A Look at why PC gaming is alive and well.
It's the PC, that's why. Gaming on it will never die off...unless this happens: http://www.youtube.com/watc... O_O
PC gaming is dying. All those ten points are triumphed by one. Piracy. The only category that is alive and well is the ones where you have to pay subscription.
Well point number 8 certainly isn't affected by piracy. Here's what I think - consoles are becoming increasingly like pc's. One day they'll be more open source, and they'll have integrated operating systems similar to windows. You'll be able to download games direct to drive like the pc and mod games like on the pc. So my point is, one day I'll bet piracy will be a big issue for consoles as well. So stop saying "oh pc gaming is dead because of piracy" because if you think piracy can kill it then one day your precious consoles will be dead too.
Some people see Piracy as bad. Others not.
Oh don't give me that piracy argument. You know for every copy of Gears of War Pirated on the PC there were 10 bootleg Xbox 360 copies being sold on a street somewhere.
'coz I just built two. One for me and another for my brother :D.
PC gaming is where it is at. The four biggest attractions about the console was no installing, no patching, no compatibility and cheap. Patching and installing has become par for the course on consoles. At the launch of the current generation consoles their priced approaches that of a mid range gaming PC. Of all the reasons to be a console gamer only a lack of compatibility hassles are still a draw. But even that is only a half truth. TV and cord compatibility aside the new consoles are, for the most part, incompatible with older games. Leaving you the only choice to rebuy them. I don't care how many expansion for Fallout 3 have been released it is nothing compared to the ton of free mods.
I agree, PC gaming is looking more and more appealing. I haven't used a PC for gaming in a while, but I am planning on going back to it.
you forgot to add, better community. "No fanboy Wars". I can actually surf net for opinion about PC games instead of hit by bunch of immature comments.
As for PC gaming being expensive, most people have PCs at home that they change every 4-5 years, right...just add the price of a console + controllers, etc to the price of a regular PC and build yourself a mid range gaming rig. GPUs are cheaper now days, thanks to healthy competition, and if you don't want the latest and greatest you can manage to build a decent gaming rig for around 700-800$ with some shopping around.
PC gaming really is the most open-ended gaming experience available. You're free to choose your own hardware, and the better your hardware, the better games run. If you have a modern, up to date PC, games actually run better at higher resolutions than on the consoles. Piracy may be a problem, but that's just one aspect of the medium. The average PC owner updates their computer every 5 or so years and that's usually good enough to play a lot of current games. As well as that, upgrade costs are constantly coming down. 500 dollar-range GPUs can how be had for around 200-250 dollars, which is pretty darned good considering how powerful video cards are getting.
What is up with all these random "PC in not dead" articles written by these PC fanboys? Really, no one is saying PC gaming is dead and no one really cares. If anything, these articles only prove that they lack confidence in the item they are worshiping and is a sign of desperation for attention which they are apparently lacking off since they feel the need to constantly remind people of their existence.
go away. :D
I can't say I agree with #3 on that list at all. It's not just a new video card every couple of years, it's also a new CPU + MOBO + RAM every 4-5 years. That hardly beats a new console every 5-6 years, doesn't it?
Surely not, but most people also use their computers for other things besides gaming. A PC + console is more expensive than a PC + a good graphics card.
sorry guys but PC is cheap very cheap Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 £121 Nvidia GeForce 9600GT £71 ASROCK 4Core1600-GLAN P31 £44 4GB DDR2 PC2 6400 £32 this is all you need if you already have HDD, optical drive, Power supply and case, the CPU and the GPU will used less than 200watt, each HDD 5-15watt same with optical drive A good 400watt or anything below 550watt or this complete package only excluding monitor for less than £500 http://www.ebuyer.com/produ... all you need is a dvi to hdmi to put in ur hdtv easy
Those are valid points indeed, but I'm talking strictly from the gamer's perspective. Let me exemplify: I bought a new PC (a pretty good one) back in 2001, but I had to upgrade it in 2003 when NFS Underground was released. Yes the PC is loaded with cutting edge technology when compared to consoles, as is stated in the article. But frequently upgrading your PC in order to keep up with that technology is not more cost-effective than spending $300-400 on a new console every 5 years, contrarily to what is suggested in that particular point of the article. That's the only part of the article I'm disputing - cost effectiveness. After all, I'm PC gamer too.
cost effectiveness is determined by how high you want your graphics settings. I have steam friends that play cs source and cod4 on low/med on ancient (goin by my standards) pc's built around 2004. A lot of steam gamers if you've ever read the steam hardware survey have older pc's. Being on the cutting edge of technology is stupidly expensive and reserved only for the wealthy. it is not required to be a pc gamer.
