Pc gamers do not have it easy. Windows Vista and Directx 10 promised mountains of gold on gamegebied, but it is anything but cake, and egg. Take for example the recent rts developer Petroglyph: Universe at War. An entertaining B-movie sci-fi spectacle in which you are three totally different breeds of steers in the battle for the earth. Under DirectX 9, the game runs like a charm, under DirectX 10 it is a disaster, even with all the graphical bells and whistles unchecked. And the graphical differences between the two versions are minimal.
In addition, we see that more and more developers choose for the game consoles PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and the pc a lower priority. The reason is obvious: piracy. The amount of people that pc games are illegally obtains increases rapidly. The shooter game Call of Duty 4 illustrates this.
Under the heading ” They Wonder Why People Don’t Make PC Games Any More’ says an employee of Call of Duty 4 -developer Infinity Ward in a blog understandable on about the many illegal copy lwa n of the game on the internet on the run. The Xbox 360 version of the game sold better than the pc version, but was pleasantly surprised by the huge number of pc gamers that online was active with the latest addition to the successful shooterserie. It soon became clear that a vast majority of the pc players can’t officially winkelexemplaar possessed.
“Not sure if I can share the exact numbers or percentage of PC players with you, but I’ll check and see; if I can I’ll update with them. As the amount of people who pirate PC games is astounding. It blows me away at the amount of people willing to steal games (or anything) simply because it’s not physical or it’s on the safety of the internet to do.”
I go here not the teacher of morals hang out, because I also have some mp3 pages downloaded from the internet. And yes, I’ve recently 24: Series 6 from a friend borrowed which I have not doubt about the origin of the slices. Games I own but never downloaded. Even when I was not professionally occupied with games, I bought just a game in the shops. Also the whole Playstation (1) conversion and copies play I have at the time, completely no-go for me.
Now I see how pc gaming slowly to the street by the proliferation of illegal downloading from torrentsites. More and more developers make the switch to the console and less and less genres to find a way to the pc platform. Moreover, we see increasingly the first titles for the console to come later still have the pc to do. Look at the Halo titles from Microsoft, Gears of War, GTA series and more recently Assassin’s Creed. Take it that you work for the money of a high end video card, a game console plus game purchase, and it is understandable why consumers are also becoming more and more the pc turns its back.
These two factors paint a bleak picture for the future of pc gaming. Not for the mmo’s and the Sims 2 fans, games will continue to buy for logical reasons. But if Call of Duty 5 or Wolfenstein III will be on the PC – or much later – than the illegal downloaders that charge.