The latest 1UP Yours podcast features Epic Gameâ€™s Mark Rein and Tim Sweeny as they give their thoughts on Games for Windows Live (formerly known as Live Anywhere) and why theyâ€™re not big fans of it as of yet.
According to Sweeny, â€œThe key problem with the service right now is that any feature that Microsoft implements and charges for, the developer canâ€™t implement themselves. As a PC developer, weâ€™re used to having complete freedom and defining our feature setâ€”what we can give gamers and what they can do in our game. Thatâ€™s a big change, quite a huge change, for PC developers to now have features that we simply canâ€™t do.â€
Games for Windows Live is Microsoftâ€™s upcoming service that will allow gamers everywhere to utilize Xbox Live from a Windows Vista PC, Windows Mobile phones, and Java-enabled phones. Players will have many options including the abilities to keep track of friends, send/receive messages, purchase XBLA titles and earn extra achievements. Microsoft is also planning the introduction of cross-platform based titles, with the first title to make use of the feature being Microsoft Game Studioâ€™s Shadowrun.
Stay tuned to Advanced Media Network.