Well, I can only guess why you had to upgrade your PC for NFS...shader model 2.0? This indeed was a hurdle for some people, but I know quite some guys that still play on the first card they bought that supported SM 2.0. You can be as cost-effective as a console, but not if you always want to play at high settings. Console games look incredible, when the console gen is still young, but VERY dated at the end of their lifespan. You can do the same with a PC, but you also have the option of advancing at a faster pace. Personally, I buy a completely new rig every two years. This cycle is the first one that I have broken this rule since a long time. Computer graphics have somehow reached a plateau, if you ask me, and there are only few games that require a top card to play at decent speeds and resolutions.
I hate to admit it, but I've been on the fence about buying a console for about 6 months now. That will never happen for several reasons. First, I love old games. I can still load up a game from 1997 without having colsoles, cables, cartriges/disks etc. laying all over my house. Not to mention I can play all the old console games anyway with an emulator. Second, It's my hobby. Building computers for gaming is fun and can be cheaper than the price of a new console if you look for deals as TABSF has shown in an above post. Modding is part of that too. I don't do it myself but I've played plenty of them. There are some very smart and creative people out there. Lastly, the community. There is not very many places to find news and reviews without all the immature fanboy commentary to go with it. I hate console fanboys and do not want to be put in the same pile with them, grow up. So, no. PC gaming will never die for those 10 reasons and then some.
"There is not very many places to find news and reviews without all the immature fanboy commentary to go with it. I hate console fanboys and do not want to be put in the same pile with them, grow up." Thank you.
I dont think PC gaming is dead, but I remember ALOT more shelf space devoted to PC games at stores like Gamestop 5 years ago.
True. I'm not sure but I think Gamestops follow local trends also. The one nearest my house has nothing for PC, but the one 20 miles away has a better selection than all the consoles. Steam, D2D etc. have alot to do with that also. There's not as big of a demand for hard copys anymore when it's easier and often cheaper to download. Steam has some sales that are too good to pass up, Empire: Total War 50% off. Retailers just don't do that.
Yeah,I guess with hard drive sizes getting so large, DL's would get even more popular. I do miss browsing the aisles though. And there used to be "asiles" too of PC games..Not just a little tree in the middle of the store with 40 games in it tops. But I cant help reading this articles "reasons" and saying to myself "niche market", "niche market"..etc Sure MMO's. WOW alone helped the PC game cause. Sure graphics/mod freaks would flock to a PC. Sure anyone looking for freeware would go to their PC.. Sure RTS games. I love Command and Conquer,but every console version I tried stank. Civilization Revolution is the first Civ game i found playable on a console (and still be fun).
You left out: Sure anyone wanting to play "hardcore" FPS titles with superior graphics, controls and online play. In other words, most of the console fanbase.
Fortunately places like Best Buy are picking up the slack
STEAM wasn't selling so many games via download.
That raises a interesting question. Which market has the most FPS shooters in it? In terms of variety and sales. "Hardcore" could mean "niche" as well you know. The article defends the notion that PC gaming isnt dead,but have the current consoles taken a bite out of it? I havent looked for data myself to know. Awesome avatar BTW. Big Bruce Campbell fan.
This...is my BOOMSTICK! Man, I love that movie. Anyway, absolutely the console market has taken a huge bite out of the PC FPS genre. It's common practice to sing the praises of a console shooter while quietly putting out an equal or sometimes even superior PC version with hardly any fanfare at all. I think the main reason articles like this exist is the PC crowd is a picky one. We don't need anyone to tell us what we like....we tell you. We turn a deaf ear to the developers (like Cliffy @ Epic)when they tell us we should feel priveliged to have their game come to the PC a year late and then dangle a sequel in our face like it's the greatest s**t ever made. We then buy some copies, play it, write up some reviews saying it's a good game and then move on to the next one while the devs are waiting patiently for their big kiss on the a** that never comes. We give praise with our wallets, not hundreds of articles and fanboy rants about how dev A is waaaay better than dev B and the XXX console is a piece of s**t compared to the the XXX. The PC is not going anywhere. People (console fanboys, devs) just think it is because we're not as vocal. I'm bubbled out so, peace
Nice post.This may help you get another bubble. I like my PC for gaming but like my console too.Depends on what type of game I feel like playing. The convienence and social aspects (offline) of consoles are hot buttons for me.
@Shiner You rock dude. You've said everything I would've said, but now I don't have to. Enjoy the bubble up man. :)
I use my pc for old games (just started Baldur's Gate 2) and emulators. My rig ain't good enough to play the latest and greatest PC games.
because it's the only place where developers never have to worry about limitions in tech although I must say they got to slow down on makeing system requirments higher and higher for upcomeing games after just one week
i think HIGH-END pc gaming is dead as one look at the release or sales chart shows.the last big pc exclusive crysis in nov07.thats why all the devs have jumped ship as there is more money in consoles and at least with consoles its a level playing feild without all the bugs and upgrade hassle which i find most pc gamers downplay thinking everyone is a computer expert.
n00b sorry mate enjoy your downgrade crysis with worse graphics, physics and AI less player, content and no editor all for most likely twice the price mate i got a gtx 285 and q6600 maxing crysis at 1920 by 1080 no bugs no crashes and only updates for free content hahahahaha
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