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  Toxia

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OP  11/08/12 10:53:38 PM#1

I've really been excited about some games on the horizon, only to find out they too are to be added to the list of  console exclusives.

Don't get me wrong, i'm not really against consoles themselves, just the fact everything is going console ONLY. They might do that for pirating, they might do it to raise console sales, i dont really care.

What i do care about, is that as a gamer, i have little to no use for my PC anymore. I browse the web, post on forums, look for gaming news, and game. That's about it. With all the games going only to console, i find myself wondering just why i built this big nasty pc. I can do everything i do on a ps3 or xbox. Typing might be abit funky at first, but like the old cell phone button scheme, i'll figure it out quickly and it wont be an issue.

Hell even mmo's are going to consoles, and thats really the last straw for me. This makes me pretty sad actually, PC gaming is where it started for me.

So where does this head? Eventually, no more games for PC, right? MMO's might hang for awhile, but honestly, i dont know if they are for me anymore, havent stuck with one for a long period of time in forever. Maybe they will head to consoles as well.

As a PC gamer getting his first taste of the bad side of consoles, i worry how long itll be. If me, a pretty avid computer gamer, find myself in this position, how long will it be before everyone is?

Worried man....worried and sad.

EDITED to clarify: I own a ps3 and a wii. I have ample games for both. The post is supposed to convey how i feel pc's are phasing out gaming wise, not that i hate consoles.

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  Grunty

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11/08/12 10:56:43 PM#2
I haven't bought a console since the NES. I have no intention of ever buying a console. I might rethink that if Microsoft really does try to make it's current open operating system into a closed one like Apple's.
  WhiteLantern

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11/08/12 10:59:27 PM#3

People have been asking for what feels like decades "is PC gaming dieing?".

I don't see it happening now, or any time soon, but that's just me. There is still plenty to do on a PC, but there will always be console exclusives as well. Don't let it get to you, the sky isn't falling.

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  Toxia

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OP  11/08/12 10:59:36 PM#4
Originally posted by Grunty
I haven't bought a console since the NES. I have no intention of ever buying a console. I might rethink that if Microsoft really does try to make it's current open operating system into a closed one like Apple's.

While it'd be nice to go 'To hell with it, boycotting gaming until they release for pc!" i am still above all a gamer, and i have to go where the games go. works the same with money, drugs, whatever.

I cant imagine how many great games youve missed because of not wanting a console...

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  Robokapp

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11/08/12 11:01:15 PM#5

quite the contrary, it's very saturated and so the market is growing outside of it.

 

The video game industry is one of those important, high-tech economic drivers. Our industry generates over $25 billion in annual revenue, and directly and indirectly employs more than 120,000 people with an average salary for direct employees of $90,000."

 

 

http://www.theesa.com/facts/pdfs/ESA_EF_2011.pdf

  Grunty

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11/08/12 11:02:56 PM#6
Originally posted by Toxia
Originally posted by Grunty
I haven't bought a console since the NES. I have no intention of ever buying a console. I might rethink that if Microsoft really does try to make it's current open operating system into a closed one like Apple's.

While it'd be nice to go 'To hell with it, boycotting gaming until they release for pc!" i am still above all a gamer, and i have to go where the games go. works the same with money, drugs, whatever.

I cant imagine how many great games youve missed because of not wanting a console...

I don't doubt that I've missed good games. I will still not buy a console for the same reason I won't buy an Apple system. They are closed systems with heavy control over what the owner of the system will allow. I'm not boycotting the games. I'm boycottting the closed systems.

  Purutzil

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11/08/12 11:09:27 PM#7
Originally posted by Grunty
I haven't bought a console since the NES. I have no intention of ever buying a console. I might rethink that if Microsoft really does try to make it's current open operating system into a closed one like Apple's.

You always got Linux. Has a bit of a learning gap but there are many versions becomign more user friendly and if microsoft tries to make it closed it just might mean Linux support might be emphasized, till then you can always take advantage of wine. 

 

As for the topic, I doubt it. If anything, you might see a shift in more 'tablet' games, but over-all I can't see PCs phasing out to consoles at least.

  SaintPhilip

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11/08/12 11:09:50 PM#8

Yes. PC gaming is dying.

The poster who said "theyhave been saying it for decades" makes my head hurt... The apex of PC gaming was the mid to late 1990s and (honestly) its been going downhill since then.

PC gaming is moving towards casual, F2P farmville type games... Very few PC exclusive games anymore outside those arenas. MMOs are (for the moment) the only thing left for the PC and those will be slowly phased top consoles.

