PC Gaming is Dying, But Don’t Blame it on Consoles



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I love my Xbox 360 and PS3 but I’ve been a pretty avid PC gamer since the late 80s. I never thought that a console would replace my desire to play PC games – and it never has. However, I think PC gaming  really is finally on the way to its coffin. Why do I think that? Not because of the console wars but because I cant find a physical brick and mortar store that sells PC games anymore!

My local Game Stop used to stock a section with PC Games, over the years the section has gotten smaller and smaller, and now it has disappeared altogether. I was shocked and horrified when I first discovered this. But I consoled myself that I could always head over to J & R, an electronics retailer in lower NYC that has always had a big PC gaming section. So low and behold I was shocked once again to discover that their PC gaming section had shrunk to a minuscule size.

So at this point in time, if I want to play PC games, my only choice is to shop online. And heck, I do shop online a lot, but the experience of actually going to the store and looking at the physical packaging is still a more satisfying experience than reading a product description on a web page. Shopping at the store has always lead me to impulse buys and also often introduced me to games I didn’t know about. Sure, you can discover new games online, but it’s just not the same. With console games you have the option of buying them in the store or online, and that undoubtedly helps with their strong sales. So my question is, why are all the PC games being ripped from the shelves? If anything, you are actually encouraging piracy because people get frustrated that they cant easily go out and buy a game at their local game shop.

Which brings me to my next point. If you’re shopping for a new computer than you’ll notice how all the mid-range to high-end systems make a big emphasis on promoting their gaming prowess. There is a whole industry surrounding expensive gaming rigs that each try to out do each other with their video game performance. But really, what is the point anymore when it’s so difficult to buy an actual PC game altogether. I just don’t understand the PC Gaming industry anymore. As far as I’m concerned PC gaming is on its last leg, which kinda breaks my heart. Even popular MMO’s are hard to find on the shelves let alone an adventure game. If you are looking to reminisce about the golden age of PC gaming check out these sites that are sure to make you feel nostalgic:

Vintage Sierra will take you back to all the classic Sierra games and even the hint books without the decoder.

Forgot what the box art looked like for Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Check it out here.

GOG – The bargain bin of classic PC games which are so easy to download you don’t have to get off your chair.

For those who won’t give up on adventure PC games even if you have to buy them online, Adventure Gamer should be your first stop for reviews.


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  • William C Bonner

    PCGaming is like doing drugs. You are usually pushed into it by someone you know, and once you are hooked into it, you get all your future stuff from other people who are already hooked into it. The need to feed the addiction is either there or it is not, and once you fall out of it, it’s easier to just stay out of it.

    I’ve been playing computer games since I started with an IBM PC. I bought a new computer last year, and had to upgrade the video to even be able to play a single game. Then I asked a friend in the gaming industry what game I might like, based on past games I’d liked. he gave me several recommendations. I went to a store and bought one (I looked at Best Buy, Circuit City, and Fred Meyer, with the last having the best selection and price)

    Since then I’ve played the game about 10 times total. The investment required to get involved in a modern game is so large that I just dont have the time. I enjoy quick games in a web browser as much as anything these days. Since I’m in front of a computer during the workday, getting away is good in my time off.

  • William C Bonner

    PCGaming is like doing drugs. You are usually pushed into it by someone you know, and once you are hooked into it, you get all your future stuff from other people who are already hooked into it. The need to feed the addiction is either there or it is not, and once you fall out of it, it’s easier to just stay out of it.

    I’ve been playing computer games since I started with an IBM PC. I bought a new computer last year, and had to upgrade the video to even be able to play a single game. Then I asked a friend in the gaming industry what game I might like, based on past games I’d liked. he gave me several recommendations. I went to a store and bought one (I looked at Best Buy, Circuit City, and Fred Meyer, with the last having the best selection and price)

    Since then I’ve played the game about 10 times total. The investment required to get involved in a modern game is so large that I just dont have the time. I enjoy quick games in a web browser as much as anything these days. Since I’m in front of a computer during the workday, getting away is good in my time off.

  • William C Bonner

    PCGaming is like doing drugs. You are usually pushed into it by someone you know, and once you are hooked into it, you get all your future stuff from other people who are already hooked into it. The need to feed the addiction is either there or it is not, and once you fall out of it, it’s easier to just stay out of it.

    I’ve been playing computer games since I started with an IBM PC. I bought a new computer last year, and had to upgrade the video to even be able to play a single game. Then I asked a friend in the gaming industry what game I might like, based on past games I’d liked. he gave me several recommendations. I went to a store and bought one (I looked at Best Buy, Circuit City, and Fred Meyer, with the last having the best selection and price)

    Since then I’ve played the game about 10 times total. The investment required to get involved in a modern game is so large that I just dont have the time. I enjoy quick games in a web browser as much as anything these days. Since I’m in front of a computer during the workday, getting away is good in my time off.

