In the landscape of gaming there has always been a rift, a line, a separation. On one side there are the consoles – relatively cheap and designed to be easy to use by all. Just pop in your disc, pick up your controller and you’re on your way.
no. its alive. just not as popular as console gaming.
for someone it's funny to play WoW or Counterstrike for 10 years :)
No its alive and more popular than console gaming, seen how many gaming PC's there are on the market?
I own all of the consoles, but I have the most fun with my PC. Nothing is better than seeing my games running at 60 frames per second in 1920x1080 with all settings maxed on my 50" TV. I only own the consoles for their exclusives. PC gaming FTW. :D
Console gaming is just more commercialized and not as "nerdy" but PC gaming is just as big. With Blizzard and Bioware pumping out PC games, I wouldnt expect it to die anytime soon. All I know is I cant freaking wait for SC2 and Star Wars TOR
Just a note, Steam's 25 million accounts mean, that in Jan, 25 million unique account were logged onto Steam. It tell you nothing about total number of accounts, and thus cannot be compared the the types of false figures released by M$ and Sony of total created accounts. I do love PC gaming, mods, most exclusive games of all platforms, exclusive genres, Full HD graphics, AA, better graphics, dedicated servers, mouse and keyboard support, controller support, digital distribution...
Its the most popular platform World wide. World wide. Thats right.
lol when M$ and Sony have to start over again pc gaming will STILL be standing at the top looking down and laughing at the fools fighting each other for its scraps.
pc gaming is very alive just not mainstream like console
Gay-stream? what ever happened to self identity? oh well who cares huh?
I wouldn't say dying. Just not spotlighted enough, theres a HUGE selection of PC games...actually PC games are doing better than most. If you put Farmville in perspective, they are probably doing the best. I can tell you how many times I've had someone come in just to buy Farmville cards...that's some CHEE$E right there.
consoles are dying portables are dying pcs are dying baby kittens are dying
AM I DYING?!?!
yes you are. we all are...
its more popular than mainstream, because of games like world of warcraft, runescape ect, mmorpgs will always be on pc and will always be the most played games. stupid artical.
It is alive and well. Just whenever someone thinks of PC gaming the first thing that comes to mind is overly addicted World of Warcraft players. Instead of gamers just like console players that want the same games.
wii-71 million x360-40 million ps3-36 million steam-25 million( some users have multiple accounts and you don't have to even buy a game to be considered a user)
You do not state how many multi accounts the other platforms have? not to mention accounts that are no longer active or used. I have a mate that has 9 accounts on his 360 and 6 are Live Gold accounts. So just working from my mate as a base figure for your x360 - 40 million 40,000,000 / 9 = only 444,444 accounts. See what I mean? Troll smarter not harder dude. EDIT: Also I can log onto stream at any given time and play games with over 2 million users online. Not sure how many users would be on Live/PSN at any one time but Steam has a lot going for it and is much more user orientated that the latter 2 services.
He was actually using sales figures for the other consoles, so multi-accounting doesn't really come into it. HOWEVER, he was still comparing sales figures to the amount of active Steam users in January 2010 (those who had logged in and viewed Steam in any way). There are also tens of millions of PC gamers not using Steam, I have several friends who had never heard of it yet played MMOs, FPSs, RPGs and more on PC. I love both my Xbox and my PC, I don't understand why PC gamers must hate console gamers as if they are lesser people with less of a 'right' to game. This article is stupid, too, we've seen these articles fairly consistently for a good 5+ years (probably over 10) and nothing has come of it, PC gaming will most certain not die, at least in the next 20 years (god knows what technology may kill other technology in the future).
you realise that despite the huge number of steam users..that there are still by far more pc gamers who do not use steam...
LOL steam doesn't even cover half of the pc gaming market. I'd say a good 30%. I'd say Battle.net and steam probably have around the same amount. if not more considering starcraft tourny's in korea draw about 60-70k spectators. I've heard of 100k
steam doesn't cover all of pc gaming there's xfire, D2D, GOG, impulse and a lot of people that just buy off Amazon or Newegg
PC is dieing? lol ahaha no way
Steam + Battle.Net _______________ \End of thread\
I been hearing this nonsense since 1998.
who keeps saying pc gaming is dying lol. i'm not even a pc gamer and i know that pc gaming is thriving.
building my first pc tomorrow. im stoked
it's fun to build your own rig good luck with it
Thanks man! I'm glad I didn't buy a pre-assembled.
