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Are consoles taking over gaming, or just catching up?

The predictions that PC gaming is on the way out seem to be fairly common these days. It's an argument that's easy to support with a seemingly endless stream of statistics showing console ownership on the rise and a shrinking number of PC exclusive A-list titles. Hell, this morning 360 owners are already playing the Bioshock demo, and us PC gamers are hoping they haven't forgotten about us.

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THE HIVE MIND3628d ago

pc gaming is dead or at least dying
if you look at sells from computer gaming
you will see one game at the top of the list
World of Warcraft

thats they only game that a mass media market still plays
it still has potential
but that aside
concole gaming is where its at
xbox 360 and ps3
if your a gamer thats where your at
concole in the past 3 years have taken a run and go jumped over pcs head
and kicked them right in the face
they only game thats going to come out next year for pc
is crysis
between that everything else will be ported to concole
take a look
haze ,ut3,C&C, and ages of the empires
it wont be long for the pc gamers will be holding there dead mouses in there hands hahah sluts

Rooted_Dust3628d ago

I don't care that console gamers get ports of the same PC games I play. I do care that the version that I play on my PC is superior to the console version. Consoles are for gamers without the money, interest, or skill for PC hardware and games. You can't mod or controll your system, and you can't get a full online experience without paying a premium (Xbox, not PS3). Don't bring PC gaming into your pathetic console war("b!tch, b!tch...my sales are better than your sales") So go and enjoy your 10 year hardware cycles, you tool.

WafflesID3628d ago

Ehhh I gotta disagree with the "Consoles are for gamers without the money, interest, or skill for PC hardware and games." statement.

Well...maybe...

I started to really think about it, and then decided that you probably are right. In my case, I used to play call of duty (for the PC) at a very high level. But trying to keep up with the hardware became costly. I like the ease and convienence of console gaming. And plus of all my local friends, I Was the only PC gamer :) If you can't kick their butts in the game of your choice, join theirs :)

Skill doesn't have anything to do with it though. There are some incredibly gifted people out there with a mastery of the gamepad that equals some of the top PC gamers in the world.

Rooted_Dust3628d ago

Here's the list for 2007-2008 for PC games. There not all exclusives but who cares?

# A Vampyre Story - Late 2007
# Age of Conan - October 30th 2007
# Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties - Fall 2007
# Aion: The Tower of Eternity - 2008
# Alan Wake - 2008
# Alone in the Dark: Near Death Investigation - Late 2007
# American McGee's Grimm Tales - Spring 2008
# Assassin's Creed - November 2007
# BioShock - August 24th 2007
# Black Noise - 2008
# Blacksite: Area 51 - September 2007
# Brothers in Arms 3: Hell's Highway - Late 2007
# Call of Duty 4: Modern Combat - Fall 2007
# Codename Panzers: Cold War - Late 2007
# Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts - October 2007
# Clive Barker's Jericho - Late 2007
# Cryostasis - 2008
# Crysis - November 16th 2007
# Devil May Cry 4 - Fall 2007
# Dimensity - Late 2007
# Dragon Age - 1st Quarter of 2008
# Drakensang: The Dark Eye - 1st Quarter of 2008
# Dungeon Hero - 2009
# Elveon - Late 2007
# Empire Earth III - Fall 2007
# Enemy Territory: Quake Wars - September 28th 2007
# EverQuest 2: Rise of Kunark - November 2007
# Evil Under the Sun - October 2007
# Exodus from the Earth - 2008
# Fallout 3 - Fall 2008
# Far Cry 2 - 2008
# Frontlines: Fuel of War - January 2008
# Galactic Assault - Fall 2007
# Galactic Command: Talon Elite - Late 2007
# Gears of War - 2008
# Gods & Heroes - Fall 2007
# Gray Matter - 1st Quarter of 2008
# Guild Wars: Eye of the North - August 31st 2007 (screenshots)
# Guild Wars 2 - 2009
# Half Life 2: Episode 2 - October 12th 2007
# Hard to be a God - September 2007
# Haze - Late 2007
# Heavy Rain - 2008
# Hei$t - Fall 2007
# Hellgate London - November 2nd 2007
# Hero - 2nd Quarter of 2008
# Hero's Journey - Late 2007
# Heroes of Might & Magic V: Tribes of the East - Fall 2007
# Hollow - 2007
# Huxley - 2nd Quarter of 2008
# Hydrophobia - 2008
# Interstellar Marines - 2007
# Jack Keane and the Dokktor's Island - Fall 2007
# Jagged Farm - Summer 2007
# Kane & Lynch: Dead Men - Late 2007
# King's Bounty - Late 2007
# Left 4 Dead - 1st Quarter of 2008
# LEGO Universe - Summer 2008
# Loki - August 24th 2007
# Mata Hari - 2nd Quarter of 2008
# Medal of Honor: Airborne - August 28th 2007
# Medieval II: Kingdoms - Fall 2007
# Mercenaries 2: World in Flames - Fall 2007
# NecrovisioN - 2008
# Need for Speed: Pro Street - November 2007
# Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer - October/November 2007
# Officers - Fall 2007
# Operation Flashpoint 2 - 2008
# POSTAL III - 2008
# Precursors - Fall 2007
# Red Faction 3 - 2008
# Sabotage - Late 2007
# Saboteur - 2008
# Sacred 2: Fallen Angel - 1st Quarter of 2008
# Sam & Max: Season 1 - August 28th 2007
# Savage 2: A Tortured Soul - Fall 2007
# Serious Sam 3 - 2008
# Settlers VI: Rise of an Empire - September 2007
# Seven Kingdoms: Conquest - Late 2007
# Severity - 2008
# Shattered Suns - October 5th 2007
# Sim City: Societies - Late 2007
# Sinking Island - September 2007
# Sins of a Solar Empire - February 2008
# Space Siege - Fall 2008
# Speedball 2 (remake) - Fall 2007
# Splinter Cell: Conviction - Late 2007
# Spore - 2nd Quarter of 2008
# Starcraft 2 - 2008
# Stargate Worlds - 2008
# Stranglehold - Summer 2007
# Sun Age - September 2007
# Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance - November 2007
# Tabula Rasa - October 2007
# Team Fortress 2 - Fall 2007
# The Agency - 2008
# The Chronicles of Spellborn - Late 2007
# The Crossing - 2008
# The Golden Horde - Late 2007
# The Path - 1st Quater of 2008
# The Secret World - Late 2008
# The Show - 2nd Quarter of 2007
# The Tomorrow War - 2007
# The Witcher - September 2007
# Timeshift - September 2007
# Tom Clancy's EndWar - 1st Quarter of 2008
# Turning Point: Fall of Liberty - Late 2007
# Universe at War: Earth Assault - Late 2007
# Universe Online - 2009
# Unreal Tournament 3 - November 2007
# Warhammer Online - 1st Quarter of 2008
# Warmonger - Fall 2007
# WitcheS - 2008
# Wolfenstein 2 - 2008
# World in Conflict - September 18th 2007
# World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King - 2008
# Worldshift - Late 2007

