The PC gaming industry is slowly dying
By now, the decline of the PC gaming industry should be apparent to PC gamers around the world. Part of the decline was due to new interest in next-gen game consoles (XBox 360, PS3, Wii), but sadly another motivating cause is the continued piracy of PC games.
From what I can tell, this demise started sometime in 2007, but had a notable major impact in 2008. In 2008, we saw a shift away from PC games and much more towards console games. Games like Brothers In Arms: Hell’s Highway, Rainbow Six Vegas 2, and Fallout 3 were released on consoles before being released for PC. The fact that three big-name first-person shooter games were delayed on PC really says something. Before next-gen consoles, first-person shooters generally preferred the PC over the console; now it’s the other way around. Fallout was originally a PC game series, however; The tide has turned and Fallout 3 was released to consoles months before it was available on PC. GRRRRRRRR. . . keyboard / mouse >>>>> controller, damn!
If that’s not enough, how about an FPS and (drum roll please) an RTS game released exclusively for consoles? The two games in question are Battlefield: Bad Company and Tom Clancy’s End War. Finding out that the Battlefield: Bad Company PC development was nowhere to be found, he was truly pissed off. Battlefield 2142 took a long time to be replaced, but EA slows PC gamers a blind eye. What an insult! They are resisting the same people who made the Battlefield series a success.
End War is another story – (for the furry ones who thought of this) what the heck, guys? Do you know what gamers think of when you put RTS and console in the same sentence? Starcraft 64 (what a big gaffe). However, the fact that End War is actually a decent average game should make you believe that the PC counterpart was in the works right away. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Although PC development is underway, creative director Michael de Plater blames piracy for the delay.
So fellow PC readers and gamers, please support the industry you love so much. We should consider ourselves lucky that Far Cry 2 was released simultaneously on both PC and consoles, but that may not be the case in the future. What if Far Cry 3 were a console-only game? I hope you see the trend that the PC gaming industry is taking. One of the only ways to revive the industry is to stop hacking! Bottom line: either buy the game and hope for better games or hack the game and don’t even think of a sequel.