You know, I've been around the online game world for quite some time. I've seen my fair share of both fun and boring online games. Some with good service and some with bad (more on that later). But right now, with only about a month or so left, it's time for us to say goodbye to one of those...and thank goodness!
I'm sure you know what GFW stands for, so I'll leave it as an acronym. But for those who don't know what GFW stands for, it's really simple. It stands for Games for Windows. What is it? It's another online service provided by Microsoft. To put it in lament's terms, it's essentially a Windows version of Xbox Live.
I'm actually happy to hear that this service is going to be unplugged soon because this was a stupid idea to begin with. We already have plenty of online game services, and they're good. But where did GFW go so wrong? Hmm....well, let's see.
For starters, their DRM is terrible! From what little I know about GFW, the DRM wasn't executed very well. I've heard people had problems with the concept that you can only install a game a certain number of times (I know this is more frequent with SecuROM, more on that later) otherwise you'd have to call a specific number to either reset the key or get a new one (I'm not sure which. If someone can check on that, that would be great).
Another problem with GFW is that the connection can be cut unexpectedly (I personally didn't have too many problems with it, but that's only one person's opinion).
A third issue would be (Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition is a good example) is that you need two forms of online services. My question is why two? (That game uses both Steam and GFW). My point is that this game should NOT have both! In my opinion, I hope this game gets converted over to Steam.
I'm sure there's more, but this is just a start. With that said, let's say goodbye and good riddance to GFW and let Steam (and UPlay, and Origin, and ALL the other online services) live on!
Ken Kriho is an upcoming videographer. He has a YouTube channel (link at home page). Ken is also a graduate with a degree in Art from UWEC.