Former Microsoft games man Peter Moore said in 2006 that his company had been "derelict in its duty" to the PC gaming market. The owner of the Windows platform hasn't done enough to support the games that appear on the OS or the overall experience, he said.
But ardent PC backer Stardock, the developer behind Galactic Civilizations, publisher of Sins of a Solar Empire and creator of the newly-released digital distribution service Impulse, said that Microsoft shouldn't be wholly blamed for any perceived lack of progress in the PC gaming sector.
"It's not Microsoft's fault," believes Wardell. "Yes, PC gaming needs a champion. That's one of the things that drove us to do Impulse. ... But we've seen what happens when Microsoft tries to implement useful things in their operating system. They get sued."