Why Consoles Are Stuck In The Era of The Dinosaurs

PC and consoles have one major difference: proper digital delivery.

For PC you have these fine options:

*GOG – good old games to download in digital format for small price. PC rocks.

*Tons of more places to get indie and AAA games: Direct2Drive, Steam, Gamersgate… and more. I don’t need physical copies for PC, I can buy them in digital format.

The point is… if for example I want pretty much any game (that was published to) PC, I can get it. Consoles don’t have proper digital delivery. Yes, PS3 offers some demos via playstation network and sells some minis and classics and whatnot, but their catalogue is lacking badly. Xbox live is doing a better job in live area but if I understood correctly, you cannot get for example Alan Wake as a digital download. You (most likely) need to get a physical copy. Same with Wii and others.

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aceofspades3418d ago

because people are never happy with what they have.

what about the games? we have uncharted 2 god of war 3, halo reach, mass effect 2, gran tursimo 5 alan wake infamous 1, 2, resistance 2, demons souls, ffversus killzone 3.

i still game on a sd tv and im fine with it, because im not a tech whore, im a real gamer.

Seijoru3418d ago

Lol did you just say you still game on an sdtv.

All_4_One3418d ago

I game on an SDTV, it`s a little 20 inch Phillips. I keep my older systems like my PS2, genesis, gamecube, snses and others hooked up to it with one of those switch boxes. I only really play my 360 and PS3 on my HD.

SilentNegotiator3418d ago

So dinosaurs had better games than us?

nickjkl3418d ago (Edited 3418d ago )

wait a minute dinosaurs had electricity

WTF mind is blown

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cobraagent3418d ago

a real gamer is a gamer that doesn't care about tech and graphics?

M4ndat0ry_1nstall3418d ago (Edited 3418d ago )

A real gamer is someone who plays games for pure enjoyment whether alone or with others. Advances in tech and graphics are a bonus, gameplay should rule all.

Games should be fun and a form of entertainment.

WildArmed3418d ago

So are you implying people who only played Tetris aren't 'real' gamers?
gamer is anyone who enjoys gaming.. not someone who needs to have the best to enjoy a game. (heck u can have the NES and be a real gamer)

Trunkz Jr3418d ago (Edited 3418d ago )

lol calling yourself a real gamer is just something that makes you feel better because you can't afford to enjoy gaming at it's best. It's like calling yourself a real car driver because you drive a beat'em car and can't afford something with automatic windows - do you need them? no, but it makes using a car better.

Just because someone enjoys playing video games does not make them a REAL gamer, label yourself as Old School or somethin that makes more sense.

mcsm3418d ago (Edited 3418d ago )

the hell are you on about it doesn't matter what kind of car you drive or what that car has, you are still a real driver cause you can still DRIVE ,same goes for games.
if playing and enjoying games (regardless of graphics and tech) on your console or pc doesn't make you a gamer i dont know what will, do i need a hdtv or play a game with crazy graphics to be considered a real gamer ?

vickers5003418d ago

Sorry, mcsm, but I cannot seriously consider someone who only plays "farmville" a gamer. Some lines you do have to draw to separate certain people from others.

WildArmed3418d ago (Edited 3418d ago )

I dont think we were discusing a casual gamer vs a core gamer (which are complete different things.)

Btw, Trunks, I find your definition of a 'real' gamer quite ignorant.
Your not a real house owner until you own a 15 bedroom house w/ a swimming pool?
Oh, wow great logic there.

I know it's hard for people to digest Farmville as a game ( i know it is for me!), but its still counts as a casual game-- similar to how we depise calling Wii Sports/Fit a game.)

N4g_null3416d ago

By the way farmvillw is a real game the victory is in when you stop playing it. Also the junior guy only knows elitism. His game is envy. Which is sad because guys like that become slaves to how they want every one else to feel.

This article sucks pc gaming is not cool because of just the download or media type.

Man people must be running out of things to talk about.

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comp_ali3418d ago (Edited 3418d ago )

that's why I game on PC , not some dumped games with health regeneration or button mashing games.

BrianG3418d ago

You do know they have games on console without health regeneration or button mashing right? And they have games like that for the PC to, right?

A gamer is someone who plays games for the pure enjoyment of playing games. It doesn't matter if my PC has the latest graphics card, or if my console is hooked up to a 60 inch tv instead of a 36. I'll enjoy it either way, cause I enjoy games.

