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Mark Rein - Consoles "Stealing" Hardcore PC Gamers

The Mark Rein interview on the Guardian Unlimited (thanks BeyondUnreal) offers a conversation with the Epic executive, discussing the company, its games, the Unreal engine, and PCs versus consoles, offering this outlook: "I'm a real fan of the PC, but yes, consoles are definitely stealing a lot of hardcore gamers from the PC. When Call of Duty 4 came out, I heard some of our guys sitting around talking about the great game they'd had last night and I'm like, 'Hey guys, what server are you playing on? I'd love to come and join you,' and they said, 'Just send us a friends request,' It was at that point I realized they were all playing it on console. Plus, the sales of the console versions are something like ten times the sales of the PC versions."

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42. Re: No subject Jan 31, 2008, 15:04 Krovven
 
but I can not stand using a thumbstick to drag an oversized reticle over the screen at such a slow rate.

That sums it up in a nutshell. Trying some FPS demos on the PS3, it's agony trying to make quick reactions to an enemy popping up 45 to 90 degrees in either direction. You can't react, turn and fire, and get a headshot in less than a second with a gamepad like you can with a keyboard and mouse.

I like my PS3. This coming from someone that hasn't owned a console for 7 years (PS2 was last), and refused to for several reasons. M+K control, High res monitors vs interlaced TV's and low res games, poor online funcionality, and at the time I was playing MMO's, which PS2 did eventually get, but still without M+K...kinda defeats the purpose of MMO's when you can't communicate with others.

So while I was anti-console for a long time, mainly for these reasons described above, there are games I like to play on consoles. Fighting games (not so much anymore, but SF4 and SC look awesome), sports games, arcade style games, and Racing games. If the FPS games on the PS3 would all support M+K control I would play them. I still might force my way through Resistance at some point, but it's low priority.

Point being...they both have their place. But the consoles are becoming more attractive due to their features and functionality.

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