Well... I disagree that Intel is killing PC Gaming... if anything... it's the idiot developers that don't support the largest install base (aka Intel integrated graphics). DX 7 or 8 graphics level is plenty of eye candy for folks with shitty rigs.
There's a ton of pc illiterate folks that buy games at Wal-Mart or Costco... and what are they buying??? The Sims and other $10 crap casino games that will run on their shitty rigs... and they refuse to buy something that will cost them a ton of money, or force them into constant upgrades.
Another thing that will help kill PC gaming is Microsoft and
Windows ME 2.0. Once games go "DX10 only"... I won't be buying any new PC games, because I'll never load that bloated piece of shit on any of my machines (Even newly built rigs). Years of constantly upgrading just to play a fucking game at good FPS has taken it's toll on me... and I'm not going to spend another dime on uneccessary upgrades for fucking gaming, when I can do 90% of the shit windows does, in Linux (Without BS intrusions from MS)... and boot Windows XP when I want to play one of my many
games from a very large collection. (And probably better games than most of the 'shit games' that will get released in the future)
Once someone invents a mouse and programmable keyboard that works with every
game, on a console... I'll switch to console gaming.
Get your games from GOG DAMMIT!