"PC gaming is dying!" has been a pretty regular refrain in the games industry over the last, well, forever. Whenever the venerable platform posts comparatively low retail sales results or another PC developer/PC franchise makes its way consoleward, someone is there to prophesise the doom of the platform as a whole. IGN thought it was high time they took a look at the health of the PC platform from as objective a viewpoint as possible. Is it really in trouble? Are the success of franchises like The Sims and games like World of Warcraft merely aberrations? How has the role of the platform changed over the last few years?