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#1 Ultimate John

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 02:08 PM

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Jason Holtman, who spent eight years of his life for making Valve's Steam digital distribution platform great, is now working at Microsoft for making PC gaming better.

 

Valve is distancing itself from Windows, making efforts to build for Mac and Linux, drawing up blueprints for its own Steam Box game console, and launching the cross-platform Steamworks SDK to provide Games for Windows Live-like features (like online matchmaking and license key activation) without the need for Microsoft. Just today, the publishers of Batman: Arkham Origins and Ultra Street Fighter IV announced they were dropping Games for Windows Live in favor of the Valve alternative.

 

Source: Gamesindustry



#2 FalseAgent

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 03:51 PM

Dear Microsoft, fixing PC gaming is as easy as this (EA could fix Origin and Ubisoft could fix UPlay with this same methodology):

 

Step 1: Replace Xbox with Steam.



#3 Darren 54

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 04:42 PM

Step 1: Replace Xbox with Steam.

 

Even Microsoft's own strategy game Age Of Empires Online is available on Steam only. Go to Windows Store and find Age Of Empires Online. Clicking on "Get the app" will take you to AOE's website. Click on the download link on that page and you will be taken straight to Steam. :D



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