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I was just reading Gaf, and I came upon a a poster claiming that  PC gaming was part of the MS ecosystem because of Windows. I used to think that way too, but with Steam and FACEBOOK doing their own thing, I don't see what PC gaming has anything to do with MS anymore. 

So what you guys think. 



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11/20/09 04:25 makingmusic476 Warning Other (Your avatar is borderline NSFW. Please keep it for as long as possible.)
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Not sure I understand the question. Windows is very much associated with PC gaming, and is obviously owned by MS.

Well Microsoft does produce a lot of PC games, like Age of Empires, Mechwarrior and Microsoft Flight, and they do have Games for Windows Live exclusive to several games like the Arkham Asylum/City series so you have to use it just to play them (even if you buy them on Steam). Obviously the entirety of PC gaming is not part of the MS ecosystem, but they are still reasonably large players.

VGhippy said:
Well Microsoft does produce a lot of PC games, like Age of Empires, Mechwarrior and Microsoft Flight, and they do have Games for Windows Live exclusive to several games like the Arkham Asylum/City series so you have to use it just to play them (even if you buy them on Steam). Obviously the entirety of PC gaming is not part of the MS ecosystem, but they are still reasonably large players.

Games for Windows is  really small part of PC gaming unless proven otherwise. Even Sony makes PC games.



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11/20/09 04:25 makingmusic476 Warning Other (Your avatar is borderline NSFW. Please keep it for as long as possible.)
well they make directx API. Even Xbox isn't that big of a part of the MS ecosystem, PC gaming even less. So to your question IDK.

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MS benefits from the PC gaming market as a whole, if for no other reason than that most people choose Windows for their gaming computers. And correct me if I'm wrong, but my impression is that a lot of games are PC-only. Yes, I know, it's possible to play PC games on a Mac, but it requires jumping through extra hoops that aren't an issue when you just get a PC, and naturally most people will just want to get into their games faster and with less hassle or additional purchases/downloads.

Yes. They allow even some of their 1st party games to be released on PC. Fable, Project Spark, IloMilo etc Also think about Windows Live and them launching it with Gears of War a X360 exclusive.

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Go look at the STEAM stats and tell me it has nothing to do with MS. How are all these PC gamers playing these games... Through windows of course.

Come on man! This is trying too hard.

No, not really IMO. Of course Windows is the OS most games are optimated for and all games use DX, but that's about it. MS blatantly ignores PC gaming. If anything, PC gaming is part of the Steam and Origin ecosystem. All MS really does is collecting royalties.



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Indirectly cause of the OS - Windows is still the king of Operating systems on PCs and it isnt just because of the fact its a gaming friendly OS but because its competitors are pretty much the same as how the GCN/Xbox was to the PS2 but far far far worse. Microsoft's too busy with the Xbox brand to even care about PC gaming.

Directly its Valve's Steam and other DD like Origin or DRM-free like GOG.