This is a very valid observation. Witness how The Sims 3 reached award-winning sales numbers upon its release recently and this may just increase with the impending arrival (hopefully) of Blizzard's Starcraft 2 and with reports of a Command and Conquer 4.
As for the CC4 reports, it is said that EA launched a survey for RTS gamers. After the survey, some revelations were shown to the survey takers:
Now we would like to tell you about a new Command & Conquer game. Please read the following description. Command & Conquer 4 allows C&C fans to finally experience the epic conclusion to the 15-year Tiberium saga with innovative RPG-like player progression, persistent in both single-player and multiplayer modes, co-op play, and new stylized, live-action cinematics. Play with all new, bigger and badder, units from GDI and Nod, including the Crawler, the first ever mobile base in RTS games. --Play in epic 5 vs. 5 online multiplayer with all new objective-based game modes. --Play the campaign on your own or tackle it with a friend, as co-operative campaigns return. --Introducing the first mobile base in RTS games: The Crawler. Focus on the action as the Crawler becomes your all-in-one base, which can be deployed and redeployed anywhere on the battlefield for even more strategic options. --Play in the first ever class-based C&C game--a new challenge for C&C and RTS players to master. --Dive into an all-new story written by a new scriptwriting team and told through trademark C&C cinematics taken to the next level with grittier, stylized FMVs in the vein of Minority Report. --Play in the first RTS game with MMORPG-like player progression in which you are rewarded every time you play. Every unit you kill in single player, multiplayer, or skirmish gives you experience points that allows you to level up your abilities and unlock new units, powers, and upgrades to your arsenal.
Junk angel;4885122The only problem I can see is the amount of managers that might get out. Imagine if EA made one, valve made one, GFWL had one etc etc.
That has already happened. If you buy a game from EA via their Download Manager, it won't run unless the "EADM" is running.(I got a free copy of Mirrors Edge with my graphics card & this is how it was distributed) GTA IV automatically loads Games For Windows Live when the game starts. I honestly think STEAM is the best way to go, unless you are a person who has no internet access. You cannot play your games unless they are initially verified through STEAM
I am not a steam fan... not in the least.
I don't know why but steam doesn't seem to work on my computer. I've tried to download a few steam demos and I couldn't get any of them started.
My wife tired to download a free steam program once and the same thing happened... nothing. It would not start.
Tried all of them several times.
Anyways, PC games have been dieing for a long time now. Hastings used to have a very huge PC selection. They got rid of all of them. Wal-mart just this year reduced theirs by 50%.
I know a few gamestops that stop carrying PC's games all together.
If they do make a comeback...that would be great.
Warborg;4932163I don't know why but steam doesn't seem to work on my computer. I've tried to download a few steam demos and I couldn't get any of them started.
Sounds like that could be a conflict with some software installed on your system, be it a firewall, AV, game browser, what have you. I would get on the Steam forums and ask around about it or try to get some relevant info on a Steam FAQ/Troubleshooting page.
There's no way they'll ever be able to stop piracy completely, but by using managers such as Steam they can at least lower the numbers.
For most people, making the game linked to Steam, a way of checking a game's integrity online, makes it too much effort for most people to Torrent games. They'd rather just earn the money and buy the game, than download it illegally and fiddle around with it, which may or may not work. Though, to be fair, I don't like Steam anyway.
7th December 2003
thebrassthief;4885159I'm sorry but...no kidding? This was not obvious all along?
A couple of years ago everyone was claiming consoles would rule the world and PCs are dying out. In the last two years or so that has changed to "turns out the PC isn't dead yet" and now it is "consoles are in trouble".
And that cycle will beginn again with the next generation of consoles, I guess.
Complex Games;4929264Go to Gamestop and you see a smaller and smaller PC Games section, but that is because DownLoadable Content is becoming huge in that market. EA recognizes this by releasing their Battleground Heroes for free. They believe they will make lots of money by getting millions in micro-transactions.
At mine is was completely gone. I was going to go buy S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky along with Halo Wars, and when I walked in they only had like several new PC games in the the store and thats it. It made me pretty mad that I can't go there and buy PC games anymore.
Count_Chocu1a;4929483That has already happened. If you buy a game from EA via their Download Manager, it won't run unless the "EADM" is running.(I got a free copy of Mirrors Edge with my graphics card & this is how it was distributed) GTA IV automatically loads Games For Windows Live when the game starts. I honestly think STEAM is the best way to go, unless you are a person who has no internet access. You cannot play your games unless they are initially verified through STEAM
Yea, EA tried to push this application to varying success. One of the most idiotic features of this was that unlike steam, you could only redownload your games so many times before having to "refill" your privileges. I'm not sure if they still got that, but I know they're probably going to force people to use that for their titles, especially for micropayments. Sims 3 will probably use this a lot.
But yea, digital distribution has helped PC sales and accessibility. I never felt the trouble of PC becoming an obsolete market though, like some of the doomsayers from the console crowd were claiming.
EA only just now notices this?