-I personally love PC gaming and far prefer it- been gaming on a PC since the Commodore 64. Yes, its dying- And badly. Most "PC" games of note are console ports now.

Sad but true...

EDIT- Let me add though that this is going to be a chance for GOOD indies to rise up- I hope this happens. AAA games is what I am refering to.

  OG_Zorvan

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11/08/12 11:10:35 PM#9
Originally posted by Toxia
Originally posted by Grunty
I haven't bought a console since the NES. I have no intention of ever buying a console. I might rethink that if Microsoft really does try to make it's current open operating system into a closed one like Apple's.

While it'd be nice to go 'To hell with it, boycotting gaming until they release for pc!" i am still above all a gamer, and i have to go where the games go. works the same with money, drugs, whatever.

I cant imagine how many great games youve missed because of not wanting a console...

I have a 360, a PS3, and even a Wii.

99% of my gaming is still on the PC.

Every year since arcades first sprang up everywhere, I've heard the familiar "PC gaming is dying!" moan.

And every year, I've laughed.

PC isn't going anywhere, if anything consoles are.

Have you not noticed it's the consoles always trying to be PC's, adding browsers and Facebook and all the other crap? Not the other way around.

And eventually, there will be a console that does every single thing a PC does. And thus, the console will finally just be a PC.

And then you know what happens?

We get to finally declare the PC the undisputed winner in the console wars.

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  User Deleted
11/08/12 11:12:47 PM#10
I do all of my gaming on the PC, even games that are popular on the consoles.  I don't see PC gaming going anywhere soon.  I do see consoles evolving into computers though.
  Toxia

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OP  11/08/12 11:15:06 PM#11
Originally posted by Robokapp

quite the contrary, it's very saturated and so the market is growing outside of it.

 

The video game industry is one of those important, high-tech economic drivers. Our industry generates over $25 billion in annual revenue, and directly and indirectly employs more than 120,000 people with an average salary for direct employees of $90,000."

 

 

http://www.theesa.com/facts/pdfs/ESA_EF_2011.pdf

I read through that, that seems to be gaming in general, as they lump console and pc gaming together.

I'd be interested to see something more akin to a chart showing console games vs pc games released per year. That way we could see if pc games are coming out at the same rate they were 5 ,10 years ago, etc.

Because from what i can tell, we are losing ground fast. i'll dig around abit and maybe find something to prove my point abit better

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  Saerain

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11/08/12 11:19:45 PM#12
Originally posted by Grunty
I haven't bought a console since the NES. I have no intention of ever buying a console. I might rethink that if Microsoft really does try to make it's current open operating system into a closed one like Apple's.

They won't. That rumor was put down with a vengeance pretty fast.

 

Originally posted by Toxia

I read through that, that seems to be gaming in general, as they lump console and pc gaming together.

I'd be interested to see something more akin to a chart showing console games vs pc games released per year. That way we could see if pc games are coming out at the same rate they were 5 ,10 years ago, etc.

Because from what i can tell, we are losing ground fast. i'll dig around abit and maybe find something to prove my point abit better

I'd be amazed if it wasn't a higher rate than 10 years ago, or if there were fewer PC gamers. A lower percentage of gamers are PC gamers, for sure, but that is happening as the pool of total gamers swells tremendously. The actual count has to be going up.

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  KhinRunite

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11/08/12 11:20:11 PM#13
I can't agree with you after I just looked at Steam. Maybe there's a couple of games you want to play badly but are unfortunately console exclusive (God of War, Halo 4, Uncharted, etc.) that drove you to write this rant.
  Toxia

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Posts: 1322

 
OP  11/08/12 11:24:41 PM#14
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  Robokapp

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The only luck I had today was to have you as my opponent.

11/08/12 11:33:29 PM#15

realistically what's happening is consoles are becoming stronger platforms and are closing the gap. doesnt mean its killing PC gaming, it means more stuff will end up being for both because its easier than before to make it so.

 

you can use your tv as computer screen. you can use your keyboard and mouse on your console. what's really the difference then? you hold the mouse, rest hand on keyboard, stare at screen. does it matter what is processing your game as long as the input and output is getting nearly idetical?

 

it's not there yet but its geting there.

 

I don't own a console but i don't feel consoles are any threat.

they can do their own thing or share from PC.../shrug.

 

when DUST 514 comes out you'll see that consoles cant take on PCs yet.

 

  Toxia

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OP  11/08/12 11:34:39 PM#16
Originally posted by KhinRunite
I can't agree with you after I just looked at Steam. Maybe there's a couple of games you want to play badly but are unfortunately console exclusive (God of War, Halo 4, Uncharted, etc.) that drove you to write this rant.

