Will Windows 7 run your games? The short answer is, mostly, yes. We just spent the last week installing and running through 22 different games, of varying ages, going back as far as Quake II
. We also ran some of the newest, hottest titles, including several using the Games for Window logo program, which is supposed to be a sort of "Good Housekeeping" seal for PC games. If the game has the Games for Windows logo, so the thinking goes, then it should at least install and run properly.
Before we dive in, though, a caveat. Windows 7 is a beta OS, so some of the glitches and problems we encountered may well be fixed. Still, some of the problems we ran into were surprising, to say the least. On the other hand, the majority of games did seem to run just fine.
Before we talk about specific game titles, we'll spend a little time checking out the new Games Explorer. The Games Explorer in Vista
is a somewhat unfinished concept. Windows 7 improves on the Games Explorer in incremental but important ways, much as it improves on other aspects of Vista. We'll check out those improvements, as well as see just how well some of those new features work.