Having rage-thrown my controller for the second time in as many nights - it's something of a rite of passage among gamers - yet finally defeated that f**king butterfly, it goes without saying Dark Souls has been occupying a rather sizable chunk of my free time. With recent news that the game is set for a PC release in the form of the Prepare to Die Edition, there was much rejoicing amongst enthusiasts, as well as curiosity as to when the game would see the light of day. Sadly, the game is a few months off, with a confirmed release date of August 24th. Further, there was a particularly bitter morsel of news for some of my fellow gamers. While many undoubtedly hoped (or simply expected) that Namco-Bandai would use Steam for DRM, the cover art for Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition suggests that it will supported by Games For Windows Live.
Having in upwards of "no experience whatsoever" with the service, I can't offer any kind of personal response to the revelation. Nonetheless, reactions seem to be overwhelmingly negative, with descriptions of GFWL ranging from "unpopular" to "load of sh*t," with an extra helping of "Whhhhhhhy?" thrown in for good measure. While one wonders whether the game will also get a Steam release (if only subsequently), the news has generated a decent amount of controversy, going to far as to inspire a petition. Its content states that GFWL is "unpopular, difficult to use, inconvenient, has terrible online support (a key feature in Dark Souls), and is downright unpleasant." The author describes the decision as a "slap in the face," and while thanking Namco-Bandai for their work on the PC port, urges the company to either reconsider using the service, or have a parallel release over Steam.
With that, I defer to you, wise and gentle reader, to enlighten your humble and obedient servant. Is Games for Windows live a buggy, hopeless mess, or is this all so much needless fuss? Sound off in the comments section below!