Games for Windows Live gets a standalone client

People have been asking for a stand alone Xbox Live client for as long as Xbox Live has been around. Games for Windows Live took the lead on that project, and as we saw many Xbox Live like features showing up in PC games. Still, no stand alone client. Still, Games for Windows has not really felt the success Microsoft has wanted for the platform, but shortly after the release of the New Xbox Experience came the relaunch of Games for Windows Live. When I heard this was coming, I was very excited… then I had a difficult time finding it. Now I realize why.

This client is little more than an advertising plugin for windows. You do not have any sort of friends list management. There is no method of messaging your friends. The only real power this program has is to download video game trailers and demos. It’s a nice thought, but it’s a long way from what the masses have wanted.

If you do want to check it out, it is a free to download the application for Windows Vista. User running Windows XP will need an additional hotfix. To get it working, simply install the 30MB Games For Windows Live 2.0 application, then install the 800K hotfix. If you simply want a quick visual tour of the simple program, check out our gallery of Games for Windows Live.

XNA game YoHo Kablammo rated! See the Gallery!

Only small groups know much of anything about the game Yo-Ho Kablammo! The game, as you can see above, took 2nd place in last year’s Dream Build Play contest, then disappeared. Canalside Studios own website hasn’t updated since October of 2007. However, rumblings from the underground say that the game has been passed along to Microsoft and the ESRB, gaining an “E for Everyone” rating.

From their website: “Over the seven seas, 4 infamous pirates have been pillaging, looting and causing havoc to any that cross them. Now meeting face to face they must battle each other to claim the ultimate prize of fame and glory, welcome to Yo-Ho Kablammo.

Releasing the game will be an impressive accomplishment for the team of students.

Here is a small profile from their website: “Canalside Studios has a diverse mix of students from complimentary disciplines – a blend of creative and technological expertise. Students involved with Canalside Media develop both their skills and their professionalism. Graduates from Canalside Media are experienced in the design and production process and skilled in working to client specifications and commercial deadlines.

Also, check out the gallery of images from the upcoming YoHo Kablammo!

New Feature: Galleries! Starting with Battle-Cars!

In another effort to add just a little more flavor to the website, I will be adding galleries of games whenever possible. Our first one will start here and now, with an 11-image gallery of the upcoming PSN game, Super-Sonic Acrobatic Rocket Powered Battle-Cars. You may have heard a thing or two about the game coming out this Thursday. So why not take a look at it?

I will be figuring out the mini-gallery feature later – sorry I can’t preview it at the bottom of the post, yet. 😉