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Don't fear the beige box

Screen Play: "The attitude toward PC gaming in much of the gaming press these days puts me in mind of that great old Mark Twain quote: "Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated."

Copy-protection insanity aside, Spore has caused a major splash on the PC scene, and the coming months will see a series of highly-publicised PC game releases, including Crysis: Warhead, Fallout 3, Civilization IV: Colonization, Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3, Far Cry 2, Jumpgate Evolution, Rise of the Argonauts, and Saints Row 2.

Looking further into the future we also see Diablo 3, Starcraft 2, The Sims 3, and the Grand Theft Auto IV PC port. The big news about GTA IV is the list of new and improved features, exclusive to PC - including a replay editor (sorely missed from the console original), improved graphics, more realistic lighting, and smoother animation - meaning it will join such titles as Assassin's Creed and Mass Effect in having belated PC ports that substantially improve on their console originals. For those waiting with bated breath, GTA IV will be released on PC in November.

Despite these gaming goodies, however, many people are reluctant to get into PC gaming, or to return to it years after defecting to consoles. The two main culprits are complexity and expense."

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