WildArmed3418d ago (Edited 3418d ago )

"im a real gamer.
that's why I game on PC"

That's like saying I'm not a fanboy, but PCs are the bestest and consoles/handhelds are not worth owning.

It's called being hypocritical.

punisher993418d ago

"im a real gamer.
that's why I game on PC , not some dumped games with health regeneration or button mashing games."

This has absolutely nothing to do with being a real gamer.

CountDracula3418d ago (Edited 3418d ago )

All you mentioned were 2 xbox the rest ps3 games (even obscure ones).

Maybe fanboysm is one thing keeping gaming evolution from happening?

rekof3418d ago (Edited 3418d ago )

Which ones? If you say Demons Souls ,.. You should be smacked,.. and go buy it yesterday !! Easily the best game this gen,.. EVARRRR (sorry resi4,Mgs,Zoe and zelda)

@comp ali,.. LOL ,.. I bet you I have a better gaming rig,..

console exclusives rape any multiplat that comes to PC,.. Hell put pscx2, dolphin emulators on your rig, buy a controller ,.. And SEE WHAT GAMING REALLY IS !!

gamerzBEreal173418d ago

he said halo reach mass effect 2 and alan wake

n4gno3418d ago

@jlg only fanboyism of blind fanboyz who don't want to see that ps3 has more great games (fact/reality), so people lists have logicly more ps3 games.

TrailerParkSupervisr3418d ago

but if you are seriously going to play GT5 on an SD tv, I don't get it. I made sacrifices to get my 1080p TV. I gave up some vices, skipped a couple meals and tightened the belt. It's one thing to not go by the latest and greatest tech out there but HD is pretty much mandatory to enjoy a good game.

We need to set up a PayPal account for Aceofspades. Would everyone donate a dollar for his cause?

KwietStorm3418d ago

What dont you get? Is it suddenly a different game on a tv with higher resolution? Before you say yes, no it is not. The graphics just have better clarity. What if a game sucks? Is it better because its in HD? A game is a game is a game.

N4BmpS3418d ago (Edited 3418d ago )

Yeah some of us aren't willing to skip a couple of meals and make heavy sacrifices for a HDTV that may or may not last past 5 years or so, I have a 50" Sony trinitron (I think that' what it is)I played a ton of great games on that TV and still enjoyed the experience and I plan on playing GT5 on that very same SDTV or I might play it on my small 15" HDTV. This is another thing I hate about the gamin community.

Kewl_Kat3418d ago

so playing on an hdtv makes a person a "tech whore"? i can imagine someone who grew up in the 60s calling you a tech whore just 'cause you bought an sdtv instead of sticking with radio =/

ChickeyCantor3418d ago

" i still game on a sd tv and im fine with it, because im not a tech whore, im a real gamer."
And people just disagree with me in the past when i say there is still a large group of gamers that play on a SD tv.

jneul3418d ago

well games are fun and innovative on ps3, honestly the HD just adds to immersion, to be honest ninty has done nothing new since GC days, it's all re-hashes, at least with ps3 we have loads of new I.P's made like Uncharted, Resistance, Infamous, EchoChrome etc.
I always prefer games that tell a better story and have better gameplay, and greater exportability -- for example I enjoyed WKC more than FF13, Now if i was such a so called whore don't you think I'd automatically chose FF13??

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Pandamobile3418d ago

Why is everyone on a tangent about who's the "real" gamer?

techpinger3418d ago

i love great graphics so i guess im not a real gamer, but i watched a movie on vhs last night so i guess im a real movie watcher.

if you call someone a fanboy(boston redcox fanboi!!!) or describe yourself as a real gamer(ppl who use a kindle arent real readers) youre fucking retarded

N2G3418d ago

PC Gaming is VERY POOR compared to CONSOLES. while PC has nice graphics it could never fullfill my gaming needs,i want AAA games & i want them all year long PC can't offer me this ,i will be lucky to play 1 AAA every 12 months on PC.

this is why consoles are the number 1 choice for gamers & are the developers main priority.

NintendoForever3418d ago

tell me why PC gaming is better?wheres uncharted 1 and 2 and god of war 3 at?and wheres the decent harvest moon and rune factory and zelda games at?sure as hell not on PC thats why console gaming pretty much OWNS pc gaming dunno why you're calling someone retarded when there just telling the truth..

