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#1 8 years ago
  • Microsoft claims renewed PC focus, since “Windows is far and away the largest gaming platform in the world.”
  • According to Gartner Group, PC hardware sales are up 20% in Q2 2010 compared to the same quarter in 2009.
  • Big Fish Games just published news they had distributed their billionth (!) game online.
  • Google Invests $100 Million in Zynga, allegedly to launch “Google Games.”
  • Blizzard puts, if not $100 Million into a PC-only title when launching Starcraft 2, at least it seems like they are putting a lot of money into the development..
  • NPD just recently claimed, “PC retail and digital distribution sales reaching parity” in a press release.

Link: Bobby, Mark and Paradox Interactive - Paradox Interactive

I found that to be a very interesting read, especially as it's coming from the (hands?) mind of a game developer himself and not some underpaid analyst.




BlitZ, The 57th

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#2 8 years ago

Microsoft claims that yet makes/publish so many games that are console exclusive and cuts away the good games from PC?(profits) NO! NO! NO!




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#3 8 years ago
“Windows is far and away the largest gaming platform in the world.”

MS isn't the least bit sincere about focusing on PC gaming, renewed or otherwise. They call PC the largest gaming platform but their way of quantifying that statement is by emphasizing how many PCs in the world are "potential" gaming PCs. It would be nice if they'd live in the real world once in a while and talk in terms of how many PCs actually ARE used for gaming. They are one of the founding members of the PC Gaming Alliance, an organization supposedly intent on keeping PC gaming strong, yet they talk this kind of BS in their mission statement. Seems to me it's all a clever guise designed to gloss over what they've really done to PC gaming. :rolleyes:




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#4 8 years ago

Makes sense from MS's point of view to keep PC gaming alive. The sum of income from PC market and console market is probably larger than the income from just one of the two. Their console is now popular enough not to have to fear the PC or the console competition, so chances are both systems will continue to exist for a while.




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#5 8 years ago

It's a shame really. Microsoft used to publish some great games on the PC, many of which remain some of my all-time favourites - I can't actually recall playing a truly 'bad' game with the MS label on the box. Then the Xbox came along and it all went to hell.




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#6 8 years ago
Mr. Matt;5393686It's a shame really. Microsoft used to publish some great games on the PC, many of which remain some of my all-time favourites - I can't actually recall playing a truly 'bad' game with the MS label on the box. Then the Xbox came along and it all went to hell.

Not even Magic School Bus? What about Microsoft Golf? Or Microsoft Soccer, if you remember that. Or Fury3. Monster Truck Madness, anyone? Microsoft Space Simulator, Motocross Madness, Microsoft 3D Movie Maker......... I could go on.

But yeah. They've made shite games. xD


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#7 8 years ago

FileTrekker;5393696Not even Magic School Bus? What about Microsoft Golf? Or Microsoft Soccer, if you remember that. Or Fury3. Monster Truck Madness, anyone? Microsoft Space Simulator, Motocross Madness, Microsoft 3D Movie Maker......... I could go on.

But yeah. They've made shite games. xD

None of those were truly, Daikatana 'bad' though. Just average.

Then there were the awesome games they released. Urban Assault, Age of Empires, Starlancer, Freelancer, Rise of Nations... many of my favourite games of all time came from Microsoft, prior to their decision to launch a games console.




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#8 8 years ago
Not even Magic School Bus?
None of those were truly, Daikatana 'bad' though. Just average.

You evil, evil guy.


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#9 8 years ago

I bet my mom has a share in those billion Big Fish games sales




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#10 8 years ago

I use my PC more and more often. Much better deals than with console games. I have a few TBs of storage on my computer, so I can download away without any fear of crashing. Services like Steam are a lot more trustworthy than Xbox Live, because XBL saves your download history to your hard drive instead of your account--which means if you get a new console and hard drive, you'll need to repurchase all of your downloaded games.

Besides, Lord of the Rings Online just went free on Friday. Consoles don't have free MMOs, or any MMOs for that matter.