Games that will no longer be available for digital purchase in 3 days:
Battle vs. Chess - Not purchasable on Steam, Publisher is essentially defunct
CarneyVale: Showtime - Independent title
Crash Time 4: The Syndicate - Other series installments are on Steam
Game Room - Many constituent titles are available sans-GFWL
Gears of War for Windows
Halo 2 for Windows Vista
Hour of Victory
Quantum of Solace - Game no longer for sale on Steam
Shadowrun - Servers are no longer running for this, right?
Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights
Legend of the Galactic Heroes
Mahjong Wisdom -- MS has a free Mahjong game on W8, "replacement"?
Rugby League Live
Tinker - Free, download right now if you ever want to play
Viva Piñata for Windows
Where’s Waldo? The Fantastic Journey
Games whose online facilities and achievements will die July 1, 2014--some of these may no longer be able to be activated at this point and thus will be DEAD DEAD:
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon – Enhanced Edition
Blacklight: Tango Down
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition
Dead Rising 2
Dead Rising 2: Off the Record
FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage
Grand Theft Auto IV
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men
Lost Planet 2
Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection
Ms. Splosion Man
Operation Flashpoint: Red River
Red Faction: Guerrilla
Resident Evil 5
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
Section 8: Prejudice
Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Republic Heroes
Street Fighter IV
Street Fighter X Tekken
Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition
Universe at War: Earth Assault
Virtua Tennis 4
This IS something that's kind of a gamble when you think about it: games like Batman and Bioshock 2 show signs of it getting patched out eventually, so this may be what pushes many games to abandon it and go full Steamworks or whatever and thus be smoother experiences. But if a developer does nothing, yeah, this could be essentially killing games, it's why I went ahead and bought Bulletstorm on 360 despite having it on PC because it seemed there was a high chance either the service would die or at least give me problems, and $5 isn't much for peace of mind.
Ironic that I still have to depend on Microsoft services, but I'm more confident XBL360 will stick around, and perhaps the freedom to play offline indefinitely.
They had the chance to be the most viable competition to Steam but greed, ignorance and a unwillingness to take notice of how different the PC market is from the console market doomed them. They will never learn.
Yeah I'm not really understanding that either. I guess the fear that some odd title just might be crazy enough to include GFWL these days outweights all the existing titles that are getting fucked over.
$15 per Civ, $5+ booster mission packs, $100 launch bundle that they took more than a year to fulfill. Added cosmetic micro-transactions later on, etc etc.
I liked the game (I even bought 2 of the civ packs for like $10 each) but they had no fucking clue of what they were doing. Same deal with Flight. Both stopped receiving support ages ago, so its no surprise.
1) No one has provided actual competition to Steam, so nothing is being lost in terms of "competition."
2) On Steam (or any distribution platform) games compete with each other as well. Competition between platforms is secondary and not necessary to keep prices down.
3) Amazon does a decent job of competing with Steam and does so without forcing a bullshit client onto our PCs that offers no useful features other than to force us to create accounts and add extra clicks to the process of launching our games.
*plays dead space 3* *pc crashes*
Why is my steam account worth over $2000 (prob only spent a few hundred thank you bundles) when i cant even run a game because of integrated graphics. WHY DO I KEEP BUYING