  • dreamhunk

    go to future shop, best buy,wal-mart

    http://adrianwerner.wordpress.com/games-of-2009/

    there is also alot stores that sell pc games only

  • dreamhunk

    go to future shop, best buy,wal-mart

    http://adrianwerner.wordpress.com/games-of-2009/

    there is also alot stores that sell pc games only

  • dreamhunk

    go to future shop, best buy,wal-mart

    http://adrianwerner.wordpress.com/games-of-2009/

    there is also alot stores that sell pc games only

  • dreamhunk

    by the way must pc gamers hate gamestop and eb games their games are over priced and pc gamers get treated like dirt.

    here is a real good article here

    http://www.examiner.com/x-6208-Dallas-Gaming-Lifestyle-Examiner~y2009m3d25-OnLive-could-end-Gamestop

  • dreamhunk

    by the way must pc gamers hate gamestop and eb games their games are over priced and pc gamers get treated like dirt.

    here is a real good article here

    http://www.examiner.com/x-6208-Dallas-Gaming-Lifestyle-Examiner~y2009m3d25-OnLive-could-end-Gamestop

  • dreamhunk

    Oh one more thing we pc gamers have every right to blame it on consoles take a good look at micro soft and sony they want pc gaming dead. The game devs that attack pc gaming they all micro softs game devs.

    epic games, lionhead pc gaming in tatters!

    Big companies like micro soft and sony buy up all the store spot and pc games get push to the back.

    gamestop don’t make money on new games they make their money on old games or used game market. You can’t do that with pc games. Their pc games are over priced too.

  • dreamhunk

    Oh one more thing we pc gamers have every right to blame it on consoles take a good look at micro soft and sony they want pc gaming dead. The game devs that attack pc gaming they all micro softs game devs.

    epic games, lionhead pc gaming in tatters!

    Big companies like micro soft and sony buy up all the store spot and pc games get push to the back.

    gamestop don’t make money on new games they make their money on old games or used game market. You can’t do that with pc games. Their pc games are over priced too.

  • dreamhunk

    one more thing investors they are not looking at consoles as much they don’t make as much money as pc gaming does.

    I mean sony and micro soft losing billions on consoles. it will take sony a while to get their profits back if ever since they lost over 3 billion on the ps3. ;) these days they are disperate to get gamers.

    free games on the pc with add support is booming too not just mmo’s

  • dreamhunk

    one more thing investors they are not looking at consoles as much they don’t make as much money as pc gaming does.

    I mean sony and micro soft losing billions on consoles. it will take sony a while to get their profits back if ever since they lost over 3 billion on the ps3. ;) these days they are disperate to get gamers.

    free games on the pc with add support is booming too not just mmo’s

  • dreamhunk

    one more thing investors they are not looking at consoles as much they don’t make as much money as pc gaming does.

    I mean sony and micro soft losing billions on consoles. it will take sony a while to get their profits back if ever since they lost over 3 billion on the ps3. ;) these days they are disperate to get gamers.

    free games on the pc with add support is booming too not just mmo’s

  • William C Bonner

    One more thought I had about PC Gaming, and it applies a bit to console gaming as well, but not quite as much.

    As the technology has progressed, the gaming industry has divided into two markets, enthusiast and casual. The gap between those two markets has continued to grow.

    As with many enthusiast groups, there’s a fairly high barrier to entry, and many of the core people don’t have time to spare for newbies.

    The industry itself has figured out that it needs to sell to it’s core audience, and so entusiast games tend to be have many levels of complication, requiring a significant time investment from the game buyer, after a not insignificant purchase price.

    Getting suggestions on which game you should buy is not much less complicated than finding out which computer or car you should buy. It depends on so many variables, like how much time you expect to spend with it both in total, and per session, what level of realism or escapism, etc.

    Since I’ve worked in the game industry in the past, I’ve got friends who are game enthusiasts that will talk to me even though I’m not an enthusiast myself. I usually ask what is new that I might like by naming several games from the past that I enjoyed, and why I enjoyed them. I also like to watch my friends play games, just to be able to see the games played by an expert, and be tought how to play, instead of just looking at the manual or going through tutorials.

  • dreamhunk

    Oh by the way flash games also is kicking the snot out of consoles too. I think flash gaming can also compete with online.

    http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/koster-the-web-is-kicking-the-console-industrys-ass

  • dreamhunk

    Oh by the way flash games also is kicking the snot out of consoles too. I think flash gaming can also compete with online.

    http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/koster-the-web-is-kicking-the-console-industrys-ass

  • dreamhunk

    Oh by the way flash games also is kicking the snot out of consoles too. I think flash gaming can also compete with online.

    http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/koster-the-web-is-kicking-the-console-industrys-ass

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  • http://zpte.wordpress.com/ ZPE

    @drjonfrockit: The fact that you Googled “PC Gaming is Dying” like myself means even you self-proclaimed PC gamers are worried for the future of PC games. I’m not a PC gamer much myself (except when playing TF2) but I know for sure that PC games are the most widely pirated games out there and there’s nothing to stop it unless the game is solely based on online multiplayer (TF2).

