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05 May 2012 @ 03:24 pm
Fuck you Microsoft  
My car is in the shop for a minor service and fixing a couple small things and i need to pick it up in about an hour, so instead of loading Mass Effect i decided to try out Toy Soldiers, which i just recently purchased from Steam.

Well it turns out that Toy Soldiers is a Games For Windows Live game, meaning i need to install Windows Live and sign up through it. I would have seriously reconsidered purchasing the game if i'd realized that ahead of time, but since i'd already paid for it i decided to go ahead.

So i start up the game, i asks me to create a profile and sign in, i do, and it tells me that there's an update for Windows Live available, and if i don't install it now it will log me out of Windows Live. I try telling it i'll install it later but that logs my out and then Toy Soldiers insists i need to log in again before it will let me do anything. So i say okay, install it. And it says "please save your progress and exit the game." Except i can't exit the game because the game insists i have to log into Windows Live before i get to the main menu! I went through about three rounds of "You need to sign in," "Okay i'll sign in," "You need to install the update," "Okay i'll install the update," "You need to exit the game," "Okay i'll exit the game," "You need to sign in,"... before giving up.

Obviously i was able to get around it by shift-tabbing and killing the window, but that's pretty shoddy programming Microsoft! And it's certainly not giving me a very favorable first impression of Games For Windows Live! =P
 
 
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Beth Leonardbeth_leonard on May 7th, 2012 04:36 am (UTC)
Not only that, but in future versions of the OS, they'll make you pay to play DVD's and BluRay disks on your computer.

--Beth
Kirinkirinn on May 7th, 2012 08:37 pm (UTC)
Bwah...? *reads article* Ah. Wacky. As a practical matter, I'm sure 3rd-party players will be readily available, legitimately for just over the licensing fees, and less so for free. But man, the current media industry business model sure is going kicking and screaming into that good night...
DonAithnendonaithnen on May 8th, 2012 03:04 pm (UTC)
I would kind of find that reasonable if they were actually taking the cost of the license out of the final price for Windows 8, but i really doubt they're going to do that.