PC gamer market in 'tatters', says Molyneux

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Posted 3:39pm on Thu 2 October 2008
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Posted 3:39pm on Thu 2 October 2008
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Oh, Peter, *Peter*... Would you please put your brain in gear before flapping your mouth off? You think he would have learned by now.

The PC market isn't in tatters, it's evolving in a way that's very different to the past model that's been prevalent for the last 10 or 15 years. You've got the EA, big-budget, DRM camp who want to shovel out two dozen huge blockbuster titles each year in the retail sector, and the DRM-free indie camp who are using digital distribution models like Steam and Impulse to ship titles with minimal (or no) DRM direct to their customers. Molyneux has trapped himself in with the big business DRM camp, since he decided to take Microsoft's dollar and I don't think he actually understands the divergence in the market.

Still, I think he'll get the chance to when Fable II tanks in the charts, MS cut his studio loose and he has to rework Populous II for release on Steam so that he can afford to eat... What? Me, cynical? Never!
Posted 4:30pm on Thu 2 October 2008
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    I see so the fact there are in total 22 games being released on the PC in the month of October doesn't in any way show that Molyneux no longer has a clue about the PC market. I really think console developers should shut up they just embarrass themselves when they try and comment on a market they know nothing about.
    Posted 5:15am on Fri 3 October 2008
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      I mean you can say that piracy is a problem, but at the same time I think it could be said that inovation on the pc is the real problem. I'm sick of playing console ports that are dumbed down for consoles and poorly ported to PC. Everybody raves about how good Bioshock was, but all I saw was an extremely watered down version of system shock. I mean its like the developers of that game thought that menus are evil or something.

      What I miss is the amount of inovation we used to see on the PC. You bought a gaming pc before, because you knew that you would be playing games that you never played before. You would be able to play games that required thought, rather than console ports developed for people with IQ's of 80.

      Hopefully some of the big companies releasing sequel after sequel will leave the pc market and this will open up some space for new up and coming companies that will release titles which actually have some innovation and interesting game play.
      Posted 6:04am on Fri 3 October 2008
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        there is pircay on all gaming machines has anyone checked out the ds

        http://kotaku.com/5044010/capcom-exp...-participation

        it’s just that pc gets pick on by big companies.

        http://news.softpedia.com/news/Weeke...cy-91313.shtml

        http://www.edge-online.com/news/acti...ged-cod-pirate

        here are links to prove it.



        If you look pc gaming has the must games made for it

        http://adrianwerner.wordpress.com/games-of-2008/
        It's just that must game devs go multi plat because of cost. If any thing it's console gaming that might be in trouble just take a good listen from the info from this link.

        http://gametopius.com/index.php/vide...console-market

        E3 was pretty much dead this because of pc gaming. if pc gaming ever died the gaming it self would die. There is more big companies that support pcgaming than console gaming. If any thing hardware companies would turn on console. they don't make moeny on old pc.

        http://www.pcgamingalliance.org/en/index.asp
        Posted 11:11pm on Sun 5 October 2008
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          Perhaps Molyneux can stop worrying about the market being in tatters, and redeem his Fable 2 Collectors edition, which IS actually in tatters...
          Posted 4:52am on Tue 7 October 2008
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            By the way since there is piracy on all gaming machines! why is there no drm on console games too! just like there is drm on pc games. big companies want to destory the greatest plat form in the world. That is why they have to lie about pc gameing death every year!
            Posted 5:05am on Tue 7 October 2008
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              here is a linnk with some facts talking games going multi plat. game devs make more money that way. However because pc gaming gets better every year I feel that pc gaming will get too high tech for there to be mulit plat games.

              http://www.bit-tech.net/gaming/2008/...ng-pc-gaming/1

              this can clearly be seen by intels project offset
              Posted 2:52pm on Tue 7 October 2008
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                correction this can clearly be seen from games like spore, project offset, crysis, guildwars 2,total war,sin of the solar empire, witcher

                inde game devs are starting to fill in and take over where old big game devs use to be dominate. In fact smaller companies are putting the bigger companies to shame on the pc. Like for exmaple crysis, project offset and sins of the solar empire.

                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkoi6WCCJHY
                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBPeg...eature=related
                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ko1a73VG1U
                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CD-mJMB7Lw

                new companies have taken the place of older game devs as well!
                Posted 3:17pm on Tue 7 October 2008
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                  one last link this how far pc gaming is compared to consoles!!!

                  http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/...cle4557935.ece
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