Mark Rein Knocks Intel, Episodes

Epic's Mark Rein Intel is killing PC Gaming on Joystiq reflects the opinion the Epic VP expressed to the Develop Conference in Brighton that moves by Intel, in particular the promotion of integrated graphics on the motherboard, are hurting PC gaming. Epic VP: Intel is killing PC gaming! Ars Not really is an article offering an alternate opinion, which is probably not the last editorial that will be written on this topic. During his keynote address Rein also had an episode about episodic gaming, calling it "a broken business." According to the report, Rein's remarks met with some heckling from the audience, accusing him of being a "dinosaur" and "self-serving."
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You underestimate the significance of onslaught mode. It is radically different from anything in UT2003, and the fact that it was and still is by far the most popular of UT2004's modes played online demonstrates that. It's no mere team deathmatch addition to deathmatch or even something like instagib.

Onslaught is pretty badass.


Episodic games are all about reusing game content to deliver a shorter game experience for a lower price. Game developers like it because it allows them to have more products to sell to the consumer over the same period of time than if they were developing a traditional full length title. What Marc is saying is that because these episodic titles are competing against full length games for the consumer's attention, they don't stand a chance. At the episodic games' current price point I agree with him because the consumer can find plenty of full length games selling at the same or lower ptices than the episodic ones.

I'm not sure I agree with the reusing game content comment, but we'll have to see how different it is when HL2:EP2 and Sin episodes 2 come out. HL2:EP2 is supposed to be pretty different from HL2 and HL2:EP1 (since EP1 is pretty similar to Half Life 2). Sin episodes, we'll see. Then again, Sin episodes had the tagline "and everything... EXPLODES!" so what can you expect there.

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