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Carmack: PC "A Unique Platform"

There's a John Carmack Q&A on Computer and Video Games talking about Quake Live and related topics in an interview that also gets responses from id executive producer Marty Stratton. No conversation with the id Software Technical Director is complete these days without asking his thoughts on the uncertain state of PC gaming, and this one prompts an answer saying that developers need to appreciate "the PC as a unique platform rather than a gaming machine that happens to be in your den rather than your living room." He goes on to explain: "The traditional big-budget, media-rich, single-player type games like we used to make at id Software through to Doom 3, all that really has to be done cross-platform on the consoles now, to basically cover the development expenses for something like that. But the PC still has huge success stories, with things like The Sims 2 and World of Warcraft, which have been bigger successes than any console game has ever been, or possibly ever could be in the near future. At the end of the day, you have to look at the PC as a platform with its own strengths and weaknesses."

21. --- Sep 8, 2008, 00:21 siapnar
I don't blame any developer for wanting to go the console route (in addition to PC development), since that's where the money is now. It's like some of you guys don't realize how businesses work. If most of your target clientele is moving elsewhere, you make the same move to accommodate them.

What isn't fair though, is making a mutiplatform game specifically for console, then porting it to PC later. It should be vice versa, considering it's easier to dumb down things like menus, texture sizes and interfaces rather then add and improve them at the end.

Really? So "Creston" isn't really Latin for "grrrrrrrrrrr!", give or take a few R's? Amazing...<sigh>

Looks like you've still got that pickle rammed up your ass...<sigh>

This comment was edited on Sep 8, 00:32.
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