  • http://zpte.wordpress.com/ ZPE

    @drjonfrockit: The fact that you Googled “PC Gaming is Dying” like myself means even you self-proclaimed PC gamers are worried for the future of PC games. I’m not a PC gamer much myself (except when playing TF2) but I know for sure that PC games are the most widely pirated games out there and there’s nothing to stop it unless the game is solely based on online multiplayer (TF2).

  • http://zpte.wordpress.com/ ZPE

    @drjonfrockit: The fact that you Googled “PC Gaming is Dying” like myself means even you self-proclaimed PC gamers are worried for the future of PC games. I’m not a PC gamer much myself (except when playing TF2) but I know for sure that PC games are the most widely pirated games out there and there’s nothing to stop it unless the game is solely based on online multiplayer (TF2).

  • A

    People don’t stock games in shops anymore not because they’ve all decided to kill the PC community…it’s because console games sell better and they’re left with extra PC games they can’t get rid off, and eventually they learn and stop stocking them because it’s not worth the trouble.. it’s simply demand and supply, why bother going out to buy a game from a shop and risk human contact when you can be in your underwear drinking mountain dew playing a game while the one you just bought is being downloaded. This has nothing to do with the death of PC gaming…however, it’s exactly what you said not to blame, console gaming, and how they now make it idiot-proof, so more people buy it, wii has proven this, so has apple, there are more people out there who just want a product and enjoy it without having to learn how to use it. This dumbing trend has happened in TVs movies and music..and has finally caught up to gaming, there are still developers out there who have decided to stick to what they stand for (look at stalker clear sky..or arma2), their fans are satisfied, but sales went down the toilet, so more “clever” developers (or ones who are willing to sell out) begin to dumb down their game, make it more accessible, more people buy it, so they release one that’s even more stupid with better graphics, and better graphics means improving your pc rig if you want the pc version (my graphics card cost more than my ps3, the board + processer + ram cost more than my 50″ full hd plasma).. anyway I’m not sure where I’m going with this rant anymore and I’ve typed way too much to close this browser, so I’m going to click submit now.

  • nonya

    I believe dreamhunk is a pc fanboy.

  • nonya

    I believe dreamhunk is a pc fanboy.

  • nonya

    I believe dreamhunk is a pc fanboy.

  • dreamhunk

    It’s more the gaming industry is full of lairs!

  • dreamhunk

    It’s more the gaming industry is full of lairs!

  • dreamhunk

    It’s more the gaming industry is full of lairs!

  • dreamhunk

    last time i check pc gaming has alot more games than consoles.

    http://adrianwerner.wordpress.com/games-of-2010/

    by the way with the high production costs for them consoles they will not be around in the futre.

  • dreamhunk

    last time i check pc gaming has alot more games than consoles.

    http://adrianwerner.wordpress.com/games-of-2010/

    by the way with the high production costs for them consoles they will not be around in the futre.

  • dreamhunk

    last time i check pc gaming has alot more games than consoles.

    http://adrianwerner.wordpress.com/games-of-2010/

    by the way with the high production costs for them consoles they will not be around in the futre.

  • dreamhunk

    here is some real facts about console game devs and console production costs

    http://www.cgw.com/Press-Center/Web-Exclusives/2010/The-Ups-and-Downs.aspx

  • dreamhunk

    here is some real facts about console game devs and console production costs

    http://www.cgw.com/Press-Center/Web-Exclusives/2010/The-Ups-and-Downs.aspx

  • dreamhunk

    here is some real facts about console game devs and console production costs

    http://www.cgw.com/Press-Center/Web-Exclusives/2010/The-Ups-and-Downs.aspx

  • hexon

    So let me see if I get this straight: the one thing that’s saving pc gaming is in your uninformed narrow minded opinion killing it? What are you 12 or something? Do you have even the most basic understanding of the platform?

    Hard copies sales are plummeting while DD is constantly on the rise. PC is once again leading the way while consoles will follow its footsteps sooner or later like they always do.

    Next time if you have zero knowledge on the subject restrain from writing articles about it.

  • hexon

    So let me see if I get this straight: the one thing that’s saving pc gaming is in your uninformed narrow minded opinion killing it? What are you 12 or something? Do you have even the most basic understanding of the platform?

    Hard copies sales are plummeting while DD is constantly on the rise. PC is once again leading the way while consoles will follow its footsteps sooner or later like they always do.

    Next time if you have zero knowledge on the subject restrain from writing articles about it.