WafflesID3628d ago

Wow, it's not enough you have xbox/playstation fanboys going after each other, then you got chowder clowns like the idiot above who have to go after PC gaming.

PC gaming and Console gaming are different. Plain and simple. EVERY generation of consoles you see this discussion. Guess what? PC gaming has provided the technology you see in your current consoles.

I went with the 360 because upgrading my PC this time around would required an entirely new PC from the ground up. My AGP setup reach it's end.

It took a LONG time to switch from mouse+keyboard to gamepad, but I'm getting pretty decent. There is still no comparison, but at least it isn't an issue that stops me from playing the games.

PC gaming will always be around. The line will keep getting blurred to the point that they might one day become one and the same though. Consoles with upgradable video cards, sound cards, etc. That would actually be incredibly cool. I would almost put money on the next generation having this feature.

Although one of the main strengths of console gaming is that EVERYONE is on equal footing. With my PC I could throw enough money into my rig to actually get a competitive advantage. Someone who can run at 1600x1200+ and NEVER drop below 60FPS with every graphical feature enabled and a $70 mouse, and a high-speed low latency broadband connection will have an advantage over someone with an onboard video card and a $15 mouse and a $20 netzero connection :) It's a simple fact.

Rooftrellen3628d ago

PC gaming isn't about to die. However, I do believe it will slow down. No one wants to have to spend a lot of money to upgrade their computer every 4 months to play the newest games. It's good to push limits, but not as much as PC games are doing now.

PC gaming offers the best online experiance you can get, period, and if for no other reason, that will keep it alive. However, because of the lower costs of console gaming, I do believe that PC games will need to slow down and be usable on technology that was around last month. I've seen some minimum requirements for PC games that I don't think exist yet (looking at Stranglehold)!

PC gaming will never die, though, unless all games start requiring cutting edge technology, and, let's face it, that's not going to happen because there is simply no money to be made with games that require so much.

Rhezin3628d ago

PC gamers get A LOT of good games, that's why I'm glad MS is partnering with PC-Friendly games, because they RULE! (Bioshock) (Left 4 Dead) But I still think playing PC is a bit more expensive if you want the full experience, plus I hate keyboard and mouse, I love having simple buttons to press and a trigger for FPS like a controller has, but still a PC expierence is like no other.

unsunghero283628d ago

PC gaming has a lot of advantages over console gaming (better multiplayer, better graphics, better controls for shooters, larger scale, etc. etc.) , but they're all detracted from by the excessive price. Unlike hardcore consoles, hardcore PCs are purchased only by the most dedicated gamers.

I actually could see the Wii being a big part of the industry shift; the Wii will bring a lot of nongamers to enjoy console gaming, which will lead to a larger lead of consoles over PCs.

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