Owners of the "Games For Windows" release of Gears Of War have found themselves unable to play the game they own today. The reason? An expired Windows digital certificate, which went digitally sour yesterday.
Epic Games' forum dwellers began kvetching about the issue within the past 24 hours, when presented with a warning that read "The certificate has expired or is not yet valid." Gears Of War PC players found that resetting their system clocks back to the day before the Verisign certificate expired or earlier let them play as normal.
Fortunately, Epic seems to be well aware of the problem, responding in the official forum with "We have been notified of the issue and are working with Microsoft to get it resolved."
Epic reps offered their apologies, opting not to point the finger at any party possibly responsible for the lapse in certificate renewal.
Given Microsoft's recent problems with keeping Zunes working on a day-to-day basis, we think we might know who the culprit is.