Here's a quick one to dust off the cobwebs and purge my system of these poisonous humours.
While running Steam on Slackware I was always keenly aware of those "Not Available on Your Platform" dialogs, their barbs sinking deep into my envy gland. "I really should get me a Windows license." I thought - "The green pastures of carefree gaming over there on Windows will be mine. It will all Just Work, Seamlessly."
Games For Windows Live is an abortive PC gaming platform conceived by Microsoft to make Windows gaming more ... Xbox-y. Many games require it before allowing you to even play. Standard evil DRM. I mistakenly thought using Steam would limit me to one evil DRM platform.
As the GFWL Service no longer exists, this essentially requires you have an Xbox live account... and your games now complain if you haven't upgraded to "Gold" or whatever their "Fuck you, pay me" tier is called.
I've had a lot of fun with GFWL. Here's the sequence of events as I recall them.
Shite! To get my save games back I had to install this Definitely-not-dodgy Fallout 3 GFWL patch.
You remember PC Gaming, right? Any old crappy USB joypad works.
Well, not any more. There's an API called XInput which is designed to work exclusively with Xbox 360 compatible controllers. Yep, you all have to buy new controllers or, alternatively, get an advanced degree in DLL-fuckology.
But not every game is on board with this XInput bullshit. Want your expensive 360 sticks to work with games made before, say, 2006? Or ones that simply don't support Xinput? Tough shit.
This XInput / DirectInput thing is such a cluster fuck that there's a whole market of Game controllers with a switch to select which standard you need per-game
What's that? This rant belongs in 2007? Hey fuck you, I'm old. It takes me a long time to figure out the arbitrary anti-engineering decisions of fucked up commercial entities.
Mon, 30 May 2016 12:57
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