  • hexon

    So let me see if I get this straight: the one thing that’s saving pc gaming is in your uninformed narrow minded opinion killing it? What are you 12 or something? Do you have even the most basic understanding of the platform?

    Hard copies sales are plummeting while DD is constantly on the rise. PC is once again leading the way while consoles will follow its footsteps sooner or later like they always do.

    Next time if you have zero knowledge on the subject restrain from writing articles about it.

  • BV

    I agree, I don’t think it’s just PC games, console games in stores will be a thing of the past too. Isn’t it easy to see?

    Consoles are basically PC’s now. Users download DLC’s and updates already. Purchasing games online saves the game companies packaging and distributing costs. Consumers pay the same no matter what. It’s the future of gaming.

  • BV

    I agree, I don’t think it’s just PC games, console games in stores will be a thing of the past too. Isn’t it easy to see?

    Consoles are basically PC’s now. Users download DLC’s and updates already. Purchasing games online saves the game companies packaging and distributing costs. Consumers pay the same no matter what. It’s the future of gaming.

  • BV

    I agree, I don’t think it’s just PC games, console games in stores will be a thing of the past too. Isn’t it easy to see?

    Consoles are basically PC’s now. Users download DLC’s and updates already. Purchasing games online saves the game companies packaging and distributing costs. Consumers pay the same no matter what. It’s the future of gaming.

  • df

    “I believe dreamhunk is a pc fanboy.”
    OMG that is so insulting

  • df

    “I believe dreamhunk is a pc fanboy.”
    OMG that is so insulting

  • df

    “I believe dreamhunk is a pc fanboy.”
    OMG that is so insulting

  • wtf

    It is not dying. It won’t die til consoles have gotten to the point that it takes to long for PC’s to get ahead in the technology aspect. I personally am only drawn away from having to use Windows to play games… Vista should have been as good or better then 7 when it came out and more then three years later 7 comes out and it still has some issues. Windows could be the best OS if Microsoft learned how to use their money to make great things and not sell cheap crap like LIVE, Windows, and XBox and Halo games.

  • wtf

    It is not dying. It won’t die til consoles have gotten to the point that it takes to long for PC’s to get ahead in the technology aspect. I personally am only drawn away from having to use Windows to play games… Vista should have been as good or better then 7 when it came out and more then three years later 7 comes out and it still has some issues. Windows could be the best OS if Microsoft learned how to use their money to make great things and not sell cheap crap like LIVE, Windows, and XBox and Halo games.

  • wtf

    It is not dying. It won’t die til consoles have gotten to the point that it takes to long for PC’s to get ahead in the technology aspect. I personally am only drawn away from having to use Windows to play games… Vista should have been as good or better then 7 when it came out and more then three years later 7 comes out and it still has some issues. Windows could be the best OS if Microsoft learned how to use their money to make great things and not sell cheap crap like LIVE, Windows, and XBox and Halo games.

  • chinto20

    So pc gaming is dying because you don’t want to shop online? that’s a lame ass reason, don’t you know where gaming is heading? maybe not now, but in the future, every existing game will be available for download, the thing is that pc gaming got ahead in that aspect…

  • chinto20

    So pc gaming is dying because you don’t want to shop online? that’s a lame ass reason, don’t you know where gaming is heading? maybe not now, but in the future, every existing game will be available for download, the thing is that pc gaming got ahead in that aspect…

  • chinto20

    So pc gaming is dying because you don’t want to shop online? that’s a lame ass reason, don’t you know where gaming is heading? maybe not now, but in the future, every existing game will be available for download, the thing is that pc gaming got ahead in that aspect…

  • Walllis

    PC gaming is not dying. Sales are as strong as ever, this has been repeated about a million times by companies like valve, sony and EA. The statistics for videogame sales just don’t count online retail, nor countries outside of Northern America. Just because PC gamers aren’t prepared to spend £50 on a halo VI or cod VI (god how I wish that last one was fake) doesn’t mean we aren’t buying games. Will you all stop eulogizing PC gaming like it’s that grand father you all pretend to be respectful of but can’t wait for him to croak. Frankly it concerns me that you’re so excited about paying for the wrong type of box.

  • Walllis

    PC gaming is not dying. Sales are as strong as ever, this has been repeated about a million times by companies like valve, sony and EA. The statistics for videogame sales just don’t count online retail, nor countries outside of Northern America. Just because PC gamers aren’t prepared to spend £50 on a halo VI or cod VI (god how I wish that last one was fake) doesn’t mean we aren’t buying games. Will you all stop eulogizing PC gaming like it’s that grand father you all pretend to be respectful of but can’t wait for him to croak. Frankly it concerns me that you’re so excited about paying for the wrong type of box.

