Where’s the PC Demo going?

Reoh | 23 January 2010 | Comments off

Penned by the hand of Carnaldestruct.

With so many huge up-and-coming new releases for 2010, I ponder the thought, "How many of these will the PC gamer taste as demo's?"

Having never owned a console of any kind, and being purely a PC gamer, I've found it quite perplexing that we are being given less demo's each year for new titles. I'm not one to run out and buy something just because everyone else is, I'm more likely to purchase a new release because they gave me a demo to try and see if I enjoyed it. With two adult gamers in the house the costs can be overwhelming, especially if we both like the same product.

They believe that PC gaming will never die, and consoles will become more and more like themToday with all the consoles available, so many developers write demo's for them; but they've forgetten about the poor old pc gamer. Is it a question of the console one day ruling the gaming kingdom, or is it just cheaper for them to make a console demo?? All these questions but not so many answers. I googled this and found virtually nothing to explain them, most sites actually said quite the opposite! They believe that PC gaming will never die, and consoles will become more and more like them.

I often wonder if this is because demo's cost more to make, or is it the sheer size that's required to give someone a good enough taste? In the past I've been extremely disappointed with games that I purchased just for the hell of it. There is also a distinct possibility that people commit more piracy of games today due to the lack of demo's. Are we maybe head towards battlefield heroes, combat arms, and quake live; where game play is free? However will the industry make their mogul millions??

Does the games industry work into cahoots with the hardware manufacturers to keep us spending the almighty dollar?It seems with each new pc game release we need to upgrade our machines; Is this true of consoles as well? Each new title is bigger, usually has better graphics, and requires faster components. That upgrade you bought 2 months ago is now virtually useless, unless of course you don't mind playing a game with the settings turned down. Does the games industry work into cahoots with the hardware manufacturers to keep us spending the almighty dollar?

The questions are out there, yet does anyone really know the answers; I personally don't believe that PC gaming itself will ever die out. It may just become too expensive to buy a computer, or the parts to run these new games. Which poses another question, "Will pc parts start to make dramatic drops in price so that people can still run these games?"

References

  • Bit-tech.net, "Is PC Gaming Dieing?"
  • tech-forums.net, "Piracy reason PC gaming is dying."
  • Tom'sHardware.com, "The real reason PC gaming is dying."
  • Poll: How much time do you game each week?

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