Aspyr on Monday announced its new digital download store, the Gamerhood.

The company expects to launch the service in autumn 2006. Users will be able to buy games from the service from among an inventory that will include top-tier titles and casual diversions. Once downloaded, gamers can play those titles without having a physical CD or DVD in their drives.

The Gamerhood can check the user's hardware against a game's minimum system requirements, so you can be assured that the game you're buying will run well. It also alerts users to current projects and new games, provides an online registration mechanism, and will alert you to game updates when they become available. Parental control mechanisms will also be provided.