PC Gaming is Dead – Part II….kinda

This is spawned from Cameron’s latest article regarding issues that Time Sweeny brought up regarding PC gaming sales:

In a new interview with TG Daily, Epic Games founder and CEO Tim Sweeney, the creator of Unreal, talked about the unfortunate state of the retail PC game market. Ultimately, when it comes to gaming, Sweeney feels the hardware makers are not looking after the mass market consumers.

He goes on to say:

“…it is very important not to leave the masses behind. This is unfortunate, because PCs are more popular than ever. Everyone has a PC. Even those who did not have a PC in the past are now able to afford one and they use it for Facebook, MySpace, pirating music or whatever. Yesterday’s PCs were for people that were working and later playing games. Even if those games were lower-end ones, there will always be a market for casual games and online games like World of Warcraft. World of Warcraft has DirectX 7-class graphics and can run on any computer. But at the end of the day, consoles have definitely left PC games behind,” he said.

Here are my thoughts. Hardware makers are not at fault regarding the “decline” of PC gaming RETAIL sales (why the heck retail even matters to PC gaming sales is beyond me?)….game makers are. This insatiable need to develop games with bleeding edge graphics is bordering on a personality disorder. To put a nice analogy on it, it would be like blaming the car manufacturer because you tried to stuff 100 clowns in their car when they told you specifically that you could only fit 30.

So maybe PC game developers need to tone it down a bit. Maybe they need to give us more game in our games instead of wasting time and trying to distract us with a prettier wrapping and padding their resumes with ?latest technology? bullet points. Maybe if they gave us more games that appealed to us like WoW did, they wouldn’t have to worry about declining PC retail sales because they wouldn?t have to worry about finances. The Wii is kicking everyone?s ass in the console space…are you telling me that it’s left PC games behind in terms of graphics?

In closing:

In the end, Sweeney acknowledged, “PCs are good for anything, just not games.”


D out.

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