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Quoteworthy - Epic on PC Gaming

"I think it's a fallacy that it hasn't. Everyone quotes World of Warcraft as being the obvious one, but there's a massively thriving community of hardcore gamers on the PC still. The way they get their games is different where it's nearly all online delivery, so you've got the likes of Paradox, who do a variety of niche content but it's all massively hardcore and serves that audience. You've got the World of Tanks guys who have something like a million concurrent users or something stupid like that. That is not a platform that is in trouble. It's just different, it's changed," says Epic's Mike Gamble. "It happens every so often, we've been having the same talks since Windows 95. It goes up and down, the consoles are here and the PC is in the trough, then the PCs are here and consoles are down there. That's how the performance works, just the fact that deliver has changed on PC, that it's not trackable as it once was, it's not the retail, it doesn't mean it's gone."

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6. Re: Quoteworthy - Epic on PC Gaming Aug 3, 2011, 22:35 nin
 
Beelzebud wrote on Aug 3, 2011, 22:29:
PC gaming passed Epic by while they were chasing that Halo dollar.

They went the id route and can concentrate on an engine that runs on both consoles and PCs (and that order is their preference, I'm sure). And the money rains in from both sides...

Not that I'm defending them in any way AT ALL...
 
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5. Re: Quoteworthy - Epic on PC Gaming Aug 3, 2011, 22:29 Beelzebud
 
PC gaming passed Epic by while they were chasing that Halo dollar.  
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4. Re: Quoteworthy - Epic on PC Gaming Aug 3, 2011, 22:22 necrosis
 
Which is in and which is out?

When was the last swing? I think this is the FIRST swing. The first time consoles stood a chance next to PC gaming ever. So saying things 'swing'... heh you must be able to see the future.
 
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3. Re: Quoteworthy - Epic on PC Gaming Aug 3, 2011, 22:01 StingingVelvet
 
Dades wrote on Aug 3, 2011, 21:01:
Funny how many of these devs in general are suddenly piping up to the press now that the console fortunes are fading and facing increased competition from mobile platforms.

Indeed. He isn't wrong though, console and PC gaming have traded back and forth on which is "in" and which is "out" since they started. Right now we're really already in a time where the focus is on the PC.
 
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2. Re: Quoteworthy - Epic on PC Gaming Aug 3, 2011, 21:30 Overon
 
Self serving bullshit. Talk all you want but when you release console exclusive content, statements like the above ring a bit hollow. And now that you can't just release a piece of shit game on consoles and expect it to do well, everyone is eying the PC again for the very reasons that Dades said.

People are paying 99 cents for mobile games. The 3ds has to have a price drop because people equate the 3ds with mobile games and few people are willing to pay 40 bucks for 3ds games and the hardware itself drops in price from $250 to $170 (US dollars).
 
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1. Re: Quoteworthy - Epic on PC Gaming Aug 3, 2011, 21:01 Dades
 
Funny how many of these devs in general are suddenly piping up to the press now that the console fortunes are fading and facing increased competition from mobile platforms.  
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