My column this week is about the Windows 10 Store. Sort of. I guess it’s really about trust of a company that’s has done – and continues to do – a lot of harm to PC gaming.
This comment at the Escapist is worth reading. It puts an asterisk on several of the points I made in my column. I’m not really inclined to take anything Microsoft says at face value, but the points are there for the curious.
I remember a lot of teeth-grinding frustrations with GFWL that never made it into blog posts or columns. At the time I thought, “Bah, nobody wants to read more GFWL ranting. I should pace myself.” Now I genuinely wish I’d posted them for purely historical purposes. I always link to the same two anecdotes, and I don’t want people to walk away with the impression that I just had two bad experiences with GFWL. These are the tip of the iceberg, not the full story.
And it’s not like GFWL went away:
"Yeah our platform is broken and we know it and there's no fix."
These guys want to sell shit on the Win 10 store? pic.twitter.com/RCrO8u3olf
— Shamus Young (@shamusyoung) March 20, 2016
It looks like Quantum Break is the first game to be leveraged as a Win 10 store exclusive on the PC. That’s ominous. Someday they might do this to a game I care about.
Let's ruin everyone's fun by listing all the ways in which zombies can't work, couldn't happen, and don't make sense.
Blistering Stupidity of Fallout 3
Yeah, this game is a classic. But the story is idiotic, incoherent, thematically confused, and patronizing.
Project Button Masher
I teach myself music composition by imitating the style of various videogame soundtracks. How did it turn out? Listen for yourself.
Silent Hill Turbo HD II
I was trying to make fun of how Silent Hill had lost its way but I ended up making fun of fighting games. Whatever.
How to Forum
Dear people of the internet: Please stop doing these horrible idiotic things when you talk to each other.