Bleep Bloop Bloop Blip. Those are the sounds of the Atari 2600.
They were the center of attention in the early 80's when computers
were at their mere infancy. Is it any wonder we stayed hours in
front of a television being mesmerised by the pong paddles going
back and forth with the splendor of it's graphics?
have come a long way since then, and now the X-box by MS is poised
to take us back to the golden years of console gaming by making
the living room the center of attention again. But this time it
has the PC to contend with. And this is where I'm annoyed-as you'll
see in my first editorial here at H2H.
PC has a distinguished hardcore niche and there's nothing that
will take their PC away from them. Nothing. PC ports of console
games usually are limited to what a console can do and as such
don't make as much of a computer as we would like. So when the
announcement came of some PC developers jumping ship to the X-Box,
i was a little miffed to say the least. Other developers have
followed the trend since then. If that wasn't enough, what seemed
highly likely to be a rumour turned out to be true, that MS would
be buying Bungie as their supply of X-Box talent. Now Halo, what
once was religiously waited upon is questioned to even be a PC
game after all the hoopla. This is not only a slap in the face
to PC gamers, but more so to Mac gamers, as Bungie started off
as a dedicated Mac developer.
with all this noise, certain publications are heralding the demise
of the PC game industry. We have to stop and think for a minute.
I think developers are taking this a little too far. This is only
a cycle in the industry of course. It's only natural for things
to get better as they age, and so, consoles have got to the point
where they are as good as PC's and even better as some may say
with the X-box. But wait, it's still only a cycle. By the time
the X-box is released, we will have gone by 2 generations of Nvidia
Geforce chips and the X-box will not look as impressive as it
does now, will it? The console will only get dated with time.
What's to say the X-box won't fail? What will happen to all the
developers who jumped ship from the PC to the X-box?
gamers spend a lot of time upgrading and playing on their computers
and some may argue that it's a pain in the backside, and that
they should just get a console. But, most hardcore PC gamers do
enjoy upgrading and tweaking their computers. It's a fact of life.
Those people would not get the same enjoyment from a console.
That is in fact why there are two types of gamers. The PC gamers,
including the Mac gamers or whatever may be on a desktop platform
and a living room attraction called the console. We should not
let our PC developers fall prey to the X-box.
point of my editorial this week is to point out that PC gamers
will stand for what they believe in. I won't stand here and let
our PC developers fall to the X-box and have possibly inferior
games ported to the PC as mouthwash. Viva la Resistance!
Next Week - Happy Gaming!