It may seem odd that I've bounced from Vanguard to Darkfall to now Aion, however I think that it is a natural thing for any gamer on the hunt for the perfect game. The hunt continued today...
While I was out today (read as yesterday, it's 12:18AM EST) I had the chance to hit up my local EB Games. As usual I had that plastered-on face showing my complete joy of being at my former favorite game shop (more on why it's my former favorite later). I walked inside and found myself headed straight to the back where the seemingly unimpressive rack of PC games stood. Much to my dismay, it was still the way it had been several weeks prior with it's stock in poor shape and form. There were no truly new and interesting games in that section, an insult to any PC gamer if I ever saw one.
So, after mindlessly scanning over the various older titles I decided that true enlightenment lay in the clerks minding the front desk. The first thing I asked about was if there were any copies of SWG in stock. The clerk told me that they hadn't had it in stock for a LONG time and tried to ward me away from it. His words didn't phase me, I knew what I wanted and he wasn't going to change that. Then I asked what new PC games were out that were worth looking at. The one clerk said that, and I quote, "There hasn't really been any new PC games released in years. The only thing new is Prototype."
I quickly responded with, "Right." and just as quickly the clerk came back with what almost made me launch a nuclear strike of rage on him.
"In all honesty," he said, "the PC game scene is dying slowly but surely."
At that point I knew he was your typical console gamer who believed that outside of console gaming there was nothing better and nothing worth looking at. He continued on to ask me if there was anything in particular I was looking for. I thought about it for a second and told him I'd been interested in Aion. His eyes seemed to light up as he went to the cupboard of treasures and pulled out a preorder box (read as a thin plastic container shaped like a normal PC game but significantly thinner). He handed it over and I began reading over the back for information.
I knew what I was looking for though and I guess I just settled on Aion since I didn't want to leave empty-handed. Afterwards I took his attention again to ask if they had Red Faction: Guerilla in for PC. The clerk stated that he didn't think so, and at that another clerk asked if I would like him to check. After a short wait he returned and told me that they hadn't ordered in any PC copies. Again I was flabberghasted. It was at this point that I knew that EB had shut out it's PC fanbase and suckled on the many tits of the console gaming horde.
Extremely displeased I purchased my preorder and waited for my sister to finish with her business. It didn't take long after for me to leave the store and ever since then I have been thinking about the entirety of this situation and how I no longer hold any joy in seeing or going to an EB store. It truly bothers me that these morons actually believe that the PC scene is dead, and yet I see it living on vigorously, immortal in all it's chunky goodness.
All that said, when I got home I was eager to plug in my Aion preorder code and get the game downloaded. It's still only sitting at 33% after roughly 7 hours or so. During that time I have managed to have a nap, play some SWG, chat on Second Life and now write this blog. I've also been going over various threads in regards to Aion and am finding that it may be the game I was looking for (though I already know it lacks a few things I need).
The hunt still continues and perhaps soon it will pay off with juicy goodness.