Thomas Cross writes: "Games for Windows Live was and is a peculiar endeavor, even for a giant company like Microsoft. It has attempted (and continues to attempt) to provide a suite of mostly redundant services to PC gamers and PC users. From match-making to messaging to voice-chat, most of GFWL’s vaunted “services” are incredibly easy to come by on a PC. Even when they aren't, Microsoft's ham-handed implementation serves as a major road block to many. In the age of Stardock and Steam, GFWL is aging badly."