I guess you are saying you opened steam and looked at the list of games? clarify please

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  KhinRunite

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11/08/12 11:40:23 PM#17
Originally posted by Toxia
Originally posted by KhinRunite
I can't agree with you after I just looked at Steam. Maybe there's a couple of games you want to play badly but are unfortunately console exclusive (God of War, Halo 4, Uncharted, etc.) that drove you to write this rant.

good point, i looked too.

Steam has about 5 mil concurrent users( people logged in, NOT playing-steam running in background)

PSN(one console network) has over 80 million users. thats one console network. thats not xbox live or whatever.

And im not ranting, i said what i had to say, and am open to discussion...i'd like nothing more than to be wrong

 

EDIT: Forum post states steam has 14 mil registered accounts, from mid 2011.

I should have mentioned that I also think it sucks I have to buy a console to play some very interesting games. Aside from having a Wii emulator, I don't own a 7th gen console.

Steam is just one of the many distribution channels though. Like I said, just browsing the Steam games for the PC I find it hard to be worried. Lots of indie PC exclusive and AAA multiplats available. There's simply A LOT of games listed there that I haven't played yet.

Besides, it would look pitiful for the consoles if PC has equalled them in games library or gamer population, considering their sole purpose is for playing videogames (and playing DVD/Blu-ray media LOL).

  Toxia

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OP  11/08/12 11:44:55 PM#18
Originally posted by OG_Zorvan
Originally posted by Toxia
Originally posted by Grunty
I haven't bought a console since the NES. I have no intention of ever buying a console. I might rethink that if Microsoft really does try to make it's current open operating system into a closed one like Apple's.

While it'd be nice to go 'To hell with it, boycotting gaming until they release for pc!" i am still above all a gamer, and i have to go where the games go. works the same with money, drugs, whatever.

I cant imagine how many great games youve missed because of not wanting a console...

I have a 360, a PS3, and even a Wii.

99% of my gaming is still on the PC. 

Every year since arcades first sprang up everywhere, I've heard the familiar "PC gaming is dying!" moan.

And every year, I've laughed.

PC isn't going anywhere, if anything consoles are.

Have you not noticed it's the consoles always trying to be PC's, adding browsers and Facebook and all the other crap? Not the other way around. Because they are trying to make pc's obsolete for gaming? as i said in my op, why would i use a pc if im gaming on the console and can just browse the web there.

And eventually, there will be a console that does every single thing a PC does. And thus, the console will finally just be a PC.

And then you know what happens? We will buy a new PC every other year? Have to buy three of em to play all the games we want?

We get to finally declare the PC the undisputed winner in the console wars. ^

Your post is funny lol.

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  Toxia

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OP  11/08/12 11:49:02 PM#19
Originally posted by KhinRunite
Originally posted by Toxia
Originally posted by KhinRunite
I can't agree with you after I just looked at Steam. Maybe there's a couple of games you want to play badly but are unfortunately console exclusive (God of War, Halo 4, Uncharted, etc.) that drove you to write this rant.

good point, i looked too.

Steam has about 5 mil concurrent users( people logged in, NOT playing-steam running in background)

PSN(one console network) has over 80 million users. thats one console network. thats not xbox live or whatever.

And im not ranting, i said what i had to say, and am open to discussion...i'd like nothing more than to be wrong

 

EDIT: Forum post states steam has 14 mil registered accounts, from mid 2011.

I should have mentioned that I also think it sucks I have to buy a console to play some very interesting games. Aside from having a Wii emulator, I don't own a 7th gen console.

Steam is just one of the many distribution channels though. Like I said, just browsing the Steam games for the PC I find it hard to be worried. Lots of indie PC exclusive and AAA multiplats available. There's simply A LOT of games listed there that I haven't played yet.

Besides, it would look pitiful for the consoles if PC has equalled them in games library or gamer population, considering their sole purpose is for playing videogames (and playing DVD/Blu-ray media LOL).

yeah, i dont think you were even talking about user numbers, but game count numbers. deleted the post and asked for clarification lol.

Anyways, yes, steam has an enormous amount of pc games. definetely :)

I guess i have too many console exclusive friends, and them all gushing about something i know would be better on pc gets me.

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  FrodoFragins

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11/08/12 11:50:23 PM#20

Nope.  The main reason is that console makers charge such high prices for companies to develop games on them.  Hence the absurd prices on console games and the lemmings that pay such prices.  This leaves a nice market for the PC.

 

But there is an alarming trend of games being made for consoles and getting half ass ports to the PC.  I see most console games as being more rental quality than purchase quality.  FPS, RTS and MMOs are simply better suited to PCs.

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