Another blow for GFWL (and its long suffering users)

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By on February 12, 2013 at 1:39 pm

The already bruised reputation of Games for Windows Live has taken another battering over the past four days. Microsoft has acknowledged widespread reports from users struggling to connect to the service. Numerous people have taken to the official forums to express their dissatisfaction. “At first I wasn’t bothered [that] Dark Souls was on GFWL,” said one forum member, “but now I’m joining the legions of people petitioning for it to be a Steam-only release instead.” While the issues are yet to be resolved, Microsoft has proposed a stop-gap solution:

“Some users are reporting success by running the following four commands in an administrator command prompt (right click on the command propt and select run as administrator)

  • bitsadmin /reset
  • ipconfig /flushdns
  • netsh int ip reset
  • netsh winsock reset

then restarting their computers, starting their game up and selecting ‘Sign-in with another account’ and re-entering their log-in information.”

The platform holder has conceded that its jerry-rigged solution won’t work in all cases and has pledged to pursue a permanent fix.

Source: CVG

18 comments (Leave your own)

First… to say I love GFWL and will continue to love it no matter what*

*this is subject to change, if I can’t login and get gamerscore, things might get hot in here.

 

Murray Hibble
no matter what

* Except when it matters.

Facepalm.

 

Just when you think GFWL can’t get any worse, it does.

MS should just kill it after issuing no-GFWL patches for their titles that use it and forcing publishers of other GFWL titles to do the same (having said that, Dawn of War 2 will be a pain as THQ is dead).

 

i was having a heap of trouble with gfwl yesterday, after i formatted my windows 7 pc and installed wind8. I even got on the im chat with a dude from microsoft live about it, but gfwl isnt his area of expertise and he gave me gfwl phone number (american) which ive since lost in my database. sorry :(

anyways, i had just bought air assault (uses gfwl yeck) and it was giving me the error ‘live could not connect, check your connection to the internet’. obviously i googled, and then found batman (both city and asylum wouldnt connect). so then i was very frustrated as a lot of my games, unfortunately, used gfwl.

the solutions listed in google were numerous, from the above solution, to changing mtu settings. as im with bigpond cable ultimate i have no control over mtu. I finally got it working, by using revo uninstaller(i guess any deep level remover will do the trick) to remove all traces of gfwl and gfwl marketplace, then installing the latest edition of gfwl from microsofts site. then it was able to login into gfwl and download my profile to the pc.

ill check now and see if its still working… but it was yesterday. edit : all games still working fine for me. doesnt excuse gfwl though, or the trouble i had getting it working!

 

Like most people I’ve never been a fan of GFWL or any built in crap that requires you to log in and play single player games >.<

 

At least those solutions if they even work are simple enough. I just hope GFWL doesnt break before I finish Arkham City.

 

inaugral: At least those solutions if they even work are simple enough. I just hope GFWL doesnt break before I finish Arkham City.

Just pirate it if it does :P

 

inaugral,

Good thing PS Plus gave me a ‘free’ copy of Arkham City on PSN, in addition to the PC copy I bought myself…

 

discolt:
Like most people I’ve never been a fan of GFWL or any built in crap that requires you to log in and play single player games >.<

U huh, exactly.

 

[blockquote]The platform holder has conceded that its jerry-rigged solution won’t work in all cases and has pledged to pursue a permanent fix[/blockquote]

Kill it with fire?

Just pay to use Steamworks until you can actually offer an alternative that works properly?

I’ve had problems with GFWL every time I’ve played a game that uses it. If it was an actual, tangible thing then I would kick it in the dangly bits.

 

When will publishers learn not to bother with GFWL? A shame another example of its inadequacies has to impact on customers directly, again.

Also, don’t mean to nitpick, but in this case the solution was a ‘jury rig’ not a ‘jerry rigged’. A ‘jerry rig’ is a permanent dodgy solution to a problem, whereas a ‘jury rig’ implies a temporary workaround until a permanent solution can be found.

 

libbaz:
When will publishers learn not to bother with GFWL? A shame another example of its inadequacies has to impact on customers directly, again.

Also, don’t mean to nitpick, but in this case the solution was a ‘jury rig’ not a ‘jerry rigged’. A ‘jerry rig’ is a permanent dodgy solution to a problem, whereas a ‘jury rig’ implies a temporary workaround until a permanent solution can be found.

Opening this article was worthwhile with something learnt.

Also I’ve never had an issue with GFWL itself, rather it was a problem with a key not being valid due to some unknown reason on the manufacturing end.

 

god i hope this doesn’t fuck me up! just played batman arkham city again now i got a xbox 360 controller! was all good last night, hopefully nothing is changed lol been craving to smash more out all day!!

 

I was having problems with GWFL the other day, glad it wasn’t just me. Win8 stuff would log in fine but games with the client wouldn’t work.

On the upside it looks like Capcom have ditched it, considering the new DMC doesn’t have it unlike pretty much every other Capcom game. Other than them and Namco for Dark Souls I don’t know who uses it any more, to be honest I haven’t seen it on a new game in a while.

 

I still find it crazy that I was being classed as an american in GFWL for the past 3 or so years, playing street fighter IV and arcade editions online, classed and being matched as an American because I couldn’t change my GFWL location.

Even emailing everywhere remotely close to a GFWL support site for help, one eventually told me to buy the games again and make a secondary account. I said F that and just bought Street Fighter X Tekken on a new account, once again was given no option to select my country and got classed as an American… pretty much cracked it after that.

Then some legend posted on the steam forums that if I changed my location to Australia in windows control panel it would class me as Australian. Went in there and it was already set to Australia. Loaded SF back up again, and it had actually finally realised I was Australian. Everyting is good now, except the fact I can’t take back the previous 3 years of playing mostly unbearable matches and ruining my online experience.

Apart from that and needing a special link to buy content for Age of Empires online, I’ve had no real troubles with it (even over the past week). But the complete lack of PC support (aka a ticket submission system or e-mail support) is enough to make me very uncomfortable using it.

And for crying out loud how hard can it possibly be for them to let us change our location on our GFWL tag to the country we are actually living in.

 

Murray Hibble:
First… to say I love GFWL and will continue to love it no matter what*

*this is subject to change, if I can’t login and get gamerscore, things might get hot in here.

Damn straight!
I have not had an issue with it and in fact I wish there were more games with it, then I would actually play them on the PC.

Ahhh.. All the hate on here takes me back to when steam was young.. and shit.
I still loathe steam, but I’m forced to use it for most PC games. (at least the support is there)

This is why I now play consoles. Buy the system, buy there games, guaranteed its going to work.

 

I had no issue with after one of the previous updates.

 

Simple solution… release a new GFWL that is no longer always online. Register once, play offline… save offline… everything offline. Make it the simple DRM it only needs to be.

Needing to prove you’re still the legit paying custoimer every time you fire up a game???

Why are we still being punished for being legit paying customers? Steam, GMG, GOG, Desura… take a hint!!!

 
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