What evidence? Gaming is made up of more than simply "popular" titles and genres. Consumers don't exclusively belong to one category either. Many Bluesnews readers own both consoles and PCs even.
I happen to be a primarily PC gamer who also owns consoles. I believe I fall on the hardcore end of the gamer spectrum, although I've tended somewhat more towards casual games recently, mostly due to time constraints. I still do the vast majority of my gaming on the PC. The console tends to be for playing games with my wife or certain console-only titles that I have an interest in.
There are many more console gamers than PC gamers. The overlap between the two is largely in the casual game market. Hardcore players of either platform are very much a minority, and the overlap of hardcore gamers that play on both platforms would be even smaller.
Now, we've discussed the definition of "consolized" to death in these forums in the past, and there are a lot of traits that we've identified that define it. Many of these are even supported by the comments from the developers themselves as being necessary for the game to work on the console platform. Others are just due to the tastes of console gamers in general or at least the perception of those tastes by the developer/publisher.
So, when talking about console-kiddies, I'm using a somewhat derogatory term to describe that large group of gamers that flock to the type of game that developers release that fits that "consolized" definition, which tends to be antithetical to hardcore PC gamers. Does that mean it's antithetical to all PC gamers? No, of course not, but it is to most hardcore PC gamers, which is why we see the outcry against consolization of games when they come out. The outcry comes from the hardcore crowd which are, of course, disproportionately represented in forums like this.
I wonder sometimes if the hardcore PC gamer population is dwindling, possibly because, like me, they are trending away from hardcore titles to more casual fare as they have less time for gaming in their lives. I still prefer deeper games, and I find most of the casual games out there to be boring beyond belief, but the silver lining is that while there are fewer deep games out there now, they tend to be sufficient since I have less time to play anyway.
The next time a publisher says all PC consumers are pirates I'll be looking for you and Jerykk sitting there defending the publisher because all generalizations and stereotypes are so true....right? That's what I thought.
Not likely, since I'm a pirate, and Jerykk has admitted to his share of downloading games as well. I don't think I could offer much defense against the claim. I can explain it, but I can't deny it.
Edit: I misread that last part when I replied. I meant that I would probably agree that there are a lot of PC gamers that are pirates, but I probably wouldn't agree with the reasons that the publishers give, or with their claims about the effects.This comment was edited on Jan 14, 2010, 22:30.
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