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    The Pinball Arcade Is On Its Way To The Windows 8 Marketplace!!!

    While many are still waiting for Valve to release The Pinball Arcade on Steam, FarSight will be submitting The Pinball Arcade to Microsoft soon for inclusion in the Windows 8 Marketplace. This version will be playable on all devices and desktops running Windows 8 including Surface tablets and phones. I don't currently have anything running Windows 8, but it's good to see that The Pinball Arcade will finally get some exposure on the PC platform sooner rather than later.
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    Re: The Pinball Arcade Is On Its Way To The Windows 8 Marketplace!!!

    I had to recently replace (not by choice) the family's ageing Vista laptop, with a cheap but ok-ish spec Win8 laptop.

    While I actually quite like Windows 8 now I've got used to it, one of the first things I wanted to try was Zen PBFX2 which is also available in the win 8 store.
    Downloaded it, fired it up, started 'Mars' which is free to play, and was so under whelmed I haven't bothered since for 2 months.
    I'm personally comparing Zen to the xbox and Android versions which I own both of, and graphically it's better on Android (by a lot) than it is for win8 PC.

    Of course I probably will give TPA a go on Win 8, but I'm thinking it will be the same disappointment that Zen is on there.

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    my thoughts extactly nik considering its going to scale from arm based to pc, its probably similar to the mac os x port for now. if they added proper controller support to this version its incentive enough for me, like nudging.

    i guess we need to wait for the publisher for the most advanced version.

    anyway...ive got an addiction to firepower and im cursing the nudging lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by night View Post
    More platforms more problems.
    yet it opens it to a huge pc market from low end to high end at least with this version, more profit more rescources more backported improvements.

    negative nelly,

    only platform i truely think is a waste is oyua...im sure many would disgaree lol but yeah
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    Re: The Pinball Arcade Is On Its Way To The Windows 8 Marketplace!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Heretic View Post
    ...ive got an addiction to firepower
    Man, I'm exactly the same. I didn't think I'd play this much having had it on WPHOF, but the tuning is so good on TPA. I can't stop myself (despite the multiball bug). I think I have a problem!

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    I'll look forward to hearing more info on this as it becomes available. This is positive news for the PC release, people!

    Big problem for me (as I'm sure many will share) is that I am quite happy with Win7 Pro, and don't see me moving to Win8 anytime soon.

    Can anyone share any info on how the Windows 8 Marketplace works? i.e. would it be possible to (silly question alert!) to transfer TPA from Win8 to Win7?

    Perhaps putting Win8 on another drive would get around the problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PiN WiZ View Post
    This version will be playable on all devices and desktops running Windows 8 including Surface tablets and phones.
    Also, are there different versions of an app which are hardware dependent? I mean, surely what's capable on a decent spec Windows 8 PC, would not also run on a phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nik Barbour View Post
    Man, I'm exactly the same. I didn't think I'd play this much having had it on WPHOF, but the tuning is so good on TPA. I can't stop myself (despite the multiball bug). I think I have a problem!
    Firepower was my go to table for so many years. The bugs do suck, but I still love the TPA version! So much fun...

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    My HTPC is running Windows 8, so this will be interesting. If they will be releasing on Microsoft store in the same manner as they do on Android and IOS I can satisfy my thirst until release is due on PS3, except if the version on Windows will be better. Then I might switch platform.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimkom View Post
    This is positive news for the PC release, people!
    Not at all, IF this is just another TPA Light version.
    Sorry, but I'm so sick of all these Light versions....
    I don't have a PC to play such games... it's 2013 and they are similar to the ones
    I played 15 years ago.

    Farsight can do this on mobile devices to reach more people.
    But it s*cks to see light versions on the PC & Mac.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biff View Post
    Not at all, IF this is just another TPA Light version.
    It shouldn't be, the PC beta for Twilight Zone that I tested a while ago looked like the 360 screenshots. The 360 and Windows PC share code libraries (specifically DirectX) for graphics processing, so TPA should look very similar on either system.
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    Hopefully they add some extra graphics options for PC (i.e. higher res textures, G.I. Lighting, more shadows, etc.) since a lot of PC gamers have better hardware than what the 360 is packing.

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    Ugh. I do not want to upgrade to Windows 8. I'm gonna try to hold out for Steam to end the greenlight process, or perhaps Farsight's new XBox 360 publisher can get them on Steam. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

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    Does this mean it will be corss-compatible with the next Xbox, since it will be running on Windows 8?

