"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.