Originally Posted by vinea
Several times bigger than 10M? If you include casual gaming that covers flash based web games for sure. Hard core gamers? Given that PC gaming has been on the decline since 1999 I dunno. 38M units sold in the US in 2005. Assuming every single sale was to a different individual sure. That ain't too likely though.
To me, you're just trying to segregate gamers into different levels in an effort to shrink the market. Seems you're concept is that gamers = hard core gamers (whatever that really means). Gamers play games, simple as that. Whether it be what I suppose would be considered a "hard-core" game like Unreal Tournament or Elder Scrolls Oblivion or a "casual game" like The Sims or the thousand variants of Diner Dash, they are all gamers.
The US console market was $4.8B in 2006. The US PC game market was $970M in 2006.
The market disagrees that PC games are better than console games.
If you consider that the PC is another gaming platform, then PC games did just as well (if not better) than any other plaform. Against the Xbox 360, Sony PS2, Sony PS3, Sony PSP, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, and whatever remains of the Xbox, PS1, Gamecube and Gameboy markets, the PC platform managed revenue equal to 20% of those combined sales. Sounds like games on the PC platform sell pretty darned well.
Doesn't really appear to me that the market agrees that console games are better.
Certainly games are an afterthought on the Mac.
Actually, it's pretty clear that games don't even rank as an afterthought to Apple. For example, sure there's a link on the Apple homepage about EA's new "Mac" games. Going to the page you'll find this funny quote: "For best game performance, Apple recommends Intel-based Macs."
Considering that the page is dedicated to the new EA games, and none of those will run on non-Intel Macs, doesn't it seem like Apple should point that out right there?
On the other hand, every time I visit the local Game Stop it seems the PC games are stuffed into an ever smaller space. Currently it looks how the old Mac Games section looked (one freestanding bookshelf). That is not what I call an over promising sign.
Which is kinda sad because I like mods. On the other hand XNA for the 360 scratches that itch.
And when I visit my local Best Buy, Circuit City, and even Walmart, I see equal shelf space given to PC games as I do any other platform. Again, if you combine the consoles as one big mass, PC games are dwarfed when it comes to shelf space. But that also is pretty disingenuous. Gamestop is pretty focused on console games (since it's a lot easier to sell a console than a computer).