Friday, February 17, 2006

Death of PC gaming....again...

Interesting article regarding the whole "Is PC gaming dea?" debate...a bebate which I'm kinda getting sick of.

Interesting clip:

"PC gaming in general is in a rut."

Moore echoed that sentiment during his speech last week at the Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain summit.

"We are becoming like TV and film in that we are sticking to a formula," he said. "We are a superior medium, and we should take the next step to rekindling originality."

"I am very concerned that we are too reliant on sequels, formulaic gameplay, and licenses from outside our medium."

Despite the hurdles facing the PC gaming industry, few think that gaming on the computer will become a thing of the past.

"It's like saying people are going to stop browsing on the Internet," said Mark Rein, vice president and co-founder of Epic Games. "It's idiotic."

Boy is it ever in a rut. I call this the "reality TV" phase of gaming. I remember the first season of Survivor. Wow...what a show. Human nature at its most basic level, in all its splendor and glory just oozing out of the TV screen. Survivor II was ok...but I started to notice something, and thought...nah. Survivor III confirmed my fears...they're going by a formula of picking people to maximize drama and the network does not care about quality. It was no longer about viewing how humans interact to accomplish common was now about what loud mouth show-off will get their acting career launched after getting off the island.

Gaming is in the same phase of the entertainment cycle. They got to start taking more risks...especially companies like EA and Microsoft. PC gaming will never die because it is the main driver behind PC technology development (processors, video cards etc.). Without PC gaming, there would be no I don't understand why this subject even comes up anymore.

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