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MS on PC Gaming

Microsoft: "Perception," Not Us, is PC Gaming's Big Problem on Kotaku is a Q&A with Kevin Unangst, senior global director for Windows Gaming at Microsoft (thanks Mike Martinez). The conversation is about the state of PC gaming in which the interviewer expresses the opinion that Games for Windows initiatives are part of the problem. Kevin disagrees, and puts up a vigorous defense of Games for Windows, Vista, DirectX 10, and offers familiar explanations for declining NPD game sales figures, citing MMOG subscriptions, casual games, and sales over services like Steam as gaming revenue streams not tracked by the NPD. The article's conclusion is the source of its headline, telling those seeking a decline that these are not the droids they are looking for:

Does Unangst see any barriers that prevent or limit some users from gaming on PCs? "The biggest barrier to PC gaming is the perception that there is a barrier," he says. "I mean that very seriously."

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32. PC gaming is safe... Apr 23, 2008, 03:35 Beaner
If you think about it, some of the most groundbreaking games in terms of online mulitplay and even graphics have actually been PC games. WOW, Crysis etc.

Right now the suit game industry is focusing on consoles because they are easier to develop, and they are catering to the "casual gamer". Games are becoming mainstream so the focus is on the average joe. Much like AOL was the internet to many who were new to this whole internet superhighway thing.

Those things change. Whats new and exciting to the casual gamer will become common and many of them will discover more indepth so called niche titles or franchises OR console games will become more indepth and hopefully match many of the great gameplay attributes of many great PC titles. You already see consoles slowly becoming more networkable, built in nic's etc. They are little PC's in sheeps clothing. Enthusiast gaming will never die, its just going through changes. PC games will be mostly enthusiast oriented but I see the two merging someday. Eventually the day may come where someone on an XBOX can play on the same server as someone with a PC.

Also many of the new big secretive ground breaking game companies working on secret projects are catering their games for the PC first. The Project Offset's, The Red 5's etc. These people are working on some crazy insane game tech and its not catered to consoles initially.

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