Games for Windows was a Microsoft-branded online destination for Windows PC video games. Microsoft hired my team to design and build the future Games For Windows.com. They wanted a safe place for people to come to find out about Windows based video games. Many of the other online destinations were plagued by adware and other online hazards. Microsoft wanted a place where customers could find out more about and review their favorite game titles. It was desired that GamesForWindows.com was to be the PC companion to XBox.com. Translated into 18 languages and produced in three countries, it is one of the largest websites I've ever worked on.
PC games have no discernable common iconography. It comtains no common hardware, except for generic peripherals like mice or keyboards. When Microsoft came to my team and wanted to make a PC game companion website to XBox.com we began the task of brainstorming.
The “vents” were loosely based on the XBox 360 hardware