March 4, 2011

Death of PC Gaming is ‘Bullshit’

Shack­news recent­ly did and Inter­view with DICE Gen­er­al Man­ag­er Karl Mag­nus Troeds­son dur­ing GDC 2011 and when asked about the decline/death of PC gam­ing he sim­ply said it was ‘bull­shit’.
“I felt that we had, maybe, set PC aside a bit too much. I’ve said this pub­licly before, we were very unhap­py that we were not able to get a PC ver­sion out of Bat­tle­field: Bad Com­pa­ny. It was down to sheer man­pow­er, or lack there­of. We felt that we couldn’t just bring out the Frost­bite engine, and bring the game to con­soles, and get the PC ver­sion out. We just failed there,” he admit­ted.
“It’s some­thing that we regret but it was a pure fact that we were faced upon.

“We fixed that with Bad Com­pa­ny 2. Now it’s Bat­tle­field 3 and we thought, ‘Now it’s time to give some extra love to the PC com­mu­ni­ty.’ But also, we strong­ly believe in PC gam­ing. Two years ago, maybe one year ago, peo­ple talked about ‘the decline of PC gam­ing.’ Or ‘the death of PC gam­ing.’ These kind of words were thrown around and, hon­est­ly, that’s bull­shit.
“PC gamers are prob­a­bly the most hard­core play­ers we have out there. Sure, online game­play has been on the rise on the Xbox 360 and PS3. There are a lot of hard­core online play­ers there too. But on PC? That’s our core audi­ence.”
Many com­pa­nies will claim that PC gam­ing is not prof­itable because of the pira­cy or lack of sales or hard­er devel­op­ment times but com­pa­nies like dice sell mil­lions of copies on the PC plat­form and make a sol­id prof­it.  Per­son­al­ly I think it comes down to greed and con­trol.  But thats just my per­son­al opin­ion.  I would agree that pira­cy is a big prob­lem in PC gam­ing but the major­i­ty of peo­ple who pirate games will still con­tin­ue to pirate games and it’s becom­ing much more prevalant on con­soles now that hack­ers have opened them up.  I sus­pect we will see a surge in pira­cy with con­sole titles in the next few years.

1 comment

  1. PimpmasterF - March 13, 2011 7:40 am

    I cer­tain­ly hope the death of PC gam­ing is bull­shit, although it seems to be in a steady decline whether it be for pira­cy or greed rea­sons. This is the one area where Im shal­low, dont get me wrong I total­ly dig my PS3 and Xbox but if I can get a game for PC I will as I can pret­ty it up with cus­tom set­tings. Con­sole gam­ing is fun but lacks much of they eye can­dy PC gam­ing has.….…oooooooohhhh shi­i­i­iny


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