against Steam to like Steam... there's something about the fundamental structure or design that they just don't like. I believe Steam performs almost exactly as intended so unless there is a major overhaul of the system those people will continue to dislike Steam. I used to be one of those guys several years ago. I came over and ended up falling madly in love with Steam and now I usually won't purchase something if it's not on Steam. Can't force someone to like something just because you or even most people like it.
  9. ddg4005

    ddg4005 TS Guru Posts: 384   +54

    It's not just you; I feel the same way. I've really come to respect and appreciate Good Old Games more and more these days.
  10. Chris Barry

    Chris Barry TS Rookie Posts: 20

    You my friend are NOT a gamer... Good day!

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