Jimmy the Greek writes, "I'm no stranger to PC gamers though I am a bit of a stranger to PC gaming. I've never really understood the draw of PC gaming other than exclusive titles. Even the exclusive gangbusters don't merit purchasing a new computer every six months just to be able to enjoy the splendor of the latest addition in the epitome of nerd porn.
The gaming feudal system. Here's how the hierarchy goes in order of self perceived importance: PC gamers, Xbox 360/PS3 gamers, Wii, handhelds, last generation consoles, flash games, and finally specialty handhelds/plug and play games. As with all hierarchies shit always runs down hill and being a console gamer I'm sick of being shit on. "It's because the game was scaled back for the console versions that it wasn't as good as it could be." "It's because the developers took the additional time to program the console version that the game fell behind schedule."
I've made both remarks about the Wii, but hey, I'm higher on the chain of command. Concerning the first statement, maybe the game was shit to begin with? No matter how much money is thrown at the lofty goals, there isn't a decade's worth of time or enough programmers in India to include every single feature and make every graphic look better than reality. I suppose it's in true American tradition, if there's a flaw or shortcoming, it's always easiest to blame someone or something else.
For the second statement, the real current generation consoles are more powerful than the average home computer and with consoles you have to have the current generation to play the latest games, unless you still play on a PS2… peasant. So developers are making games for the average home computer, which happens to take the form of a console, in hopes of expanding their install base and in turn make more money. Excuse me all to hell, but that sounds dangerously like competent business planning. Also, being an Xboxer, I can point my finger at XNA and tell you to shove that lengthened development life cycle complaint firmly up your ass...."