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50. Re: Op Ed Feb 19, 2013, 19:55 Quboid
 
Golwar wrote on Feb 19, 2013, 19:16:
This whole topic is insane. First off, I doubt that Jason Jones quote was directed mainly at the mouse/kb faction. He made a general statement about how the genre evolved since Halo and parts of his claims, as the health recharge ie, are legit.

But people love to blow up things, especially media. And Blue's News makes there no exception, sadly. So everyone gathers around and "analyzes", with the result being that even stranger theories are published.

So what do I think about the Ars Technica comment? Less people play CoD on the PC you say?
Marvelous! It proves that PC users are smarter and capable to withstand Activison. Wait, you didn't think that CoD was an universally accepted milestone in gaming history, did you Ars Technica?

It is simple, I love to play on any platform and with any kind of controls. The joypad is perfect to relax, the m/kb combo is a must for competitve gaming. Life is good.

Evolved, yes, but to say that no one wants anything other than their 'enhancements' is somewhat insulting and clearly wrong, even keeping in mind that he didn't mean literally no one. I don't have a big problem with developers/publishers going for what's popular and what's profitable but to dismiss me and many others' preferences in such a manner isn't acceptable.

If he'd said that making a PC version wasn't practical due to the fewer number of gamers, the complexity of infinite hardware possibilities, the high piracy rate and the complications that come from a different control scheme, well, I would respect that. I still wouldn't like it and probably wouldn't agree with it but I be prepared to accept that he's done the maths.

I wouldn't read too much into CoD having less PC players - that doesn't mean we're superior, it just means that there's less of us. I know a couple of people who have a console and a decent PC and bought several versions of CoD for their console because they want to play with their other friends. (Side note: one of these guys bought Skyrim for his Xbox and the other got it for his PC - the Xboxer regretted his decision when he heard about mods!)

I'd say CoD is a universally accepted milestone. That's not to say I like it but it's one of about half a dozen recent (last decade) computer games my Dad could name, for example.

FWIW, were Doom, Duke 3D or Quake any more high brow than CoD?
 
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