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EA: PC "Extremely Healthy" and Could Become "Our Biggest Platform"

An article on GameSpy by Chris Morris looks at the landscape of virtual goods sales within games, analyzing sales figures on various platforms and projecting what this means for the future. One of the sources cited is Frank Gibeau, president of EA Labels, who talks of how he sees the trend of free-to-play PC games continuing to grow. "If you look at the way people play in Asia, PC is the model," said Gibeau. "I think that the free-to-play model is coming to the West in a big way." So big, in fact, that he also made the following statement:

"PC retail may be a big problem, but PC downloads are awesome," said Gibeau. "The margins are much better and we don't have any rules in terms of first-party approvals. From our perspective, it's an extremely healthy platform. ... It's totally conceivable that it will become our biggest platform."

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49. Re: EA: PC Aug 15, 2011, 08:55 kanniballl
 
ColoradoHoudini wrote on Aug 14, 2011, 18:57:
If us smarter PC people could just influence/correct/educate the console kids and their parents about gaming.. we'd be better off. no more insta-buying every new shiny box just because it's on the shelf..and thus inflating sales numbers.
If the console world knew what they were missing and what they should expect from a title.. a boy can dream

There's nothing wrong with console-gaming. It's a great place for platformers and casual gaming. And if you can get by the fact that a controller is less accurate than a kb+mouse it's even fun to play FPS games on them.

PCs are both more powerful and versatile, but consoles are fun for gaming.

Now if only they could release some more powerful hardware... the current line-up is long in the tooth.

If the complaint is people buying the XBox 360 slim, the XBox 360 Halo Reach edition, the XBox 360 Red, etc... I can understand. Sometimes there's a good reason, like the new version runs quieter or cooler but otherwise it's pointless unless you're getting a second unit for a brother or something.

If the complaint is buying the next-gen stuff when it comes out, then that's just silly.
 
"Space. It seems to go on and on forever. But then you get to the end and a gorilla starts throwing barrels at you."
-Fry, Futurama
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