  • Walllis

    PC gaming is not dying. Sales are as strong as ever, this has been repeated about a million times by companies like valve, sony and EA. The statistics for videogame sales just don’t count online retail, nor countries outside of Northern America. Just because PC gamers aren’t prepared to spend £50 on a halo VI or cod VI (god how I wish that last one was fake) doesn’t mean we aren’t buying games. Will you all stop eulogizing PC gaming like it’s that grand father you all pretend to be respectful of but can’t wait for him to croak. Frankly it concerns me that you’re so excited about paying for the wrong type of box.

  • name

    it IS consoles fault because now developers are too tight assed to create games for the PC so now were stuck with crappy ports.
    gone are the days where PC games were leaps and bounds above console games, now its almost the other way around!
    and dont get me started about this DRM BS!

    its thanks to consoles that PC games have fallen from grace, and now im stuck with a 4K PC that can really play games a 1.5K PC could play.
    what is the point of buying new hardware if its not required?
    Nvidia just released their 470 and 480GTX but how many games support DX11? even though ATIs cards and DX11 have been available for months!
    why would i spend 800 bucks on a 480GTX when my 260GTX does everything the 480 can besides DX11 obviously?
    seriously what is the point?

    PC gaming is dying, but because of developers and consoles.
    developers cant be stuffed creating games pushing the PC too the limits because than it would be “too hard” to get it working on consoles, and apparently its illegal to release games on PC without bringing them to at least one console.

    how much money do you want to bet that metro 2033, crysis 2, RAGE, half life 2 epp 3 were watered down just to fit onto consoles.
    we already know this happened to crysis 2, so how many other PC games will suffer because of consoles?

  • name

    it IS consoles fault because now developers are too tight assed to create games for the PC so now were stuck with crappy ports.
    gone are the days where PC games were leaps and bounds above console games, now its almost the other way around!
    and dont get me started about this DRM BS!

    its thanks to consoles that PC games have fallen from grace, and now im stuck with a 4K PC that can really play games a 1.5K PC could play.
    what is the point of buying new hardware if its not required?
    Nvidia just released their 470 and 480GTX but how many games support DX11? even though ATIs cards and DX11 have been available for months!
    why would i spend 800 bucks on a 480GTX when my 260GTX does everything the 480 can besides DX11 obviously?
    seriously what is the point?

    PC gaming is dying, but because of developers and consoles.
    developers cant be stuffed creating games pushing the PC too the limits because than it would be “too hard” to get it working on consoles, and apparently its illegal to release games on PC without bringing them to at least one console.

    how much money do you want to bet that metro 2033, crysis 2, RAGE, half life 2 epp 3 were watered down just to fit onto consoles.
    we already know this happened to crysis 2, so how many other PC games will suffer because of consoles?

  • Aegis

    I don’t think it is dying just because a retailer is smart enough to reserve shelf space for items that sell. Heck most game stores won’t even have more then a couple copies of a major title that came out just six months ago for consoles if any. Good luck finding any of the great PS2, Xbox, or GameCube games still playable on most of the next gen systems.

    One the same note a big industry event with Valve and Vivendi gave us Steam online content delivery as a way for Valve and later any developer or publisher the ability to go directly to customers and cut out a lot of middleman wasted resources. If they had stuck with trying to find another publisher they most likely wouldn’t be around anymore.

    If you took a quick look at server stats from Steam and guess at how many people are logged into some MMO game then it’s very easy to see it’s still going strong. Biggest thing is most of those games are going to be before the 360 and PS3 were even around. Counterstrike and the face lift source version are both still going strong after all this time and many other games because of the free content that was pumped into them by the community. Just for fun look up how much time is estimated of people just playing Solitaire.

    Fact is you can go out and buy a cheap PC or medium end Laptop and have all the power to play new games at console level detail because consoles have made sure developers don’t go to far out there with system requirements and it’s been about five years since the last generation of consoles.

  • Aegis

    I don’t think it is dying just because a retailer is smart enough to reserve shelf space for items that sell. Heck most game stores won’t even have more then a couple copies of a major title that came out just six months ago for consoles if any. Good luck finding any of the great PS2, Xbox, or GameCube games still playable on most of the next gen systems.

    One the same note a big industry event with Valve and Vivendi gave us Steam online content delivery as a way for Valve and later any developer or publisher the ability to go directly to customers and cut out a lot of middleman wasted resources. If they had stuck with trying to find another publisher they most likely wouldn’t be around anymore.

    If you took a quick look at server stats from Steam and guess at how many people are logged into some MMO game then it’s very easy to see it’s still going strong. Biggest thing is most of those games are going to be before the 360 and PS3 were even around. Counterstrike and the face lift source version are both still going strong after all this time and many other games because of the free content that was pumped into them by the community. Just for fun look up how much time is estimated of people just playing Solitaire.

    Fact is you can go out and buy a cheap PC or medium end Laptop and have all the power to play new games at console level detail because consoles have made sure developers don’t go to far out there with system requirements and it’s been about five years since the last generation of consoles.

