Games For Windows Dead, Consumed By Xbox.com

Brad Chacos

Oh, Microsoft, why have you abandoned PC gamers? Don't get us wrong, Age of Empires Online looks awesome, but the company's almost complete lack of PC gaming news at this year's E3 left a bitter taste in our mouths, and Microsoft's been conspicuously silent on the PC front ever since – until now. Lower your heads and mourn, PC gamers. The continuously half-baked Games for Windows disappears on July 11th, swallowed by the all-consuming console-centric blob that is the Xbox brand.

While many gamers might just shrug and go back to the free Team Fortress 2 action on Steam, ditching Games for Windows is sure to irritate PC fanatics who hate the encroaching tentacles of Xbox Live. On its end, Microsoft's Games for Windows website says "Games for Windows Marketplace will fully transition over to Xbox.com. Now you can get all of your gaming needs in one place. It’s convenient, it’s concentrated, and it’s a whole lot of great games." We're all for convenience, but we can't help but wonder when Microsoft will stop trying to shoehorn PC gamers and console gamers into the same "One size fits all" box.

The July 11th transition date comes courtesy of a Microsoft clarification to Eurogamer . "All account information will remain the same and community members can still take advantage of their Xbox Live profile in their Windows games and stay connected to friends who are playing on the PC," Microsoft told the website.

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