id On RAGE "Cluster!@#$" and Lead Platforms

Kotaku asks the musical question "Why Was The PC Launch of Rage Such A "Cluster!@#$"?," getting answers from id on the topic, who express frustration with problems that were largely caused by driver issues. Along the way they also address how the game being designed for consoles holds back the PC edition. "You can choose to design a game around the specs of a high-end PC and make console versions that fail to hit the design point, or design around the specs of the consoles and have a high-end PC provide incremental quality improvements," John Carmack tells them. "We chose the latter." He also bluntly addresses why this makes sense for id (emphasis Kotaku's):
"We do not see the PC as the leading platform for games," Carmack added. "That statement will enrage some people, but it is hard to characterize it otherwise; both console versions will have larger audiences than the PC version. A high end PC is nearly 10 times as powerful as a console, and we could unquestionably provide a better experience if we chose that as our design point and we were able to expend the same amount of resources on it. Nowadays most of the quality of a game comes from the development effort put into it, not the technology it runs on. A game built with a tenth the resources on a platform 10 times as powerful would be an inferior product in almost all cases."
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It's quite sad really. Deus Ex, Dead Island, Rage, Red Orchestra 2, BF3 Beta game launches...these are all indicative for the state of PC Gaming.

Only game I recall getting recently that hasn't had a bad launch was Bastion.

Played Deus Ex today for the first time in a few weeks, and seems to have finally been fixed with a combination of the last patch and the new AMD Rage video drivers. I can finally play, even with SSAO on High and everything else maxed at 1080. Very few hitches etc.

Dead Island was broken for 5 days with the wrong build and disabled coop servers.

Red Orchestra 2, various problems, too many to name, culminating in an achievements and stats reset. It was needed, but should never have had to happen.

Rage, so many problems and still ongoing.

When does it end?

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