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Encyclopedia > Games for Windows

Games for Windows is a marketing campaign by Microsoft that dates back at least to 2005, and has been revised in 2006, seemingly aimed at officially categorizing computer games that will work (possibly exclusively) with their Microsoft Windows products. The campaign has been promoted through convention kiosks and through other fora as early as 2005.[1] Image File history File links Games_for_Windows_logo. ... Marketing is a social and managerial function associated selling of product with the interchange of material and to satisfy the customer. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 2006 in games 2005 in video gaming 2007 in video gaming Notable events of 2006 in video gaming. ... This article needs a complete rewrite for the reasons listed on the talk page. ... Microsoft Windows is the name of several families of operating systems by Microsoft. ... There are several common types of campaign: For organized efforts, each toward specific political goals, see political campaign. ... Convention has at least two very distinct but related meanings. ... a pagoda-like kiosk in Lausanne. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

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Website

The Games for Windows website shows information about and links to Microsoft products, as well as links to specific video games, computer hardware, gaming tips, new game releases, bestsellers, and general gaming information about Windows games and related software. This page as shown in the AOL 9. ... Links is the plural form of link. ... This article is about computer and video games. ... Computer hardware is the physical part of a computer, including the digital circuitry, as distinguished from the computer software that executes within the hardware. ... Gaming is an umbrella term that includes a number of special hobby game types: Board games Collectible card games Computer and video games Tabletop wargaming (i. ... Best Sellers can refer to: Best Seller - article about book best sellers. ... Computer software (or simply software) refers to one or more computer programs and data held in the storage of a computer for some purpose. ...


Microsoft is coordinating its "Games for Windows" website with 1UP.com, a website related to Electronic Gaming Monthly magazine, and has a level of integration with the 1UP.com site. 1UP.com is not to be confused with 1-up, the videogame term. ... Electronic Gaming Monthly (often abbreviated to EGM) is an American video game magazine. ... This article is about the magazine as a published medium. ...


The website has a "Windows Game Advisor" which has some more links to specific games, as well as more game rankings and a registration section which appears that allows visitors to find games that suit their tastes. This registration may be integrated with 1UP.com.


Game packaging logo

Several computer games have been released as of September 2006 that have the "Games for Windows" logo on the box. In addition to a new magazine, this game-box logo appears to be a major part of Microsoft's "Games for Windows" refreshed marketing campaign. There is a special designation about the "Games for Windows" badging on the recently released games versus previous Windows games (which simply have a logo stating "PC" on the box, or "PC-CD," or "PC-DVD"). Microsoft has special guidelines that a game needs to meet to be able to use the "Games for Windows" game-box logo. These include,[2] but are not limited to: This article needs a complete rewrite for the reasons listed on the talk page. ... Look up September in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

  • An "Easy Install" option that installs the title on your PC in the fewest possible steps and mouse clicks
  • An icon and associated information installs into the Windows Vista Games Explorer
  • Compatiblity with the Xbox 360 common controller (where applicable)
  • Installs and runs properly on x64 versions of Windows Vista and is compatible with 64-bit processors (though the game itself can be 32-bit)
  • Supports widescreen resolutions, such as 1680 x 1050
  • Multi-core and multi-threading support
  • Media Center support (Windows Vista Premium and Windows Vista Ultimate will have Media Center)

In a December update on the progress of the marketing campaign, Microsoft stated to IGN.com that "the Games for Windows brand will sit on a stripe across all of the PC game boxes that are partners with this effort." They also say Halo 2 for the PC will be able to be played during its own installation via streaming technology. Microsoft states they have increased their sales of Games for Windows brand games in stores that have been giving the games greater focus, and say they plan on increased marketing efforts of the brand. [3] Feral mouse A mouse (Plural mice) is a mammal that belongs to one of numerous species of small rodents. ... Christ the Redeemer (1410s, by Andrei Rublev) An icon (from Greek , eikon, image) is an image, picture, or representation; it is a sign or likeness that stands for an object by signifying or representing it, or by analogy, as in semiotics; in computers an icon is a symbol on the... The Xbox 360 is the successor to Microsofts Xbox video game console, developed in co-operation with IBM, ATI, Samsung and SiS. Information on the console first came through viral marketing campaigns and it was officially unveiled on MTV on May 12, 2005, with detailed launch and game information... A controller is a person or device that exercises or attempts to exercise control or influence. ... x64 is Microsoft Corporations marketing designation for the Advanced Micro Devices AMD64 and Intel EM64T 64-bit Instruction Set Extensions to the x86 architecture, which were substantially similar as of 2004. ... Windows Vista is the name of the latest release of Microsoft Windows, a line of graphical operating systems used on personal computers, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ... 32-bit is a term applied to processors, and computer architectures which manipulate the address and data in 32-bit chunks. ... The inner box (green) is the format used in most pre-1952 movies and pre-widescreen television. ... According to THIMUN INSTRUCTIONAL GUIDE) A resolution consists of a long sentence divided into clauses and sub-clauses. ... A dual-core CPU combines two independent processors and their respective caches and cache controllers onto a single silicon chip, or integrated circuit. ... Many programming languages, operating systems, and other software development environments support what are called threads of execution. ... It has been suggested that Media Server be merged into this article or section. ... Look up December in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... IGN is the oldest and most visited general gaming website, and runs one of the most popular forums on the Internet. ... Halo 2 is a first person shooter video game developed by Bungie Studios. ... Streaming may mean: Streaming media, multimedia data transferred in a stream of packets that are interpreted and rendered, in real time, by a software application as the packets arrive. ...


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Magazine

Main article: Games for Windows: The Official Magazine

Games for Windows: The Official Magazine is the title of a computer gaming magazine from Ziff Davis Media and the Microsoft Corporation. The publication date of its first issue was November 2006.[4] According to Ziff Davis, the magazine is to be a "rebirth" of the Computer Gaming World magazine. This article is about the magazine as a published medium. ... Ziff Davis Media Inc. ... Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT), (founded 1975), headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA, is the worlds largest software company (with over 50,000 employees in various countries, as of May 2004). ... Computer Gaming World Computer Gaming World (CGW) is the oldest video game publication still in continuous circulation. ...


External links

  • Official Games for Windows website
  • List of Exlusive Games for Windows
  • Windows Game Advisor

References

  1. ^ PRESS RELEASE: Rail Simulator attends Leipzig Games Convention
  2. ^ "Games for Windows Vista" at Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows
  3. ^ December 7, 2006 IGN.com conversation with Microsoft
  4. ^ Ziff Davis Media's Official "Games for Windows" Press Release

 
 

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