A few words about dying PC-gaming.

Posted: January 15, 2011 in Games, Polls

Blizzard Entertainment has sold over 4.7 million copies of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm in the first month after its release. And that saddens me, my friends.

Think about it. An expansion set, an addon to the game that was originally released back in 2004, easily beats StarCraft 2 in less than 30 days! MMORPG is still the most popular game-genre among PC players, and that what weakens PC as a gaming platform. There is no need to go and buy yourself an upgrade in form of a new graphics card if the only thing you do on your computer is overplaying the game that is 6 years old! Low demand for new and powerful hardware leads to some financial difficulties for the companies that develop it, forcing them to find alternative ways to stay alive, which, overall, slows the progress badly.

Game developers can’t develop new games with high quality graphics for PCs, because they wouldn’t be able to sell them to anyone. Nobody has a computer that could run these games on high settings! The only way to survive is to make games for consoles, Xbox 360 and/or PlayStation 3, but the progress in video-game industry is going slow anyway, because those platforms don’t have to compete with PC anymore…

The current, 7th generation of video-game consoles has lived the usual 5-years life spam already (Xbox 360 was released during the end of 2005, which was 5 years after the release of PlayStation 2, the first console of the 6th generation), and there are no announced plans for any 8th generation game consoles yet (of course, there have been some minor modifications along the way, such as PS3 Slim or Xbox 360 S, plus a few addons, such as Kinect and EyeToy (also, they are the things that should be banned for the sake of technological progress!!!), but they are, basically, the same consoles as they used to be anyway, just with a slightly improved hardware characteristics). The competition isn’t that tough anymore to try to invent something significantly better and more powerful.

Back to PC. What exclusive titles have been released on personal computers since 2007? The first Crysis (the second one will be multiplatform), StarCraft 2, Civilization V, a few other RTS games that nobody really cared about (I’m not counting multiplatforms, such as CoD’s and NFS’s, in, because they hardly represent PC as a platform)… And the biggest PC titles of 2010 have been outperformed (in terms of sales) by some expansion set for a dorky game that was released back in 2004! That’s RATHER sad.

Console world is far more interesting, at the moment. So many good game franchises in there, from Halo to Killzone, from Mass Effect to Uncharted, from Final Fantasy to Heavy Rain.

I miss the good old times, when PC had its own big and exclusive titles. We all remember enjoying playing the games of such series as Heroes of Might & Magic, Age of Empires, DOOM, Warcraft (I’m talking about RTS series!), Diablo, Half-Life, the first Far Cry and F. E. A. R…. Lot’s of good memories.

Today, unfortunately, as it seems, MMORPGs are holding the industry back, and there is nothing anybody can really do to change it…. :(

So, yeah, WoW is the one to blame!

And, of course,  as it usually happens, nobody cares. Let’s go back and continue playing Angry Birds…


P. S. By the way…


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