Ken Levin: If you want to know the future of gaming, buy a PC

For PC Gaming Week, Kotaku has invited top creators to predict the future of computer gaming. Today, we hear from Ken Levine, head of Irrational Games, the heralded studio behind System Shock 2, BioShock and the forthcoming BioShock Infinite.

"After a long day in front of a PC, the last thing I want to do is come home and sit in front of a PC."

The Future of PC Gaming, According To The Lead Creator Of BioShock

I hear this all the time from game developers.

It is not something you'll hear from me.

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NYC_Gamer2822d ago (Edited 2822d ago )

PC is always moving software/hardware forward :)

zootang2822d ago (Edited 2822d ago )

This guy didn't develop for the PS2 because it was a "pain in the butt" of course he is going to say that.

Letros2822d ago

Never mind that what he says is true...of course it's always a mass conspiracy against anything Sony related on N4G.

zootang2822d ago (Edited 2822d ago )


No, just that he takes the easy option. Which tends to be a sign of laziness. A great developer would want to challenge themselves and I'm surprised to see that he doesn't seem to like the challenging option.


Calling me a Sony tard says more about you my friend. We are all gamers here.

Active Reload2822d ago

Nyc gamer, what software are you talking about?

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nix2822d ago (Edited 2822d ago )

yeah... he is right. i'm sitting in my living room and reading this on my HD tv n typing this using my PS3. now THAT was what MS wanted to do... move into the living room, that's why they got xbox systems bcoz putting a PC in the living room is ridiculous.

personally i can't keep updating every 1/2 years... console it is for me.

@Substance101 (below): yeah you are right. we all throw our old consoles in the dump yard every time we purchase new system. as if your "GOW3 is for kids" wasn't enough. just go and upgrade your comp already while i play GOTY games on my console.

Substance1012822d ago (Edited 2822d ago )

"personally i can't keep updating every 1/2 years... console it is for me"

Personally i cant keep paying Sony or Microsoft an extra tax per game then have no gaurantees for BC... PC it is for me.

Upgrading every 3-4years cheaper then paying Sony or Microsoft a tax per game.

Sarcasm2822d ago

One thing he's forgetting is all the great console only developers like Insomniac, Naughty Dog, Sony Santa Monica. But he does have a point that most of the developers did come from the PC. But guess what, most of them have turned their backs on the PC community with a lot of consolized PC games. So Bioshock Infinite better be twice as good than the consoles if he wants to back up his own words and I'm not just talking about graphics.

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Fan Tastic2822d ago

PC's may be more technically advanced but the consoles like PS3, PS2, Super NES, etc ALWAYS have the best software line up.

plb2822d ago

"Best" is rather subjective.

Pandamobile2822d ago

Best, biggest, both can apply to PC games.

visualb2822d ago (Edited 2822d ago )

but to say "TEH PC IS TEH ONLY ONE" is f*cking retarded and narrow sighted.

if that were the case, consoles wouldn't exist, and some of the best games ever wouldn't be console exclusives.

this PC vs Consoles argument is only kept alive by immature bystanders on both sides

do both you goddamn babies


like your attitude. immature.

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killzowner2822d ago

Pc is always moving hardware forward, but consoles are superior in terms of game software and always have been tbh.

Pandamobile2822d ago


When the industry is dominated by multi platform games, where do you think the best place to play those multi platform games is?

Just about every big name game released in the last 4 years is also on PC except for the ones made by first party console studios.

killzowner2822d ago (Edited 2822d ago )

Because multiplatform games are much better - higher rated and win more GOTY awards than exclusives! /s

Multiplats have to be played on PC, but console exclusives can't be missed out on - they're the best games of this and any gen.

Substance1012822d ago (Edited 2822d ago )


Multiplats are 95% of gaming. How many good exclusives did Sony give you this year?

All i can remember is GOW 3 which mostly caters to kiddies and only a 6hour game and you got heavy rain which personally think is boring, rather watch a movie.

Asides that what have you gotten? oh yea there is GT5 which is constantly delayed.

Id say most of the games out this year were multiplats and those were superior and cheaper on PC.


GOW at best is mindless button mashing, sorry but thats true. It hasnt evolved much from the PS2 days. Even if it does serve your gaming needs its a very short game, you gonna keep playing that all year long? i dont see any replayability in it.

killzowner2822d ago

I stopped reading after "GOW 3 which mostly caters to kiddies"
F*cking FAIL

IaMs122822d ago

Hmmm PC has had many exclusives that eventually turned into multiplate because they were amazing.

PC has many games, exclusive, but you are right this gen is lacking very much so, but if you mean last gens? Where have you been then?

nix2822d ago

i keep hearing about how great the PC gaming is but why is it that every year a CONSOLE game keeps winning the GOTY... that too the games that win are mostly EXCLUSIVES... thats the scene for the last 3-4 years.

evrfighter2822d ago (Edited 2822d ago )

gow3 was repetitive as all hell. Wish the fanboys would quit trying to shove "bet game evar!" down people's throats.

I've not come across ANY ps3 exclusive that has any replay value whatsoever. They are all fire and forget.

fooltheman2822d ago

Don't play it on Easy people

DeathMetal2822d ago (Edited 2822d ago )

you know that everyone and their mother has a different GOTY, it's not like it's the Oscars. OK Uuncarted, 2 MGS4, before that many had fallout 3, bioshock, both on Pc and much better by the way. and go ahead and pencil in Diablo 3 as one when it comes out.

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himdeel2822d ago

..."If you want to know real car performance buy a Ferrari." If you have a lick of common sense you'd know this BUT if you're not willing to keep up with the Joneses then a console is probably a tad more reasonable for the average Joe/Jane.

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toaster2822d ago

Feels good to be part of the Master Race. With technology that leads the industry, not follow, PC will always be on top.

Cenobia2822d ago

Well of course a Cylon would say that.

chasegarcia2822d ago (Edited 2822d ago )

Consoles have also lead the industry with motion controls, new genres like guitar hero,media discs,etc.

Letros2822d ago (Edited 2822d ago )

Technically a mouse is a motion controlled device...which consoles are still trying to play catch up on.

Then there's also Sixense,

Corrwin2822d ago

But whilst PC games will always look better, I moved from PCs to consoles so I wouldn't have to worry about the future.

comp_ali2822d ago

Good luck buying a new console when in 2012 or something.

Belasco2822d ago

More like 2020 at this rate

dirthurts2822d ago

It should have died 2 years ago...
talk about dragging out hardware. At least it's cheap???