First thing that came to my mind when I ordered all the parts and they came in, opening all those boxes and laying them out on the table, was an astounding "Oh shit". Now I've got this beautiful hulk beside me not only humming away but also blowing everything I throw at it out of the water, good luck on your first rig, you're going to feel really good once you put that baby together and boot it up.
I'm kinda going in with that expectation, but I'll probably be feeling overwhelmed at the start. But I know it will be a valuable experience for me. It already has been as I've learned more about the motherboard and the speeds of everything and which parts to buy and which to avoid. The only thing I haven't really researched( and this might be rookie but) which keyboard/mouse is a good gaming asset? Razer, Microsoft or LG?? (Just naming a few brands off the top of my head.)
As for periphials, a mouse is really a personal preference, some things to look out for are, Weight, Wired/wireless, button count, size, there are so many things that will feel good to you but not to the next person, try to find some gaming mice in a store, Best Buy will have a few, but not a lot. Read some reviews that mention some of the things I mentioned to see if they fit you. Also 2000 DPI is more than adequate, don't fall for the number marketing. Also, invest in a good mouse pad, it makes a huge difference in your game!
have fun with that =) And enjoy !
I didn't build my PC for Gaming for nothing.
i dont like pc gaming-if your on the wrong os you cant enjoy games from 2-3 years ago-total BS
The hell are you talking about? I can play games from 1998 just fine on 64 bit Windows 7
WTF are you talking about Nugundam? Just because you're TOO STUPID to get it to work, doesnt mean it doesnt work. Having a different OS causes games from 2-3 years ago to be unplayable? Then please explain to me how I'm still able to play G-Nome, Swarm Assult, DX-Ball2, Worms Armageddon, A-10 Cuba, and both my Doctor Brain games?
rofl how do you think people play starcraft you think everyone still boots windows 98
Just because PC games aren't as mainstream in North America as console games are doesn't mean the platform is dying. Just ask Russia and Korea if PC gaming dying.
the underground societies of fairies. and the whole world of people who GET IT
I find it funny that for so many years I keep seeing that PC gaming is dying yet you see games like BFBC2 PC doing just fine. It's a load of crap to even think PC gaming is dying, it will never die and will only get better with time.
where is conloles with his troll commentary???
PC is not dying, it's far from dying. PC gaming is more of a niche than mainstream but it's far from dying. This is old nonsense since over a decade ago.
Game journalism is dying This is like the 10th article on this. Then 10 articles where x game should be. Then 10 on why kinect is bad. 20 screenshot comparisons. Then a "will ps MOVE you?" pun titled article daily
Apparently it's dying every month.
and the ps3 died 3 years ago lol
Any PC gamers here....grab those TN panel monitors and throw them in the bin...last night for shits and giggles I connected my PC up to my 40" KDL-EX500 sony bravia....I saw colour grades I did not know existed... I subsequently got rid of my desk and got a USB extension cord for my midget keyboard cable and gaming never looked so good... Down with desk gaming...
How many fucking times will we have the same article ? No its not give up trying to get lame hits.
you alreay have 5 bubbles but you deserve more, you are one of the few real 'gamers' here that do nto suck corporate c0ck, bubbles and respect
steam has 25 million impulse has 10 million Direct2 drive has 7 million Amazon.com has 50 million worldwide people buy pc games in retail stores about 80 million PC SHITS ON CONSOLES in every possible way; Cheaper Looks 2-500x better Free Maps Mods Dedicated servers backward compatible (I'm replaying Baldurs Gate 2 on my $400 laptop with win 7 64 btw it is way more powerful than a 360 and its portable) You decide how bad ass you want it to be You can actually play with over 16 people without it turning into lag fest 30 frames per second is fucking shit....50-60 is better, over 60 ....yummmy Console online is full of annoying little boys that sound like girls .... there so much more I own all cosoles but never play anything but their exclusives. You favorite console (ps3, 360, wii) will be in a garage sale in 3 years...it's a throw away item... I will still be gaming on a pc in twenty years....you'll still be pulling sony an MS pubes from your braces.
Hell yea man, I just wished i was playing pc gaming years ago.
game on pc worldwide than all consoles combined..... btw....the xbox 360 40 million figure is fucking bull....I have personally owned 4 of them...the store had to buy a new one every time i returned it...if you send your shit to microsoft for repair you are a drone......make tha fuking store swap it.
