Op Ed

IGN: The Death of PC Gaming – Again.
That will be the real test of the health of the PC platform, as digital sales represent an ever-increasing percentage of PC game revenue... but right now it's hard to say just how high that percentage is. While we may not have the figures, we do know the PC has by far the most mature digital marketplace, and has moved the furthest away from retail. Unlike the current consoles, all of which offer robust selections of smaller games and retro titles for digital download, but which – for the most part - don't offer 'full' games, the PC essentially offers its entire catalogue. When a PC game comes out at retail, you'll be able to pick it up at the same time online, while there are plenty of other PC games only available online. According to the Interactive Australia 2009 report, 19% of Australian gamers download games from online vendors, and that's only going to grow.

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Re: Op Ed
Jul 28, 2009, 15:44
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Jul 28, 2009, 15:44
 
If that were true, I would still be using the PC. It's been turned off for 7 months.

I think the problem here is that you only buy the PS3 versions of multiplatform games, even when the PC versions are clearly better.
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Re: Op Ed
Jul 28, 2009, 14:13
Verno
 
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Jul 28, 2009, 14:13
 Verno
 
I really get tired of this made up "growing content, bigger than ever" that keeps getting tossed around as a defense to PC gaming decline. If that were true, I would still be using the PC. It's been turned off for 7 months. Stop counting rehashed old sh*t. It's just plain dead. Maybe when Rage and some of the Blizzard stuff comes out things will be better.

If you took your head out of the PS3's buttocks long enough to boot up your PC, you might find stuff to play.
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Re: Op Ed
Jul 27, 2009, 19:41
Kxmode
 
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Jul 27, 2009, 19:41
 Kxmode
 
While we may not have the figures, we do know the PC has by far the most mature digital marketplace, and has moved the furthest away from retail. Unlike the current consoles, all of which offer robust selections of smaller games and retro titles for digital download, but which – for the most part - don't offer 'full' games, the PC essentially offers its entire catalogue.

Fact.
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Re: Op Ed
Jul 27, 2009, 19:15
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Jul 27, 2009, 19:15
 
oh, something is dead alright.. its not pc gaming tho
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Re: Op Ed
Jul 27, 2009, 18:06
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Jul 27, 2009, 18:06
 
I really get tired of this made up "growing content, bigger than ever" that keeps getting tossed around as a defense to PC gaming decline. If that were true, I would still be using the PC. It's been turned off for 7 months. Stop counting rehashed old sh*t. It's just plain dead. Maybe when Rage and some of the Blizzard stuff comes out things will be better.

PS3 resurgance by GOW3 - Check! Mass Effect for PS3 - Check! Diablo 3 for consoles? I say "For sure"!
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Re: Op Ed
Jul 27, 2009, 15:54
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Jul 27, 2009, 15:54
 
Actually, Xbox Live just announced that full games will be downloadable to the Xbox 360 console, so the consoles are improving on the digital distribution front... Tho, storage is likely to be an issue for many folks.
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Re: Op Ed
Jul 27, 2009, 14:29
Verno
 
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Jul 27, 2009, 14:29
 Verno
 
Burn the download to a dvd and print a copy of any electronic manual.

This doesn't work without the client in the majority of online stores.
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Re: Op Ed
Jul 27, 2009, 14:21
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Jul 27, 2009, 14:21
 
Most of the digital distributors of games put titles on sale every week. A little patience and you'll see your cost savings. Want physical media? Burn the download to a dvd and print a copy of any electronic manual.
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Re: Op Ed
Jul 27, 2009, 14:07
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Jul 27, 2009, 14:07
 
Why digital sales and not digital rentals, because that's really what is it for the most part. If I don't own a physical copy of a game I feel I'm renting it. I can go to a video store and rent a new console title for 10 bucks for an entire week. Maybe if they translated the production cost savings into lower prices - you know, like they always said they would - and new games were only $20 or $30 to begin with than they'd have my attention, otherwise, no thanks.
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