  • Aegis

    I don’t think it is dying just because a retailer is smart enough to reserve shelf space for items that sell. Heck most game stores won’t even have more then a couple copies of a major title that came out just six months ago for consoles if any. Good luck finding any of the great PS2, Xbox, or GameCube games still playable on most of the next gen systems.

    One the same note a big industry event with Valve and Vivendi gave us Steam online content delivery as a way for Valve and later any developer or publisher the ability to go directly to customers and cut out a lot of middleman wasted resources. If they had stuck with trying to find another publisher they most likely wouldn’t be around anymore.

    If you took a quick look at server stats from Steam and guess at how many people are logged into some MMO game then it’s very easy to see it’s still going strong. Biggest thing is most of those games are going to be before the 360 and PS3 were even around. Counterstrike and the face lift source version are both still going strong after all this time and many other games because of the free content that was pumped into them by the community. Just for fun look up how much time is estimated of people just playing Solitaire.

    Fact is you can go out and buy a cheap PC or medium end Laptop and have all the power to play new games at console level detail because consoles have made sure developers don’t go to far out there with system requirements and it’s been about five years since the last generation of consoles.

  • Kimbo

    I had been a PC gamer for 15 years and loved everything about it but then came the year 2006… 360, wii and PS3 came out and that was the end of PC gaming for me. It was simple. As I got older money was shared amongst house bills, social and entertainment. PC gaming required constant upgrades in order to play latest games hence money wasted, whereas on a console I could had spent the same money on 4 to 5 games (secondhand). With even a mid range PC (£400 – £500) of 2 years old you were getting half baked graphics for latest games. Consoles keep on going. Back to consoles – this gen of consoles look amazing on HD screens, plus you can enjoy surround sound whilst sitting in the comfort of your sofa and it’s all a breeze. One easy accesible joypad for FPS not fiddly 20 odd keys on keyboard. Games on consoles run smoothly compared to pcs where you needed fiddling with the video settings.

    And I reckon most game developers are just as passionate about gaming and would cringe at their games running poorly on PCs. Wouldn’t you? But with so many variations and specs of PCs how do you bring about a good product to satisfy the majority? Imagine being a pc owner with a 2 year old rig powering up Halo 3 or Killaone 2. Bet it would look or run worse than a console version unless their rig hit the requirements. Sadly pc gaming has become a ‘show-off’ power gamers niche and mmorpg fest.

  • Kimbo

    I had been a PC gamer for 15 years and loved everything about it but then came the year 2006… 360, wii and PS3 came out and that was the end of PC gaming for me. It was simple. As I got older money was shared amongst house bills, social and entertainment. PC gaming required constant upgrades in order to play latest games hence money wasted, whereas on a console I could had spent the same money on 4 to 5 games (secondhand). With even a mid range PC (£400 – £500) of 2 years old you were getting half baked graphics for latest games. Consoles keep on going. Back to consoles – this gen of consoles look amazing on HD screens, plus you can enjoy surround sound whilst sitting in the comfort of your sofa and it’s all a breeze. One easy accesible joypad for FPS not fiddly 20 odd keys on keyboard. Games on consoles run smoothly compared to pcs where you needed fiddling with the video settings.

    And I reckon most game developers are just as passionate about gaming and would cringe at their games running poorly on PCs. Wouldn’t you? But with so many variations and specs of PCs how do you bring about a good product to satisfy the majority? Imagine being a pc owner with a 2 year old rig powering up Halo 3 or Killaone 2. Bet it would look or run worse than a console version unless their rig hit the requirements. Sadly pc gaming has become a ‘show-off’ power gamers niche and mmorpg fest.

  • Kimbo

    I had been a PC gamer for 15 years and loved everything about it but then came the year 2006… 360, wii and PS3 came out and that was the end of PC gaming for me. It was simple. As I got older money was shared amongst house bills, social and entertainment. PC gaming required constant upgrades in order to play latest games hence money wasted, whereas on a console I could had spent the same money on 4 to 5 games (secondhand). With even a mid range PC (£400 – £500) of 2 years old you were getting half baked graphics for latest games. Consoles keep on going. Back to consoles – this gen of consoles look amazing on HD screens, plus you can enjoy surround sound whilst sitting in the comfort of your sofa and it’s all a breeze. One easy accesible joypad for FPS not fiddly 20 odd keys on keyboard. Games on consoles run smoothly compared to pcs where you needed fiddling with the video settings.

    And I reckon most game developers are just as passionate about gaming and would cringe at their games running poorly on PCs. Wouldn’t you? But with so many variations and specs of PCs how do you bring about a good product to satisfy the majority? Imagine being a pc owner with a 2 year old rig powering up Halo 3 or Killaone 2. Bet it would look or run worse than a console version unless their rig hit the requirements. Sadly pc gaming has become a ‘show-off’ power gamers niche and mmorpg fest.

