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Microsoft: House Party-like events for PC will come “eventually”

Tuesday, 22nd March 2011 16:34 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Microsoft exec Kevin Unangst has said that events like Summer of Arcade and the recent House Party for Xbox Live Arcade will eventually come to PC.

Unangst said in an interview with Gama that “good games come all year round, you can’t save every single good game just for the holiday. And so how do we find ways of making more people aware at different times of the year?

“And certainly those programs like that…we’re already starting to see that again on the phone, and eventually we’ll see something like that on the PC as well. That’s the other thing we haven’t talked about, I think, is that we’ve got a lot of really interesting and huge franchises.

“Things like Age of Empires that, you know, after us focusing on the console for a while, being able to bring in folks like Chris Taylor who works with Gas Powered Games, who just announced is coming over to add their collective talent to Age of Empires Online.”

Unangst added: “The PC’s a good bed for us as well. Bringing Fable III to the PC coming in May, adding NVIDIA’s 3D tech with that, working with them. But again, there’s one common denominator which is that Live service.”

He also threw up a couple of E3 teasers, saying that there’ll be “some other surprises I’m sure you’ll see and hear” come June in Los Angeles.

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  1. Ireland Michael

    “Hi, I’m Microsoft. I own the most popular operating system in the world, but I have absolutely no understanding of the demographic that uses it, so I’m just going to rip off everyone else in the hope that something eventually catches on!”

    God Microsoft, nobody on the PC cares about anything other than your OS.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. DSB

    True dat, but if they somehow found a way to get Xbox Live Arcade onto the PC, I wouldn’t mind.

    It takes a lot longer for those developers to bring them to PC on their own, even if they usually do.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    “True dat, but if they somehow found a way to get Xbox Live Arcade onto the PC, I wouldn’t mind.”

    that is the only winner for me.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Ireland Michael

    People wouldn’t bother even if they did. They’d just buy the games on Steam.

    Like almost everything Microsoft does on the Windows format, it would be intrusive, cumbersome, bog down the system and being nowhere near as simple and user friendly as the competition.

    As long as Steam exists, nobody will care.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Hunam

    They’re just not competitive in anyway way. DLC prices never change and against steam who cut prices aggressively in sales they just don’t compete or even try to give value to customers.

    Then they keep talking about having a big push, and then basically nothing happens. AoE Online and Fable 3 just aren’t enough to say you are supporting the PC, nor is your online store with nothing to give anyone a reason to use it over steam. The problem is Microsoft would rather have 10 customers paying 800 points than 100 customers paying 200 points. Plus, you know. The points thing.

    There software is too buggy, poor, not well managed and people don’t like it. But they have their head in the sand and think people are waiting for them to get their act together, which they’re not, we’ve all gone and got steam because it works and they kill themselves to make it a great service.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Lounds

    Steam will always be number 1 community for pc gaming

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Kalain

    The problem here is that people will see it as an extension to Xbox Live and not anything to do with PC gaming. When you log into your GFWL account, you’ll notice that it bounces to xbox.com before hitting live.com to log you in.

    Also, they will need to go out and speak to the dev/publishers on what they want in Digital distribution service. No doubt they will all probably Steam which goes against what MS want to here, but until they sort themseleve out and get a PC gaming division and an XBox division, like they use too, no one on PC will care about what they do.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. thesamy

    i read an artical in Engaget about a hacker then made microsft phone that run with win 7, run faster and smooth.
    microsft just dont know how to do stuff.

    #8 3 years ago