The steaming pile of crap that is "Games for Windows Live" has just reared its ugly head today, the day of the public release Age of Empires Online game. You happily click the "Download" button on the home site of the game. After going through the whole download, setup, and patch procedure, you finally press the "Play" button. And omg, the dreaded GFW Live client opens up and asks me for the game's product key. Say what? And not only that, it said that I couldn't sign into the GFW client because of an error. So I copy the error code (code: 8015403A) into my google search box and it says I need to agree to an update of the Xbox ToS. Excuse me? I don't even have an Xbox. But I sign in with my GFW account information from the browser (it's the only way that it will let me sign in) and click on the "Agree" button for the ToS. So far so good. Then I try to follow the AoEO support forum on how to find the product key, but no love there.
I won't go into more detail, it's not necessary. The point to this little tirade is this: what is the problem with all the shitty software out there today where developers cannot even handle some of the most basic issues with their users signing in and having everything go smooth without all the stupid bullshit? Why do developers seem to almost enjoy making their software very difficult to navigate, setup, and use? Thank God software developers don't design our cars or we'd all be in serious trouble. Software developers would make it so that we'd have to cut a hole in our floorboard, and then another one in our transmission box just so we could manually change the gears in there.
Crapware really gets my blood boiling these days. There's just absolutely NO reason or justification for shitty software anywhere in any form any more. Aaaarrrgghh!