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August 10, 2006

Microsoft Flight Simulator X demo available for download

Microsoft has released a demo of the upcoming Flight Simulator X:

The Flight Simulator X trial version includes two airports, three missions, and three different aircraft. All of the missions take place at St. Maarten in the Caribbean.

Follow the link and get it while it’s hot!

Posted at 6:31 pm. Filed under Companies, Microsoft, PC Games

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November 16, 2005

Electronic Arts to launch game distribution service

Rick Aristotle Munarriz at The Motley Fool:

You knew this was coming. Electronic Arts announced Monday morning that it’s launching a digital distribution service that will deliver complete games, demos, and updates to wired PC gamers through the users’ online connections.

It’s a logical move for the world’s leading video game maker. In theory, delivering games to users with high-speed broadband access is a beautiful thing. Margins run wide, since there is no inventory to stock and no physical product to press, package, and distribute.

Sounds good to me, but I can think of a fly in the ointment.

The only roadblock would likely be angry retailers like GameStop, which clearly would have plenty at stake if gamers could cut out the middleman.

Yeah, that’s it.

Will they retaliate? Will retailers yield more shelf space and in-store promotions to EA’s rivals?

That’s unlikely. EA is just too powerful. But that doesn’t mean it’s time to short GameStop, either. The video game chains aren’t going away. For starters, video game consoles and accessories will never be delivered digitally. However, it bears pointing out that companies like GameStop derive higher margins on the sale of software titles than on the hardware side.

More by following the link. EA is starting slowly with an expansion pack for Battlefield 2, but with widespread broadband, digital delivery of games is bound to arrive for both PC games and consoles. Another example is the Xbox Live Marketplace which was just unveiled and will be selling “arcade games” and add-ons for regular games, if not yet the games themselves.

Posted at 9:44 pm. Filed under Companies, EA, Microsoft, PC Games, Video Games, Xbox 360

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November 9, 2005

Freeware games for Windows XP

(Via Paul Thurrott) XP Games has a nice collection of freeware games for Windows XP:

There are thousands of games available for Windows XP. All the well known titles cost money to own. This guide covers the better Freeware games from Independent Developers and Commercial Publishers. The following games are 100% free full games, not Demos or Shareware. None have any Adware or Spyware. Every game listed has been installed and tested for basic compatibility with Windows XP. Most of the Games will work on Windows 2000 and older versions of Windows just check the requirements. Hopefully this will provide you with some good entertainment without ever having to spend a dime.

Posted at 8:16 pm. Filed under PC Games

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