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Windows 8 Has A Lovely Surprise For Gamers

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"Major Nelson" has materialized out of the mist from whence he came, bringing with him a message of hope for all us PC-loving dinosaurs of yesteryear: Windows 8 will support Xbox Live. The feature is Microsoft's attempt to unify the Xbox 360 and PC gaming platforms, bringing the legions of Xbox fans together with PC enthusiasts: not to shake hands, revolve our differences, or anything like that; instead, we shall wage bloody battle across the cyberscape. I'm fairly certain that no such deep-seated rivalry exists, but it's always fun to manufacture a conflict.

The revelation is a welcome one for those, like myself, that find themselves forever attracted to the allure of keyboard and mouse controls. As I've mentioned before, my love of FPS games is undermined by that blasted game controller -- aiming with that thumbstick is absolutely interminable. I know many people who are highly proficient at it, but what those in the gaming realm call "total and utter ineptitude" prevents me from reaching the skill level of, say, my imaginary nephew.

I've been hoping for some time that Microsoft would integrate the two platforms, since most of my friends (with their ability to use analog sticks) prefer playing on their 360s. Now that Major Nelson & Co. have acceded to the demands of my kindred PC fans, I feel a hearty "thank you" is in order - and I'll take my "pretentious windbag" achievement in advance.

via majornelson.com

4 Comments

Shin Gallon said:

Bah. Playing FPS games with a controller is like trying to write with your feet: Just because you can do it doesn't mean that's how you're SUPPOSED to do it. FPS games originated on PC, mouse/keyboard is how they're meant to be played.
I can manage it, but it's not as intuitive for me as mouse aiming, thus the games aren't nearly as fun because I'm constantly having to argue with this thing that fights my thumb to return to neutral position. There's a reason FPS games for consoles have auto-aim assist >_>
That being said, the idea of integrating Xbox Live into Windows in intriguing, and if it means I can finally play Halo Reach properly, then I'm all for it.

Nexus said:

I disagree.
I find the 360 controller very intuitive for FPS games.
If anything, I find juggling the mouse and the keyboard at the same time to be far more off-putting.
I like having all the things I have to press close together.

SuperSwede said:

I grew up playing PC games (the amount of time i spent playing Unreal Tournament would bring shame to my family), so it's second nature to me. Never quite grasped the controller; i've just never been able to get the precision i want -- and bring a PC gamer, it's just not as intuitive to me.

LINCARD1000 said:

So does this possibly mean that some of the games that have been forever out of the reach of us PC dinosaurs (Halo3 etc etc) might actually now be playable? :-o

To be honest, I care little about the multiplayer aspect since I tend to like single-player campaigns, but even I can see that this is a GoodThingâ„¢.

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