NegaDeath wrote on Jun 14, 2013, 00:19:
Rattlehead wrote on Jun 14, 2013, 00:06:
PCs aren't consoles. Also Steam games are digital, not physical media. Deruka DERR
Also neglects that retail stores ignoring boxed PC games is what caused Steam to take off in the first place. Steam was the answer to a problem, consoles don't have that problem.
Walmart and the publishers had killed the used PC game market by that time as well.
Walmart pushed for the smaller boxes meaning less room for good manuals, artwork, trinkets, and all the little extras we fondly remember from the golden days of PC gaming.
Publishers were using DRM that may or may not work with your optical media drive. I had to have 2 different drives to cope with this. They linked your cdkey to an account (destroying used game sales/trades), but you still needed to have the CD in your system. With games needing 1 to 3 to 5 to 6 cds to install, discs got lost and were easily scratched and would not be replaced. Then publishers got really
cheap with their packaging.
There was no value in owning a boxed copy of a PC game, and terms with the publishers were extremely anti-consumer. We got to deal with all the negatives of the licensing model, compounded with all the negatives of the purchase being a physical "packaged good." I know we are all die hard PC gamers on this site, but PC gaming was dead. Steam came along which looked a lot like UPlay at the time, and a lot of people left PC gaming.
The only place a gamer could be welcomed as a customer and not as a vile thief was the consoles. Though consoles are responsible for the dumbing down of some of our most cherished franchises and gaming experiences, they have kept gaming alive during the last generation if not two. Don't forget it was publisher greed that had nearly destroyed PC gaming.
Hearing twice now that Microsoft's official response to XBOne's criticisms has been to buy a 360, I am reminded of the same arrogance and greed that nearly destroyed PC gaming. I seem to remember Microsoft touting this wonderful feature of the 360 that was going to take expansion packs from the PC world and bring it to console players. I believe they called it DLC. Hasn't that been great for gaming? With the original XBOX they attempted to turn RealLife into a MMORPG by requiring a monthly fee for Live and extending that further on the 360 by having us grind for achievements to increase our gamer score (yes, I know I am reaching there, but its a good analogy). Their biggest blunder is trying to monetize/kill used/traded games. Used games is why most gamers have consoles in the first place
Back to Steam. As much as we all thought it was evil incarnate, look at what Valve did. They took a situation where it was already all negative, and gave us some positives. We don't need a cd in the tray to play a game. We can redownload anytime we wish. We get community integration. Even though its a full on licensing model, we still get sales. Lots and lots of sales. They've worked to support other platforms like Mac OSX and Linux. We lose some too, we sill have DRM that has online requirements, and we are reliant on a single vendor.
But the biggest benefit, is it put the first nail into the coffin of greedy publishers. If we aren't buying physical media, what good is a publisher? I think that pushed them to focus on consoles even more. But they still had the studios in their grip, because they had the money. They decided what games were made and for what platform, and at what quality. They decided who in the industry would eat, and who would starve. But now the gamers and the studios making the games can circumvent that control with Kickstarter. As long as Kickstarter funded games live up to their promise in both feeding the developers, and giving gamers what they want, PC gaming hasn't looked better in a long time.
The path Microsoft is on is the path of destruction, the scope of which is capable of destroying an entire industry with their history of buying studios to deprive the competition. There is no value in buying xbone games, or really in owning the console itself. Even Microsoft is telling us the 8 year old 360 is the better console out of its own mouth. I believe XBox Bro is listening.