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Why is PC gaming not as big as it once was?

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  1. digibucc

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    plus over the 6 years they have existed it's easy to pick one or another up spending less than $300 total. i didn't own all on launch. i didn't own any in their first 3 years. still got enjoyment at less than 1/2 price...
     
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    Not lease, rent. It's just $0.70 per hour, and you play on a couch and a big screen. Going to the cinema is more expensive, a Big Mac is more expensive. So long as they have the games you want to play, you don't have to buy those games.
     
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    yeah.. like 15-20 years ago.
     
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    Yeah, any console game just pales in comparison, even to PC's running pretty horrible videocards. I would say I could push better graphics on a ATI 3870 than either of the console can, and for a while I literally had a 3870 just sitting right on my basement floor, I think it actually got thrown away, probably could find one of those around for less than $50.
     
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    Funny, you can build a computer capable of running games at HD resolution (consoles resolution) For $500 ! $650 if you include a monitor, KB & mouse.

    LAN ? Internet ? And I believe most multi-platform online multiplayer games have servers that hold more players on PC than their Console servers.

    Most PC title aren't buggy, it's just because of the many variables that occurs in the pc system, and the diversity of the parts and components, it's nearly impossible do design any software that can operate 100% with them. Though to be honest I think bugs are overrated. I've rarely incountered any in any game I played (aside from Cryostasis :banghead:). And most of the ones I did encounter had an update to fix them.
     
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    :confused::confused::confused:

    What do you mean exactly? Are you saying the PS 3, Xbox 360, Wii, LCD TVs are 15-20 years old already?
     
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    she's saying you can't rent a console that cheaply any more, that era ended 15 years ago.
     
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    Dammit Jim, why can't you understand? <shakes shoulders>

    the video stores that haven't gone out of business no longer rent consoles out. maybe in the Philippines they do but not in Canada.
     
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    Your a Doctor, not a Poolman? :laugh:

    Either way, yeah I haven't seen consoles for rent in ages, I remember seeing N64's and PS1's for rent, but the price was insane.
     
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    what about pool boy? I don't want Bob Vila to clean my pool.
     
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    Halo was pretty fun on PC, If not better than on Console

     
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    i entirely agree with mussels.

    the entire franchise has been mediocre shooters in terms of what pc gets, and yet are considered some of the best console games evar.

    same goes for gears of war imo.
     
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    the games are not revolutionary but are done well and people love them.
     
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    agreed, but "a well-polished turd..."

    and groupthink is not the best quantifier of quality. not that i am, but just saying "people love it" doesn't necessarily mean it's any good.
     
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    I liked Border Lands. Machine guns worked the best on bugs lol
     
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    tell me some exclusive FPS on PC that reinvented the wheel in the last 5 years.
     
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    LIES! The shotgun works the best on the bugs! At least the armored ones. Can't wait for Borderlands 2. But I can since it won't be released until next year. Excellent co-operative play and makes me wish Hard Reset also had the same.

    I can't and I'd have to look on MobyGames. Crysis doesn't and never should count. It's more blatant eye-candy compared to a title I'd actually want to play.
     
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    Minecraft (for starters :laugh:), The Dota clones (League of Legends remains one of the best F2P games out there), iRacing (track laser scanning is amazing), The entire MMO genre in the last 5 years. I can't think of any more right off the top of my head for now, but for consoles the only one I can't really think of is Little Big Planet.

    But it's not about revolutionary games only. It's about fun factor, game content, and level design. Halo to me was only fun in multiplayer, which honestly any half way decent game with a bunch of friends is going to be fun.
     
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    i'll give you Minecraft but it's not exclusive anymore it's coming to XBOX 360 with Kinect support :laugh:

    Sony has a couple MMO and more on the way (DC Universe, The Agency, Dust 514, MAG, Final Fantasy XIV), Microsoft Game Studios is working on a couple.
     
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    I think you missed the FPS part. ;)
     
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    i might just go back and think about that,but regardless, it's about subjective opinion and expectations.

    we saw the original doom era, we saw counter strike era, and the half life era as well... we know how good a game CAN be. so when we see a game like Halo or Gears being touted as #1, we can't help but roll our eyes in disgust as it's really very bland compared to what could have been done with good sci fi story-lines and today's technology.

    consoles gamers are used to crap. what are the best every console games? now measure them solely on depth and originality. and now compare that to the history of pc games.

    even if it's 1:1, there were simply more pc games and so more were original unique and ... good.

    and exclusivity and FPS are unnecessary modifiers anyway. especially without how many series started on pc and sold their souls.
     
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    Frick Fishfaced Nincompoop

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    Hey now, some of the best games ever made is SNES games! Console games too used to be better.
     
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    i know, and i thought of that as well, even felt bad writing it ;)

    but the numbers stand. simply because of cost of licensing & carts nowhere near as many games were released on consoles as pcs. and i still remember a lot of movie tie in crap games and crap "insert popular title here" clones.

    plus, it wasn't until consoles became more like pcs (disc drives, ram, pc video cards) that they exploded as they have now.
     
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    ok the first Rare Machine gun, certainly worked on the heavy armed bugs, the largest spiders in the game not so much lol
     
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    As an infrequent gamer my theory is PC gaming is a PITA. Every single time I install a game I have to do something to make it run right. I have to patch it, add code so it will run with my machine properly, update the video driver, or roll it back, and then after about an hour or so of this tedious crap I have just about lost interest in even trying out the game.

    On the PS3 I turn it on and I play a game.

    The other obvious factor is the cost...a decent rig is going to cost 3 times what a console costs, and then there is the constant pressure to upgrade the rig...but amazingly a console still plays games great year after year with no hardware upgrade.

    And finally there are the games...which most serious gamers I know say play better on console. Plus console online gaming is usually part of a social network...you are playing with friends you've had for ages...they all have accounts, you can all talk and text and game seamlessly.

    PC gaming is just a PITA for me.
     

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