Is PC gaming dying?
|Date Posted:||Monday 19th March, 2007||Author:||Kommandant|
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Lately I've noticed a big push by companies getting behind console gaming, and it seems to me that they are abandoning the PC market. We are hearing of big titles years before they are due for release, and they are all being pushed back. Some due to the fact they are buggy, but mostly due to developers wanting to bring their game on consoles first. I can understand why too, there is a massive target audience for console gaming especially xbox360 at the moment. People whom never picked up a video game in their life are now starting to enjoy console gaming, be it with the Wii, 360 or Playstation.
During christmas my cousin brought down a Nintendo Wii for a bit of fun and to show us what it was like, the entire family got involved, mums, dads, pops, uncles, you name it. They were all having fun and laughing along. They all agreed that it was a fantastic idea to get family involvement in games and also being able to get you doing something active was a great initiative.
Another example is my girlfriends family buying a xbox360 when it was released, they are in no way shape or form gamers, hell I doubt they even played anything other then solitaire on their computers, but now atleast once a week they sit down and have a game or two on the xbox.
Also I've noticed that gaming retailers are moving away from big fancy displays for PC games, the last four visits to BigW, Kmart and EB have yeiled little results for the PC market, instead in its place are marquee's for Zelda, Halo and Crackdown, all console titles. There is a small shelf tucked away in the corner for the PC items, and everywhere else is console gaming equipment, games and murchandise. Basically the only time I see a decent display for gaming is at large LANS sponsored by corporations, and they are also abandoning the PC market in favour of Consoles.
I guess due to the fact consoles are a lot easier to use, require little to no modification or updating in order to play new games and you don't have to install anything, make the console a pretty attractive package over a PC for your average Joe Citizen.
I myself have found the idea of buying a Console (360 or PS3) very attractive over the last week, due to the fact there are fantastic games coming out. Xbox each week releases new titles, new multiplayer content on their Xbox live system, and they are raking in the profits. What seems to be the problem with PC? I really don't know, but its starting to get me down.