Online Petition Asks Dark Souls PC Makers to Dump GFWL Support

What inspired From Software and Namco Bandai Games to bring the popular PS3 action RPG Dark Souls to the PC – an online petition – is being used to dissuade them from including a certain feature. Around 12,184 gamers have signed an online petition ("Namco-Bandai and From Software: Release Dark Souls PC Edition without Games for Windows Live") asking both companies to reconsider putting Games For Windows LIVE support into Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition for Windows. The petition, found here, says that GFWL is "unpopular" and provides horrible support for online play – a key feature of the game. Below is the complete statement from the petition page:

"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."

Comments on the petition page agree with the statement and add that there are better forms of DRM that can be used. Many PC gamers just don't like GFWL, so Namco Bandai should probably pay attention to just how many signatures this petition manages to get and while 12,000 signatures on a negative petition might not seem like a big deal, losing 12,000 sales would not be a good thing for Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition.

Source: Blue's News

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    madman says:

    The petition is actually asking for Namco to use Steamworks, which is an API component of Steam. Non Steamworks games simply use Steam to allow gamers logon and use them. Those games when bought at retail don't require Steam. Steamworks requires both digital and retail copies to use Steam and provides access to all of the services handled by the Steam Client including VAC, Achievements. Steam and DRM. Making the game support Steamworks would take away the hassles of running GFWL.

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    Truec says:

    I don't think people dislike GFWL because they don't think it works with Steam.  It's more because it has a long history of causing games to not work properly, particularly when playing online.  I don't know if it still has those problems, but it does have a reputation.

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