Sweeney: PCs Good for Anything... But Games

Unreal creator: Tim Sweeney PCs are good for anything, just not games” on TG Daily is a Q&A with the Epic CEO which, as the title of the article suggests, features some negative comments about the PC as a gaming platform. This is actually just the age-old complaint about PCs with integrated graphics, as he says that mainstream PCs are not suited to gaming:
Retail stores like Best Buy are selling PC games and PCs with integrated graphics at the same time and they are not talking about the difference [to more capable gaming PCs]. Those machines are good for e-mail, web browsing, watching video. But as far as games go, those machines are just not adequate. It is no surprise that retail PC sales suffer from that. Online is different, because people who go and buy games online already have PCs that can play games. The biggest problem in this space right now is that you cannot go and design a game for a high end PC and downscale it to mainstream PCs. The performance difference between high-end and low-end PC is something like 100x.
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This is an iffy time to be making such statements about ridiculously priced hardware... With so many different brands of 8800GT 512Mb cards available in the 250-300 dollar range (and the ever-so-slightly lesser-performing but even cheaper 9600GT cards just hitting the market), for someone who already has a decent PCI-E based PC, the choice between tossing in one (or even two) of these cards in vs buying an X-box or PS3 gets a little harder, especially when you have to settle for those crappy-assed gamepads as controllers.

I've got two BFG 8800GT OC 512Mb cards in SLI mode that cost me prolly around the same as a PS3 kit, and after finishing Crysis on HIGH dx9 settings at framerates averaging in the 30s (never complained about stuttering for a change) and seeing COD4 with the details maxed out at 1440x900 with over 100fps, Bioshock maxed out and smooth as silk, I can safely conclude that my money was better spent on the PC cards than it would have on a PS3 or 360.

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Hump Has It Right
Mar 10, 2008, 20:48
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When a top of the line video card exceeds the price of the top console, said video card manufacturer will continue to see his market shrink until as such, both (AMD and Nvidea) will eventually merge, sending prices higher, thereby creating the same scenario. Eventually all games and gamers are forced to MS, Sony, Nintendo consoles thereby creating a closed market. So when you can't sell more video cards there are only 2 other ways to make profit: Price increase for cards, driving console prices up or doing more with less resources meaning layoffs.... Of course there is the expansion of the global economy, which is why we outsource. Pump payroll into say, India, in order get funds out there to purchase the consoles. Someday,the global economy will maximize but then prices go up. Global inflation.

We better hurry and find new life on other planets and outsource to them in order to feed console sales.

What the hell did I just say? Must be drunk.

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Corp. America is so short sided.

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Mar 10, 2008, 20:43
 
While Sweeney makes some good points, especially on the disparity between integrated and dedicated hardware, the entire basis of his argument is 100% wrong:

This is unfortunate, and this is one of main reasons behind the decline of the PC as a gaming platform.


There is no decline. These people need to take their heads out of their asses. An industry that continues to grow on all fronts - from high budget blockbusters, to one-man indie games, to casual franchises - is the direct opposite of a decline.


Sweeney needs to read this: http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=17744

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bunch of wankers


EDIT: Epic that is
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Not everyone is a graphics whore. Until game developers learn this important lesson they will continue to not make the billions of dollars that companies like Blizzard pull in.

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as long as companies like nvidia are continually worshipped for their products rather than criticized for forcing price levels that are simply ridiculous for non-hobbyists, nothing will change.

If they want to be such a large part of the industry they better start acting to shape it for everyone and not a select few who can afford their overpriced product.

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This is how a dinosaur goes extinct
Mar 10, 2008, 20:23
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"You have really low-end games with little hardware requirements, like Maple Story. That is a $100 million-a-year business."

"PCs are good for anything, just not games."

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I blame Intel.
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