There are lots of discussions going on these days in the gaming blogosphere about whether or not PC gaming is dying or not. While the place to game 10 years ago was on the PC, console developers have really stepped up and given our computers a run for their money.
However, Bioware begs to differ, and asserts that PC gaming is doing alright. Since they are kind of veterans in the PC gaming realm, along with other greats like Valve and Blizzard, I suppose maybe we should listen to them, eh?
This is what Bioware’s CEO Ray Muzyka had to say on the matter:
I think there are more people playing PC games and more dollars being spent on the PC space than ever before, but it’s taking a different form… It’s not a bad thing if people want to play more types of games than they did 20 years ago, it’s natural and normal as the audience and technology evolves… As creators we have to adapt to that and continue to make sure that we’re satisfying the audience, but it doesn’t mean we have to compromise.
We can still make deep rich experiences but we have to make them easy to access, you have to make the control system really easy to use, and you have to make people feel like they’re playing an experience that they can play how they want to play it, whether that is long sessions or short sessions.
Good stuff right there. Personally, I’ve never really bought into the “PC Gaming is Dying” argument myself, though it certainly isn’t as healthy as it once was. As long as you have people that are tech enthusiasts that want to see the best picture possible, or experience more precise control in a shooter or an RTS or MMO, then you won’t see PC gaming go away any time soon. I think with the right model, PC gaming can be much more appealing than console gaming (see Valve for an example of this).
So what do you guys think? Is PC gaming just fine and dandy?