  • http://gamedrone.net Droniac

    The reason you’re seeing no PC games in your American stores is in part because North America is the land of consoles, but also because retail stores are not the favored shopping locale of PC gamers.

    Even here in Europe, where all game stores stack equally sized PC racks versus console racks… I know not one PC gamer that bothers with purchasing a game in a local store. They all order in from webshops or digital download services, the the exclusion of anything else. I’d imagine that you can multiply this by a factor ten in North America, where credit cards are a way of life.

    So it’s not the case of PC gaming dieing, as much as its the case of PC gaming evolving ahead of the curve, as always. We’re seeing more independently developed games and digital exclusive… and retail is being phased out quite rapidly. Console gaming is simply trailing behind yet again and will only pick up on this new bandwagon with the next generation of consoles…

    As for some of the ridiculous ‘PC gaming is more expensive’ and ‘console hardware is so powerful no PC can compare’: you people may want to leave your caves and look around reality for a change. PC Hardware has been ahead of console hardware as of the very year this generation of consoles were released.

    And hardware upgrades haven’t been necessary since late 2006, with my 3 year old PC easily capable of churning out 60 FPS in high detail, 1680×1050 resolution (versus consoles’ sub 720p resolution, upscaled to 720p/1080p), full AA/AF in most any recently released game. Games like Dragon Age: Origins, Supreme Commander, Red Alert 3 and Mass Effect 2 – which not only look poorly on consoles, but also feature poor controls and performance, as well as a myriad of bugs not experienced in the PC versions!

    And no, I’m not some PC gaming elitist. I own a Xbox 360 and Nintendo DS, have a Xbox Live subscription, own several dozen Xbox games and can easily control a FPS with a controller. I’m simply stating facts: PC gaming is less expensive, the mouse & keyboard offer superior control in FPS/RPG/Strategy games and the performance and graphics are so much better that they’re practically incomparable, even when it’s a port of the same game (see Supreme Commander, GTA IV, Dragon Age, Bad Company 2).

    I’ve had more performance issues on my X360 than my 3 year old PC and while my PC did cost a lot more upfront, it makes up for that initial cost in the lack of required accessories (chargers, batteries, headsets, spare controllers, wifi-sets) and much lower game pricing (anywhere from 15-30 euro less per game). Just a few dozen games put my Xbox 360 gaming hobby ahead of my PC gaming hobby in terms of overall cost.

  • http://gamedrone.net Droniac

    The reason you’re seeing no PC games in your American stores is in part because North America is the land of consoles, but also because retail stores are not the favored shopping locale of PC gamers.

    Even here in Europe, where all game stores stack equally sized PC racks versus console racks… I know not one PC gamer that bothers with purchasing a game in a local store. They all order in from webshops or digital download services, the the exclusion of anything else. I’d imagine that you can multiply this by a factor ten in North America, where credit cards are a way of life.

    So it’s not the case of PC gaming dieing, as much as its the case of PC gaming evolving ahead of the curve, as always. We’re seeing more independently developed games and digital exclusive… and retail is being phased out quite rapidly. Console gaming is simply trailing behind yet again and will only pick up on this new bandwagon with the next generation of consoles…

    As for some of the ridiculous ‘PC gaming is more expensive’ and ‘console hardware is so powerful no PC can compare’: you people may want to leave your caves and look around reality for a change. PC Hardware has been ahead of console hardware as of the very year this generation of consoles were released.

    And hardware upgrades haven’t been necessary since late 2006, with my 3 year old PC easily capable of churning out 60 FPS in high detail, 1680×1050 resolution (versus consoles’ sub 720p resolution, upscaled to 720p/1080p), full AA/AF in most any recently released game. Games like Dragon Age: Origins, Supreme Commander, Red Alert 3 and Mass Effect 2 – which not only look poorly on consoles, but also feature poor controls and performance, as well as a myriad of bugs not experienced in the PC versions!

    And no, I’m not some PC gaming elitist. I own a Xbox 360 and Nintendo DS, have a Xbox Live subscription, own several dozen Xbox games and can easily control a FPS with a controller. I’m simply stating facts: PC gaming is less expensive, the mouse & keyboard offer superior control in FPS/RPG/Strategy games and the performance and graphics are so much better that they’re practically incomparable, even when it’s a port of the same game (see Supreme Commander, GTA IV, Dragon Age, Bad Company 2).

    I’ve had more performance issues on my X360 than my 3 year old PC and while my PC did cost a lot more upfront, it makes up for that initial cost in the lack of required accessories (chargers, batteries, headsets, spare controllers, wifi-sets) and much lower game pricing (anywhere from 15-30 euro less per game). Just a few dozen games put my Xbox 360 gaming hobby ahead of my PC gaming hobby in terms of overall cost.