Pandamobile3418d ago (Edited 3418d ago )

Okay NintendoForever, where's your StarCraft 2? Where's your Penumbra? Where's your Garry's Mod? Where's your Starwars: The Old Republic? Where's your Diablo 3, or your World of Warcraft?

I love how you idiots continue to live in this deluded mindset where you all think that there are no PC exclusives, or any games for that matter.

If all you want is exclusive games, then that's a pretty sad way to game, and either way, PC has the most exclusive games coming out in the next year than any other platform.

This guy lists off every exclusive game for every platform (Wii, 360, PS3, PC).

Persistantthug3418d ago (Edited 3418d ago )

Obviously,it wouldn't be the first time a Diablo game was on consoles.

Hell, if I remember right, even Warcraft 2 was on Consoles.

The reason will be because Activision's Greed has shown to rub of on Blizzard lately....

kind of a case of, "the apple doesn't fall far from its tree."

Diablo 3 to consoles confirmed.....rather, it will be.
You can pretty much count on it.

Pandamobile3418d ago (Edited 3418d ago )

Yeah, Okay.

The only chance of that happening are if Blizzard did some horrible console version like they've done in the past, where it's barely even the same game. Seriously, given the track record for Blizzard's games on consoles, I wouldn't hold my breath.

Persistantthug3418d ago (Edited 3418d ago )

I actually owned that version (got it free from my job) and not only can I attest FIRST HAND that the game (PS1 version) was good....

But all the magazines gave it good scores too. EGM gave it an 8.5 and 8.0.

I know you wanna hate consoles and everything, but, respectfully, you should balance the hate with some least a little.

I will say that the PC version was better yes...that would be true.

At any rate, yeah...expect Diablo 3 to console...if you think about really feels about that time anyways since Consoles are pretty much Computers anyways.

Edit in....
And quit sayin "no it will never happen"...because just a few short months ago, if I told you Valve was gonna bring a version of Steam to consoles, and say they want PC and console gamers to PLAY TOGETHER, you would have said no to that too.

So with due respect, my should give the Console hate a rest....seriously.

You're kinda losing your "hate crusade", Pandamobile

Letros3418d ago

"So with due respect, my should give the Console hate a rest....seriously."

Pot calls the kettle....

jy_mrnd3418d ago

I agree with pandamobile i game only on PC as well.I have over 170 PC games on steam don't care about a few console exclusives!

Persistantthug3418d ago (Edited 3418d ago )

It's like...

How can you even be a satisfied gamer and NOT have a console?

No Red Dead? No Uncharted? God Of War? No Madden? No MLB THE SHOW? No Metal Gear? No Alan Wake? No Heavy Rain? No Super Street Fighter? No Gran Turismo? No Valkyria Chronicles? No Halo? No LBP 1 or 2? No Infamous?
It's more than just a few.
Honestly, I can't possibly see how anyone can get there fill without a console.

You're missing out on the latest and greatest "hot sh17*.

Maybe one day you'll get a console so you aren't deprived of the Industries best games.

Pandamobile3418d ago

What console hate? Me saying that Diablo 3 won't come to consoles isn't a definition of hatred. I've got a PS3 sitting right in front of me for the few console exclusives that actually interest me.

N4g_null3416d ago

What is funny is you have all the tools on a pc to make games way more fun than a AAA console game. You have so many free modes that pc games last years and the indie scene is just getting better because console games are causing lay offs. A console can die off a pc can not.

Hey but they are both fun they both push different sides of gaming.

On top of it all no lone fanboys have a say in the matter since no one can speak for the whole.

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KwietStorm3418d ago

Just because you have no knowledge of what great games are available on PC, doesn't mean the platform has no games.

salinidus3418d ago

Ok so pc gaming which forces you to have top of the line hardware (which can run you upwards of $900, if you wanna play good games) is better than consoles in its method of delivery and retention of older games. thats why most consoles have some sort of backwards compability. (ps3 will have it again for their newer models when the ps2 stops being sold.) and the reason for hard disk media is that most people don't have the extremely high bandwidth to download 7+ gigs of data for just one game

whitesoxfalife3418d ago

i've been a gamer for 25yrs i love tech that moves forward