Games in Games Folder

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Games' started by LordBevo, May 29, 2006.

  1. LordBevo

    LordBevo Guest

    Is there no way to have Vista automatically create a link for games you
    install inside of the Games folder to go along with Minesweeper I was
    under the impression that when I install a new game onto my machine, I would
    get an entry in the Games folder along with the ESRB information and options
    for parental controls. I see that on the games that come with Vista but
    installing the latest MS game (Rise of Legends) shows it to behave just like
    it did in XP. In otherwords, it appears as just another application. Dragging
    a shortcut into the folder sets its default operation to "Play" but that is
    about it.

    Is this enhanced functionality going to exist for anything other than the
    stock games? And if so, are these new features limited to Vista-friendly
    games like Crysis and Halo2, or is there a way to get this functionality to
    work on older titles.

    As a note, I have had no problems running Rise of Legends on my machine
    under Vista Beta 2.
    LordBevo, May 29, 2006
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  2. Hmm it should - report this as a bug :eek:)
    But just check around the box the disc came with - does it have an ESRB
    rating or any information relating to it?

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    Zack Whittaker, May 29, 2006
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    LordBevo Guest

    I did check and apparently I have a non-American version of the game. There
    is no ESRB info on it whatsoever. However, I did not think that there was any
    sort of ESRB "encoding" on games and that it was up to Vista to search a
    database to gather the information much as WMP does for CD cover/track info.
    Regardless, I went ahead and tried installing another newer game, this time
    one with the ESRB information on the front. I chose Heroes of Might and Magic
    V. It did the same thing as ROL. It installed into the directory I selected
    and made the Start Menu entry I specified but did nothing to copy an icon
    into the Games folder. As an added bonus, this game doesn't seem to want to
    run under Vista. I keep getting an error stating that the application "failed
    to start because d3dx9_25.dll was not found.". I am guessing this is some
    sort of DX10 compatibility issue.
    LordBevo, May 29, 2006
  4. The game installer must report itself to Vista, Vista does not do a search
    for exisiting game installations, nor monitor installations of legacy games,
    nor look up ESRB ratings from a database, it will only use those ratings
    supplied by the game itself.

    Expect Vista compatible game installers for games produced after Vista

    Games will require an XML GameDefinitionFile.
    See this for how it works:
    Edward Wohlman, Jun 1, 2006
  5. LordBevo

    LordBevo Guest

    Actually, this article indicates that there will be some support for legacy
    titles, including metadata information like ESRB data:

    "In the case that your game does not install a GDF and integrate with the
    Game Explorer, The Game Explorer legacy game system will use Windows Metadata
    Services and and automatically download game developer information, box-art,
    and ratings, which will be used in the Game Explorer in lieu of
    developer-provided data. The information used by the legacy game system is
    supplied by

    Windows Vista supports many released games through the legacy game service.
    Each of these games is represented by a game ID that is provided in Windows

    My understanding from various other sources is that Vista can detect an
    install of a supported legacy game and will provide the necessary features
    for the games that the development team is able to support. They are
    encouraging people to bug games that do not install themselves into
    GameExplorer. Adding this support is said to be rather difficult as they have
    to create a signature of the game install and the create a GDF for the game.
    LordBevo, Jun 10, 2006
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    Domo Guest

    On an earlier version of Vista (I think maybe 3 or 4 releases ago) I tried
    running World of Warcraft. While the game did not get past the login screen
    before crashing, Vista had automatically added a link with all the relevant
    game information and box art etc to the Games folder.

    I had not installed the game under Vista, I was just running the executable
    from my Win XP partition. I certauinly have to say I'm dismayed that this
    functionality has at least been disrupted in the subsequent builds.
    Domo, Jun 10, 2006
  7. I am also disappointed as I can confirm that Vista is not providing this
    functionality in the latest Beta build. I have a separate Games partition
    that I have been using for years, so I don't have to re-install all of my
    games after a format. All of these games were originally installed via
    Windows XP. Vista runs these games fine (WoW being one of them) but it won't
    give any ESRB info or anything. By the sounds of this thread, new installs
    or old installs aren't making a difference...
    ~Captain Morgan~, Jun 19, 2006
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    Adahn Guest

    The Game Explorer picked up my installations of Baldur's Gate and Starcraft,
    and they're pretty much as "legacy" as you can get.

    Hell to get to run without glitches though, on current NVIDIA WDDM drivers.
    Adahn, Jun 20, 2006
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