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    I can understand they want to get it out there and win 8 is probably the easy way out for Farsight. I am only hoping desperately that if they do get it out on win 8 they will not sit and do nothing to get it out to all of us that do not want to install Windows 8. To be frank I would rather pay for another console than install windows 8, but I feel this route will force me to do just that, or wait another year to play on steam. It will probably be out on the next gen consoles before steam. Sorry for sounding negative but I was hoping they would choose another platform to get the pc ver out than win 8

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    Yeah, I'll hold my breath at least until it is released. Given that a lot of what I'm looking for in the PC release won't be there up front (cabinet support, namely) I'll wait at least until subsequent updates give me everything I'm looking for. If it *still* hasn't found its way to XP or Win7 by then, I'll consider the upgrade.

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    Hopefully the game will run well on a Microsoft Surface Pro. It really is a fantastic device and easily has sufficient hardware to run the game. If the game does come out for Windows 8, it would be sufficient to push me into upgrading my gaming rig too.

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    Wanna hear something funny? Doing a Windows 8 version wasn't FarSight's idea. They were literally getting hounded by Microsoft to see if a Win 8 version would be made. Which is funny considering all the hassles MS has given them with Xbox. Obviously MS needs content for Win 8 platforms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shutyertrap View Post
    Wanna hear something funny? Doing a Windows 8 version wasn't FarSight's idea. They were literally getting hounded by Microsoft to see if a Win 8 version would be made. Which is funny considering all the hassles MS has given them with Xbox. Obviously MS needs content for Win 8 platforms.
    I'm sure there are legal reasons why they couldn't do this, but I would have held the Windows 8 version hostage in exchange for some assistance/bending of the publishing rules with the 360 version.
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    Well, congrats on the Windows 8 release, but don't forget about those of us waiting eagerly for the Steam version! Count me as one of many who won't be updating to Windows 8 anytime soon (whats the real point if you aren't using a touch screen device?)

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    Figured I'd throw something out there as well, but take this with a grain of salt. Everyone has been wondering who FarSight's new publisher is and all signs point to Microsoft Game Studios.

    Late last year, FarSight announced that they had found a new publisher and were in the final stages of finalizing the contract...which in my opinion, included terms that FarSight would release The Pinball Arcade on the Windows 8 Marketplace which is why it was announced out of nowhere in my opinion.

    Also, FarSight was asked by their new publisher not to announce their partnership just yet which may be a safeguard for Microsoft to pull out of the deal if any of their previously agreed upon terms were not met.

    Lastly, FarSight recently stated the following on their latest ST:TNG Kickstarter Update : "We are currently seeking bankruptcy court approval to transfer the game to a different publisher, and we will release Star Trek: The Next Generation on the Xbox 360 as soon as that happens." Release of new content on XBLA immediately after publishing rights have been transferred over to their new publisher without a 4-6 week long approval process could only be made possible by one publisher and one publisher only...Microsoft Game Studios.

    Again, this is just my two cents and this post is meant to be taken with a grain of salt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PiN WiZ View Post
    Figured I'd throw something out there as well, but take this with a grain of salt. Everyone has been wondering who FarSight's new publisher is and all signs point to Microsoft Game Studios.

    Late last year, FarSight announced that they had found a new publisher and were in the final stages of finalizing the contract...which in my opinion, included terms that FarSight would release The Pinball Arcade on the Windows 8 Marketplace which is why it was announced out of nowhere in my opinion.

    Also, FarSight was asked by their new publisher not to announce their partnership just yet which may be a safeguard for Microsoft to pull out of the deal if any of their previously agreed upon terms were not met.

    Lastly, FarSight recently stated the following on their latest ST:TNG Kickstarter Update : "We are currently seeking bankruptcy court approval to transfer the game to a different publisher, and we will release Star Trek: The Next Generation on the Xbox 360 as soon as that happens." Release of new content on XBLA immediately after publishing rights have been transferred over to their new publisher without a 4-6 week long approval process could only be made possible by one publisher and one publisher only...Microsoft Game Studios.

    Again, this is just my two cents and this post is meant to be taken with a grain of salt.
    Well, that doesn't bode well for Steam, then. Microsoft and Valve are basically competitors at this point, I wouldn't be surprised about an exclusivity agreement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkonami View Post
    Well, that doesn't bode well for Steam, then. Microsoft and Valve are basically competitors at this point, I wouldn't be surprised about an exclusivity agreement.
    Keep in mind that a new version of The Pinball Arcade will be released on XBLA. Assuming that Microsoft Game Studios is the new publisher, the new version of The Pinball Arcade will have a different name and will therefore be exclusive to XBLA (and possibly Windows 8) just like the Pinball FX series is which means The Pinball Arcade can still be released on Steam (hopefully announced tomorrow).
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