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    "Needlessly complicated and overbearing"

    September 3, 2012  |   By thetawaves90

    Pros

    Well designed interface and polite, informative, error messages.

    Cons

    Necessity of online access to redeem save files for an offline game despite their being no cloud-synching service for those offline files, sporadic amnesia of a user's login details, support system that I've yet to receive any correspondence from regarding the inability to access my account, advertisements, inability to apply a serial key to separate accounts despite those accounts being linked and having only 3 possible installations on separate computer systems.

    Summary

    I have Steam; I have a client that keeps my games updated, my saves cloud-synched and my account accessible. I can install the games I have paid for (with their respective save-files) as many times as I damn well please on as many systems as I want because their anti-piracy measures are sensible and well adjusted for the average user. This is how a service keeps customers happy.

    Hell, even Origin has the multiple install ability, the save file cloud-synching and the one-time user verification despite it's innumerable quirks.

    The truly stupid and incredibly ironic thing about Games for Windows Live is that it's anti-piracy measures have failed miserably; a google search indicates that I can have a DRM-free, cracked install of any game available on their service without any of the issues state above. Yet as a legitimate, albeit forced, user of their festering turd of a client I am made to jump through arbitrary hoops every single time I want to play a game I have paid for. As it stands, I now have no access to my games or any of my previous save files and no obvious way of redeeming either. This is unacceptable and I hope it's resolved.

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