I read this article with great interest as I realize fully that many Windows gamers may be having mixed results with their Windows gaming experience since upgrading to Windows 7. And after all, with the promised compatibility in play, there should be no problem, right? Well, maybe.
As the article points out, it almost feels like there was so much breath holding with the Windows release going well that everyone forgot to exhale somewhere along the line. Worse, it seems like Windows 7 gaming is a moot issue all of a sudden.
The piece goes on to point out that Microsoft took on a strong role in making sure that games would be certified “validated” to have undergone extensive testing. So what the heck happened to that, as I am not seeing much action there at the moment?
Apparently headliner games will be shipping this holiday season without any real validation that they are certified to run with the latest and greatest. That is a bit scary, if you are a gamer looking to upgrade to Windows 7. Who’s doing the bug testing?
I have a theory, but I am not sure gamers are going to like it much. I see a shift in where Microsoft is putting its eggs. More with the Xbox on the gaming side, while still half-supporting PC gaming with its various efforts. Most of its focus will be on the budget conscious. Generally speaking, this is not where Microsoft likely views gamers.
So what do you think? Are we throwing the baby out with the bath water here? Perhaps, instead, all is fine and MS is just slow going with its games certification process? Hit the comments, but be kind. Otherwise I might be forced to hit the reset button. 🙂