  • http://gamedrone.net Droniac

    The reason you’re seeing no PC games in your American stores is in part because North America is the land of consoles, but also because retail stores are not the favored shopping locale of PC gamers.

    Even here in Europe, where all game stores stack equally sized PC racks versus console racks… I know not one PC gamer that bothers with purchasing a game in a local store. They all order in from webshops or digital download services, the the exclusion of anything else. I’d imagine that you can multiply this by a factor ten in North America, where credit cards are a way of life.

    So it’s not the case of PC gaming dieing, as much as its the case of PC gaming evolving ahead of the curve, as always. We’re seeing more independently developed games and digital exclusive… and retail is being phased out quite rapidly. Console gaming is simply trailing behind yet again and will only pick up on this new bandwagon with the next generation of consoles…

    As for some of the ridiculous ‘PC gaming is more expensive’ and ‘console hardware is so powerful no PC can compare’: you people may want to leave your caves and look around reality for a change. PC Hardware has been ahead of console hardware as of the very year this generation of consoles were released.

    And hardware upgrades haven’t been necessary since late 2006, with my 3 year old PC easily capable of churning out 60 FPS in high detail, 1680×1050 resolution (versus consoles’ sub 720p resolution, upscaled to 720p/1080p), full AA/AF in most any recently released game. Games like Dragon Age: Origins, Supreme Commander, Red Alert 3 and Mass Effect 2 – which not only look poorly on consoles, but also feature poor controls and performance, as well as a myriad of bugs not experienced in the PC versions!

    And no, I’m not some PC gaming elitist. I own a Xbox 360 and Nintendo DS, have a Xbox Live subscription, own several dozen Xbox games and can easily control a FPS with a controller. I’m simply stating facts: PC gaming is less expensive, the mouse & keyboard offer superior control in FPS/RPG/Strategy games and the performance and graphics are so much better that they’re practically incomparable, even when it’s a port of the same game (see Supreme Commander, GTA IV, Dragon Age, Bad Company 2).

    I’ve had more performance issues on my X360 than my 3 year old PC and while my PC did cost a lot more upfront, it makes up for that initial cost in the lack of required accessories (chargers, batteries, headsets, spare controllers, wifi-sets) and much lower game pricing (anywhere from 15-30 euro less per game). Just a few dozen games put my Xbox 360 gaming hobby ahead of my PC gaming hobby in terms of overall cost.

  • Corey

    wow you are soooooooo retarded…..

    11 million ppl pay 15 bucks a month to play wow.
    80 million people log into Farm ville every week.

    PC gaming is far from dead. Its just so massivly integrated into everyday lives that people with dumb blogs are just so stupid that they are completly incapable of seeing the much bigger picture.

  • Corey

    wow you are soooooooo retarded…..

    11 million ppl pay 15 bucks a month to play wow.
    80 million people log into Farm ville every week.

    PC gaming is far from dead. Its just so massivly integrated into everyday lives that people with dumb blogs are just so stupid that they are completly incapable of seeing the much bigger picture.

  • Corey

    wow you are soooooooo retarded…..

    11 million ppl pay 15 bucks a month to play wow.
    80 million people log into Farm ville every week.

    PC gaming is far from dead. Its just so massivly integrated into everyday lives that people with dumb blogs are just so stupid that they are completly incapable of seeing the much bigger picture.

  • Opalfruits

    Steam and Direct2Drive. Who cares about boxes, discs and paper booklets? What about if you put music from a cd to your ipod/mp3 player… the cd becomes obsolete, all that paper and plastic wasted, for shame

  • Opalfruits

    Steam and Direct2Drive. Who cares about boxes, discs and paper booklets? What about if you put music from a cd to your ipod/mp3 player… the cd becomes obsolete, all that paper and plastic wasted, for shame

  • Opalfruits

    Steam and Direct2Drive. Who cares about boxes, discs and paper booklets? What about if you put music from a cd to your ipod/mp3 player… the cd becomes obsolete, all that paper and plastic wasted, for shame

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  • FRED

    death of retail distribution doesnt mean death of PC Gaming! what a coffin with hundred million users!.

    and yes, anybody must care for printed manuals anymore, be green!.

  • FRED

    death of retail distribution doesnt mean death of PC Gaming! what a coffin with hundred million users!.

    and yes, anybody must care for printed manuals anymore, be green!.

  • FRED

    death of retail distribution doesnt mean death of PC Gaming! what a coffin with hundred million users!.

    and yes, anybody must care for printed manuals anymore, be green!.

  • solid snake

    quit crying & just play games & show some dignity because your disgracing the true purpose of gaming!

  • solid snake

    quit crying & just play games & show some dignity because your disgracing the true purpose of gaming!

  • solid snake

    quit crying & just play games & show some dignity because your disgracing the true purpose of gaming!