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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.

55. Re: No subject Mar 12, 2008, 20:20 Creston
This is in line with the PC alliance thing they joined, he is talking about the problems of the platform

It's not a problem Matty, it's just them whining about not selling enough units. And MAYBE that's, I dunno, because their PC ports of their latest two games have sucked?

Integrated video sucks and a pretty reasonable number of PCs are running them

And these people have traditionally never bought the kind of game that Epic puts on the market. So what does it matter? Intel has been promising to improve their integrated video since the days of Doom3, and it still can't run anything that's less than five years old. It's not going to change. Whether the "PC Gaming Alliance" bleats about it or not. This is the same kind of bullshit that Valve had oh so long ago, how they were going to form this alliance that was going to miraculously make your ping < 0.003 seconds. And all they did was yap and bleat and in the end nothing fucking changed.

Why would Intel care? Why add integrated video that can play modern games when it just raises the price of your motherboard by 50-100 dollars, and the people that buy motherboards with integrated video (ie, the low end machines) AREN'T GOING TO BE PLAYING THE LATEST 3D SHOOTERS ANYWAYS.

He is spot on about this being something that is holding PC gaming back

Funny, because their earlier games sold just fine. I guess it wasn't holding it back then? Integrated graphics sucked just as much when UT came out.
And all this holding back has the PC platform generation 1.7 billion dollars of sales. I wish my salary would be so held back.

"increasing the quality of integrated video to up the potential market for more serious games on the PC. "

The people that play serious games, have a serious graphics card. The end. Or do you really see Joe Schmoe who buys his PC from fucking Best Buy somehow really getting involved in Gears of War 2?

It's Epic. All they know how to do is whine and moan and fucking cry. If they spent all the time they've wasted on bitching about the state of PC Gaming into actually making a decent game, we'd all be playing UT2K9million right now, and not be sitting here telling Epic to just shut the fuck up.


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