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PC gamer market in “tatters,” says Molyneux

Thursday, 2nd October 2008 20:23 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Speaking to Videogamer, Lionhead boss Peter Molyneux’s issued a damning verdict on the state of the PC gaming industry, saying it’s in “tatters”.

“If you look at the gamer market on PC, I’ll be quite honest with you, it’s in tatters,” he said.

“There aren’t that many releases on PC. There are some high points like Crysis and what Blizzard is doing, but other than that you are restricted to The Sims and World of Warcraft, they seem to be dominating the PC side.”

The developer spoke directly about DRM issues currently affecting the platform.

“I would say while me as a player hates any restrictions, [but] I can understand that publishers need to do something to give them the confidence to make games for the PC, to spend the huge amounts of money necessary to spend on development and to get their return,” he said.

“Anything that may give them more confidence on the PC means that ultimately we as gamers will come out better off because they will invest more in the game.”

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4 Comments

  1. David

    This is the last time I’m going to say thing because I’m sick to death of hearing about DRM.

    Publishers hate the idea of people taking there games for free here is a simple and easy solution. Sign up to dam steam find away to integrate steam into the games and make people register those games to steam.

    How dam hard is it really valve offer a no hassle and amazing software which offers the solution these publishers want. It also offers the gamer less hassle as he can download the game on as many computers as he wants as long as he signs into steam.

    So publishers stop moaning and sign up to offer your dam games over steam.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. brennan40

    I think they also need to bring more value to their packaging. When you look at pirates and those who purchase the games, the difference between the two is mostly a dvd, flimsy manual and plastic box.
    I’m not saying make every release like a CE and jack up the price, but they really should make people feel like they’re getting their money’s worth (beyond the software).
    eg. The Witcher Enhanced Edition.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. CaptainPrescott

    Don’t be fooled. This all has to do tech. Console games work with the technology on the machine and that does not change. This allows for games to be created faster and run smoothly regardless of what type of genre it is. The developers are working with a consistent environment that makes it easy for the average user to simply put the stupid disk in the console and PRESTO…the game runs. Easy.

    Not so with the PC. I am a PC gamer and simply cannot play the latest games on my PC. Ever changing memory and video requirements that is different for each game. Its nearly impossible to keep up with the changes plus you really need to know how to configure your computer with the latest patches, settings etc.

    WOW makes it work because they designed their game to run on older computers. If you want the PC gaming industry to rock, come up with a consistent set of requirements that all publishers would adhere to for the next 5-10 years.

    Right now I’m going to go buy my $4,000 Alienware laptop so I can play Crysis.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. El_MUERkO

    shut up mister burns!

    #4 6 years ago

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