Taking Stock: The Gibson-Goldstein Index

By Nick Breckon, Aug 18, 2008 3:26pm PDT An overwhelmingly positive week. How annoying.

PC Platform Perception

Computers used more often for gaming than any other platform. If only the users had some gaming money left after their WoW subscription.

'Rents apparently more nervous over video games than porn. Time to move out of the basement.

The Dark Knight may not officially have a game on the way, but regular-Batman does, and it's looking pretty good.

Star Trek Online
The Trek MMO is finally coming, and so far, it doesn't look half bad. Trekkies, un-Spock your fingers and start crossing them.

Militant Atheists
Wright's intelligently designed Spore has some atheists upset due to the presence of religion.

Team Fortress 2
Largest update yet planned for release on Tuesday.

EA Partners
No More Heroes dev and Epic Games both sign on to the EA publishing program.

"Even if it was a marginal business case, we would still do it because it's the right thing to do."
id Software's John Carmack, on the his company's plans to release Doom 4 on the PC platform.

"We don't exactly know the proper way to close down a company."
Former Flagship Studios employee Travis Baldree, on the slow death of the Hellgate: London developer.

"So far I've had no critical feedback at all from anybody who is religious feeling that we were misrepresenting religion or it was bad to represent religion in the game. It was really the atheists."
Maxis designer Will Wright, expressing his surprise that only atheists have objected to Spore.

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  • PC gaming is not dying and never was dying, but it's simply not seeing the growth that consoles are seeing, and the growth isn't really healthy as it's almost entirely growth in the casual gaming sector and World of Warcraft. Console growth is happening in all areas, with online and offline games both selling well, hardcore titles seeing record sales, and casual gaming (mostly by way of Nintendo) having huge mass appeal.

    Luckily, the one technical advantage consoles have had since late 2005 - better graphics for the majority of people playing it - is finally ending as more and more PCs with decent video cards are sold and more people play more graphically demanding games. But don't be surprised when in 2-3 years people are saying PC gaming is dying again as the new consoles with far improved technology are released.

    Until then, just ride it out and have fun as developers do better with PC gaming for the next 2-3 years than they did in the last 2-3.

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    • I would say that this past round of consoles is the first one in decades where the hardware can hold its ground against the PC. Even in the last generation, the consoles were a joke, power-wise, but this generation they're good enough that the exact same game can ship on PC's and consoles. Sure, the PC version can look better with its higher resolution and superior processing capabilities but the game is basically the same (think PREY, GoW, COD4, Oblivion, etc.)

      And people don't pirate console games like they do PC games. Let's stop being in denial about that. Yes, console piracy is possible and does happen. Yes, the R4 makes DS piracy trivially easy. But you can't buy an R4 in Wal-Mart like you can a DVD-R and most people do not mod their consoles.

      So that's why this current round of "The PC is Dying" is more fierce than previous rounds. Yes you're right in that this sentiment comes up every time a new console generation comes around, but the Xbox 360 came out in 2005 and the PS3/Wii came out in 2006 and we're still hearing a lot of it. Instead of being in denial about what the causes are, let's address them.