Originally Posted by ruel24
Ummmm, no! What has ruined the PC gaming market is Microsoft's entry into the game console market: The XBox and XBox 360. Consoles have always been around, but the current crop of high powered consoles combined with 1080P HDTV's and Microsoft's ignoring of PC gaming to foster the XBox has all but ruined the PC gaming market.
No, not really. Original Xbox was completely marginal. 360 is doing great, but thinking of it, there's only a handful of 360 exclusives not available on PC - games like Fable, GOW1, Halo 1 and 2... did appear on PC, though some did with delay.
As it is, MS is trying to strike some sort of balance - no matter how 360 platform is important for them gaming wise, "Games for Windows" business is also important. Without healthy Windows gaming, many of MS allies will suffer (as games are strong motive for home users to purchase new hardware) and whole MS home market share might suffer as well as there is number of people sticking with Windows at their homes primarily because of games. Without games, OSX platform would be much more competitive to Windows platform for home users.
I think that Sony and Nintendo are hurting PC gaming much more than MS - their exclusives remain their exclusives for lifetime. We might see GOW2 and Halo3 on PC at some point, but Gran Tourismo, God of War or any Mario game we will never see.
But at the end of the day, what hurts Windows gaming most are... gamers. Much as I recall, majority of multiplatform games will sell better on consoles than on PC. Pirating does have impact, but it's not only that. Gaming on consoles is more casual and more social as well. Playing FIFA10 with your mate in your living room, from sofa, on big screen beats the crap out of playing FIFA with your mate in study, sitting on chairs and squeezing in front of 24" monitor. Even gaming alone, living room is much more relaxing than sitting at the desk - especially if you sit at the desk most of your work time. Plus, no one cheats on console online games (major reason for me).
I have more than decent PC, yet since I got PS3 for Christmas, I purchased 24 PS3 games and only 1 PC game (Mass Effect 2). I haven't even downloaded any PC game in the meantime - heck, I haven't even played PC game I've purchased yet. In time, as the technology gap will spread between PC and PS3, I will get more into PC gaming, but at present numbers are obvious.