Updating games for windows live

upgrades the version of Games for Windows - LIVE on a user's machine to version 2.0,” reads Microsoft's description of the package.

Microsoft is kicking Games for Windows – LIVE up a notch.

The evolution announced by Larry Hryb, the director of programming for Xbox Live (who uses the pseudonym Major Nelson), involves the overhauling of the service and the introduction of a fresh LIVE guide.

At the bottom of this article you will find a series of screenshots made available by Hryb, which have been designed to deliver a taste of the new user experience of the updated Games for Windows – LIVE.

At the same time, Microsoft has made available for download the Games for Windows - LIVE Redistributable v2.0.

[Update: A Bethesda spokesperson has contacted Joystiq with clarification regarding the recent update.

"We have not removed GFWL from the game," the spokesperson stated.

Games for Windows Live has been in a Schrödinger's service-style quandary since last year, when a (quickly deleted) Age of Empires Online support update claimed it would shut down this July 1st.

Ever since, it's been suspended in an atmosphere of non-life: functional, yet dead—many of its games fleeing for the safety of a Steamworks alternative.

A recently-released patch for the Steam version of Bethesda's post-apocalyptic RPG Fallout 3 suggests that its Games for Windows Live support and DRM is being removed, likely in response to the service's decline and marketplace closure.

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