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Piracy to blame for slowing PC game sales?

From Arstechnica:

"Are PC games in trouble yet again? It seems like no one has written a "PC Gaming is dead" piece in a few months, and while I don't think the industry is dying (yet), there are some awfully worrying signs on the horizon. A few days ago Robert Bowling, community relations manager for Infinity Ward, posted a few thoughts on his blog under the despairing title "They Wonder Why People Don't Make PC Games Any More."

"On another PC related note, we pulled some disturbing numbers this past week about the amount of PC players currently playing Multiplayer (which was fantastic). What wasn't fantastic was the percentage of those numbers who were playing on stolen copies of the game on stolen / cracked CD keys of pirated copies (and that was only people playing online)," Bowling wrote. "The amount of people who pirate PC games is astounding. It blows me away at the amount of people willing to steal games (or anything) simply because it's not physical or it's on the safety of the internet to do."

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decapitator3387d ago

Yes and more. And if something isn't done about it, PC games are we know it will have a very challenging future. Also they need to somehow have affordable parts available for the average consumer to be willingly to upgrade their computer.

SkolarVisari3387d ago

They need to just stop this whole upgrade song and dance routine. No one really wants to spend 200 USD+ just to have a computer capable of playing a game. I also wonder how many of those people actually bought the game and just use a crack so that they do not have to have the CD around when they play? What would really help them also is making it possible to rent these games. Frankly it does not even make sense to purchase these games knowing that you are completely screwed if you happen to not like the game since many places do not accept returns for pc games.

ephoenix63386d ago (Edited 3386d ago )

game publishers and developers complain about a lack of unified hardware on the console front. Imagine all the different varieties of pc's there are with all their different tech specs. now reminisce back to system requirements. Odds are todays standard ps's are incompatible with todays standard tech specs for games to compete with the graphical quality of console games. basically, it's cheaper to just get a new console every 5 or so years rather than spend hundreds every few years on pc upgrades. Also, lets not forget about memorizing all the excess keys on a keyboard, and all the cheap console controller wanna be accessories. Even if not every game utilized every key, some mmorpgs and rpgs did for the most part.

BobDog3386d ago (Edited 3386d ago )

what is disturbing is the amount of people that still play counterstrike 1.6, and a bit less disturbing but still not right is the number that play cs:s

i just spend 1k on a new computer that can run all the games, 6800 daul core intel, 8800 gts 2gig dd2 800mhz ram (i got it wholesale)

and i thought, in a year ill prolly have to upgrade it again, so thats why im moving to consoles

m91058263386d ago

All I know is, I refuse to play for computer games anymore. I play it first... then, if I like it, I go and buy it. Too many disappointments for me, most notably Bioshock. I can't believe I spent money on that.

BobDog3386d ago

i know i hated it,

and so many pc/360 owners say its great