How does that make ANY sense!? If you get your console repaired for free under 3 year warranty you're a drone? Idiot. You can't swap it in-store if you are within the 2 years extended warranty proceeding the initial year.
Just admit it everyone PC gaming is a fad...the longest lasting fad in the history of fads...but a fad none the less... In the face of record profits ( and increasing year on year ) gaming journalists remain defiant in their refusal to accept a platform that is not sold at Toys 'R' Us...
Without Blizzard and Valve it would be dead but since they're both alive and kicking it's doing just fine imo.
the only thing I don't like in pc gaming is the multiplayer online not social thing. Playing online and online over and over again is getting on my nerves. What I like the most is haveing friends come over at my house and having some fun on the same game! yes Lan party are awesome, we done it so much time, but I'm finally bored of always having to move my pc around, since I don't have a gaming laptop, because of lacking money. Playing online is just not doing it for me at all! system link (LAN) is the freaking way to go for me and with starcraft 2 for exemple, online only, it's like WTF blizzard?!?!?!? at least we can play in Lan also, just need to connect ourselves on the same connection and Voila, but still, removing the option pissed me off. good old times when we were having a freaking big bunch of PC together and playing some unreal tournament or counter strike! That's probably the only reason why people is thinking pc gaming is in decline. You don't hear and see many PC gamers compared to consoles gamers because pc gamers are at home, alone, playing games online with friends on the net. Consoles gamers are at a friends house and brought his console of choice to play on splitscreen with his friends. I don't care what other people says, it's like that and probably will never change. the only way it could change is if steam would be on a console (PS3 portal 2 announcment?!?!?) and keyboard and mouse support addition on this too. RTS would be nice to play with that on consoles. so much more control.... It would widen the community and let people that doesn't have a lot of money, the possibility to have a midterm pc to play games.
They are just not as a popular market as consoles right now.
Apparently not, If Bobby Kotick is on a mission to get people to buy gaming PC's, you know its booming.
how many "PC gaming is dieing" posts do we get on n4g every month now? get it right it is NOT dieing
PC = 1 billion served and 100% of those are capable of playing some sort of game
I don't think one person in these comments spelled "dying" right. "Dieing" refers to cutting or shaping an object with a die.
long live pc gaming!
Ill give you the short and sweet answer... NO now for the long one... HELL NO!!
PC's still here, and actually I've got too much games to play. I play like at least 4 hours a day, but there are just so many games... Finished gothic 3 yesterday, still ahve DOW 2 to finish, GTA: EFLC to jerk with, just cause 2 I didn't finish and I'm in the wolr dwar 2 with close combat longest day. And did I mention the little TF2 play here and there? I need more damn time ! Luckily I don't like SC2, so july will be empty, but mafia 2's coming too fast :p
I don't game on pc's anymore because it was too much hassle for me, for a start you know that all your games will work with consoles, wheras with pc's when I did game I was always having to upgrade my pc more often than what I had to buy new consoles, it got expensive in the long run, just to play on the latest games. My ps3 keeps me happy for gaming experiences and my pc has ubuntu 10 on it, I got fed up of windows as well, and apparently steamworks is meant to be coming on it, so maybe I might still be able to play a couple of old games on it, but I am not going out of my way this time for pc gaming.
You should revisit it, Windows 7 is miles ahead of XP, and with Steam everything just works, there are no headaches, no hunting down patches, you just double click and game, I too shared your consoles just work attitude years ago but it has been revolutionized. As for upgrades go, playing games at console image quality requires a $100 GPU and $100 CPU, that would last you until PS4/720 comes out. Then again a GTX 460, a $200 card, will provide graphic fidelity miles ahead of what you see on consoles. But in the end its about games, if your happy with what PS3 provides, PC can only really give you exclusive RTS/MMO/Sim games, cheaper software, much better communities, and having multiplatforms look damn good, if thats not for you then no need to get back in the game, but we will see how PC shapes up in years to come.
Hey, that's no fair. The 460 just came out ysterday! But it's a beauty of a card. I was sold on it yesterday. Will most definately upgrade over my 9800GTX+ At $200, ATI is really going to have a tough time on their hands matching it, due to its overclockabliity up to 5850 levels!