Wednesday, November 30 2011 @ 10:25 PM GMT
Contributed by: Claire Claws
Most Console gamers think the PC gamers are just whining gits. But the truth is, in the last few years all the PC versions of the most popular games (CoD, BF) never used the latest PC technology. And to make matters worse, all that could make the PC version a bit (to) special got removed from Activision's latest Call of Duty titles. Why?
The Game Consoles were/are a massive investment for companies like Sony and Microsoft. But the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 already having a longer life cycle than any game console before.
Does this make the Game Publishers complain? On the contrary, for almost ten years the hardware of the Xbox 360 was their fixed boundary. No need for yearly investments in new engines for a better game experience. And nothing was forcing their game developers to compete in mastering latest technology and amaze buyers with awesome new games. Enough revenue by just giving people the option to buy a "new" game for their consoles.
But these days the Game Consoles are facing the increased pressure from new platforms, like smart phones, tablets and cloud gaming on any PC/TV. So can the out dated dedicated console survive? Even Richard Garriott, a man who stood at the cradle of the video game industry, says no.
A happy player is a buying player.
Now that we are nearing the point that any average cellphone will have better looking games than an "up to date" PC, will the Game Publishers finally start to invest in fully owned games again? And start competing with each other for being the publisher that puts players' wishes first ?
The PC version of any game is now always 100% owned by a Game Publisher. But all the Console versions are "sold" (years in advance) to Microsoft, Sony or Nintendo. And this is also why you only see Xbox commercials for Modern Warfare 3; because, although the game is sold to more than one platform, the more you pay the more rights you get. Guess which company got most rights....
This makes Microsoft the Wizard of Oz; behind the curtain billion dollar deals were made, which resulted in a different treatment for each platform. Xbox first and PC last. And so these last few years the gaming industry was fully controlled by Wall Street accountants and they agreed that it was better for all that the PC would not hype again; the main reason why the PC version isn't allowed to outshine games on the antique consoles.
But it looks like the future of the video game is now saved by the PC's offspring. Although for the Xbox all innovation stopped on November 15, 2001, the REAL leading platform, the Personal Computer, kept on re-inventing itself in smaller, better and faster. And it's now breaking the games market open with a demand for non-exclusive games, and also made for various hardware configurations.
Lets wait on the moment the current Game Publishers will change their attitude towards us, the PC gamers.
More than 57.6 million Xbox 360 consoles have been sold worldwide. It is estimated that there will be more than two billion PCs by 2015.
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