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Molyneux: PC Gaming "Huge Tragedy"

Molyneux despairs at tragic state of PC gaming on quotes the Lionhead designer on his complaints that a lack of innovation is to blame for declines in PC gaming:

"I think it's a huge tragedy. I mean, you might as well say PC gaming is World of Warcraft and The Sims... The weird thing is everyone's got a PC, they're just not buying software for it," commented Molyneux.

And while many developers are chasing the casual PC gaming market as the next big thing, Molyneux believes it's already suffering from repetition and a lack of imagination.

"There's an enormous amount of gaming happening with PopCap, Big Fish and Reflective.

"The fascinating thing is when they first started, all these games came out like Peggle and Mystery Files and Alice Greensleeves and Diner Dash, and it felt quite exciting. There was a lot of innovation going on. Okay, there weren't great graphics, but there was innovation.

"In my view, that has completely stopped. They're doing the same game over and over again with a different wrapper. It's like a mini-universe in itself which is emulating what's happening in our industry," he added.

20. No subject Feb 20, 2008, 16:00 Donkey_Punch
A big part of the problem is corporate mergers. Instead of smaller companies being creative and taking risks you have evil empires like UBI, EA, and Vivendi acquiring and squashing.

The same sort of kids that like to play CounterStrike care little about quality. For them it is all about action and graphics. As games spent more time on graphics the gameplay became less important and it takes a large corporation to be able to afford the large team of people dedicated to high resolution 3D graphics.

More money spent making a game = willing to take less risks.

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