news\ Apr 16, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Fans start online petition against Dark Souls for Games for Windows Live


BioWare's lip service in the way of this summer's Mass Effect 3 DLC, said to bring "closure" to what many fans deem a dissatisfying ending, is having a ripple effect on the gaming community. Not everyone is happy about Namco Bandai's plans to bring Dark Souls to PC with new content — all because of Games for Windows Live.

Fans have started an Internet petition hoping to prevent the publisher from using the cumbersome service, instead encouraging a switch to a more responsive digital platform, such as Steam:

GFWL is unpopular, difficult to use, inconvenient, has terrible online support (a key feature in Dark Souls), and is downright unpleasant. After anxiously awaiting a PC release for this fantastic game it feels like a real slap in the face hearing Dark Souls will use Games for Windows Live. We recommend Valve's Steamworks in place, as this DRM is much easier to use, less intrusive, more reliable, and more accepted among PC gamers. Please reconsider the use of GFWL, or offer the game on both services. Thank you for taking the effort to port this game, but for a lot of customers it's Steam or no sale.

Over 19,000 people have signed the petition so far, and this development raises an interesting question: Are gamers disrespecting industry professionals by demanding certain features and rewritten narrative conclusions? Has the goodwill of developers and publishers to involve gamers and consider their input changed the terms of power and respect? In other words, are gamers treading where they don't belong?

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