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Molyneux: PC Gaming "Huge Tragedy"

Molyneux despairs at tragic state of PC gaming on GamesIndustry.biz quotes the Lionhead designer on his complaints that a lack of innovation is to blame for declines in PC gaming:

"I think it's a huge tragedy. I mean, you might as well say PC gaming is World of Warcraft and The Sims... The weird thing is everyone's got a PC, they're just not buying software for it," commented Molyneux.

And while many developers are chasing the casual PC gaming market as the next big thing, Molyneux believes it's already suffering from repetition and a lack of imagination.

"There's an enormous amount of gaming happening with PopCap, Big Fish and Reflective.

"The fascinating thing is when they first started, all these games came out like Peggle and Mystery Files and Alice Greensleeves and Diner Dash, and it felt quite exciting. There was a lot of innovation going on. Okay, there weren't great graphics, but there was innovation.

"In my view, that has completely stopped. They're doing the same game over and over again with a different wrapper. It's like a mini-universe in itself which is emulating what's happening in our industry," he added.

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4. Re: No subject Feb 20, 2008, 11:18 4D-Boxing
 
Very true..

"I think it's a huge tragedy. I mean, you might as well say PC gaming is World of Warcraft and The Sims... The weird thing is everyone's got a PC, they're just not buying software for it," commented Molyneux...."

Really is it a coincidence that those are the only game I ever see advertising on TV for? The rest of PC games get tv advertising only once a onsole version is released & but the advertisement focuses on the console versions.

If these guys do not know how to market their software plus release lets be honest....Even CoD4 which a considered by msot as the best game of 2007 does not compare to some older titles mentioned on this site all the time...SS2, Deus...the multuplayer gets old very fast on top of that even withthe hardcore mode. We had Cliffy not long ago comparing sales of Geras on 360 to PC sales...well as a PC gamer I really don't get how Gears managed to get so many great reviews..it's just Max Pain2142 with a cover system. EPic & CLiffyB have made enough PC games to know that PC gamers are not looking for the same experience as Console gamers in some cases yes but often no... Almost done Gears PC on hardcore never even bothered with the casual setting because the game is beyond easy...the only challenge is is patience to go through all the waves if you you don't neutralize the grub holes..



Even bioshock got dumbed down so much that once you got past your first big daddy ...there wasno challenge it was all abou tthe story.

I'm repeating rants I've posted before ...but these devs need to get a wake up call or leave room for those who can improve past concepts or innovate!

 
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