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PC Gaming Alliance Interview

The PC Gaming Alliance Interview on bit-gamer.net talks with Intel's Matt Ployhar, the new president of this trade group. They discuss the organization's goals, how much it costs to be a member, DRM, and more. One answer discusses changes planned under the PCGA's new regime: "Several things actually. The biggest is setting a level of expectations. We’re in a marathon, not a sprint, and there are no instant fixes for some of the things we’d like to tackle next. PC gaming is an extremely dynamic ecosystem, and there’s a definite need to update the definitions of what a PC is, and who PC gamers are. We’ll be a lot more transparent moving forward. I believe we’ve been holding our cards a bit too closely, and frankly that doesn’t serve us or the ecosystem very well. It also seems to spool off into all sorts of speculation." Thanks Ant via Slashdot.

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33. Re: PC Gaming Alliance Interview Jan 22, 2011, 10:23 Slashman
 
Dirwulf wrote on Jan 21, 2011, 23:27:
Draugr wrote on Jan 21, 2011, 22:50:
Dirwulf wrote on Jan 21, 2011, 21:53:
TurdFergasun wrote on Jan 21, 2011, 21:46:
you seem pretty eager to convince ppl of your great endeavours, although ruffling your feathers and puffing your cheast is quite an attractive quality of the human animal. i'm sure deep down inside your monetary wealth has brought you deep hapiness that would have otherwise been unattainable without selling your creative soul.

Yeah, I've definitely sold my soul by working at Blizzard...

If I recall, it was you who was saying that a devs primary is/should be concerned with the bottom line.
If you would like to use yourself/your career as an example as why that isn't the case though, I guess you're welcome to help defeat your own argument.

Which is to say (at the risk of being presumptious,) you have a job you like making games you enjoy/are proud of, and you well to do, financially speaking. So even though you're doing alright for yourself, Your not worried about job hunting for something that might pay more.

I can't stand Farmville. I do like a few beer and pretzel games, which I would call casual. All I'm pointing out is that making games is a business. Especially if you have stockholders to deal with.

Casual games are a great way to make money, especially the kind you find on Facebook that deal in microtransactions. People don't think twice about spending a few dollars here and there. 63 million + users times a few dollars each. I don't think I need to do the math for you. Of course, not all those people are buying Farmville cash, but hey, there are 20 more games like it on Facebook.

To ignore casual gamers could potentially be a bad move. That is if you want to be a billionaire. I'm sure Cliff at Positech is doing just fine. That said, I seriously doubt the PC Gaming Alliance "read between the lines" necessarily equates to them embracing casual games, but if it does, I have no problem with that.

Hardcore gamers tend to forget that they may be the loudest, but they are in the minority.

Well that's all just peachy. You know what my one major issue is with companies who want to embrace the lowest common denominator?

They don't have the balls to come out and say that's what they're about. Most of the time you hear these lame, sugar-coated speeches about how important PC gaming is and how it has so much potential because the platform is so robust yadda yadda yadda. Then that same company delivers crappy game experience after crappy game experience for the PC.

I'd rather know where I stand with a company in terms of my importance as a customer, so I can have an easier time of making an informed decision as to what games I buy.

Also, Blizzard recently released Starcraft 2. How much did that sell? I guess the average PC gamer is now irrelevant to Blizzard's bottom line in the face of WoW.

I keep hearing all this talk about how little 'hardcore' gamers matter and how making a deep and complex game is meaningless because shallow sells more. Well then what the hell are those developers still doing on this platform? Wouldn't they make more money by putting those resources into the console side of their development?

I'm also now fuzzy on what a hardcore gamer even is these days. Apparently you're hardcore if you want your games to be more than just button mashing and if you want them to not play themselves(hello Splinter Cell: Conviction). Oh, and if you want them to have interfaces and controls that don't suck on PC. You're totally hardcore if you're into that stuff.
 
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