I’ve been a staunch supporter of all things PC for my entire life. People can ask me what kind of ‘gamer’ I am and I’ll respond “PC”. However, the direction that PC game releases are headed lately has me beginning to seriously question this platform’s current and future sustainability.
Recent examples of PC game launch failures (note: the games might not be bad but their PC launch/identity is/was horrific):
- Dead Island – Multiplayer was up for a day but went down and has remained down for nearly two days without so much as an ETA.
- Brink – Full of issues, lacked polish, lacked functionality
- Call of Duty Black Ops – Performance issues were and remain horrendous compared to other platforms. Latency and server performance also in question. Obvious console port.
- Modern Warfare 2 – Obvious console port lacking PC functionality.
That list excludes MMO’s and is by no means complete. Go a little further back and there are even more examples. I’m starting to feel embarrassed on behalf of the PC games market/field. Is it a hardware issue? Are there reasons why the games are not functioning as intended — a skill gap in programmers or a lack of testing? What is the cause of this unacceptable trend? I feel entitled to answers since I’m both a supporter and a customer.
If the PC games market is destined to become the gutter of console ports or corner cutting then I want off this sinking ship right away. I don’t want my PC to become a box that plays MMO’s and Blizzard titles, but I fear it’s quickly coming to that. . I’m holding out for Skyrim to *possibly* be great on the PC but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t seriously considering buying it for the 360. Maybe BF3 will rejuvenate my outlook on the situation.
The PC is a powerful platform. The functionality trumps the consoles. PC gaming was once a proud and truly remarkable platform with game releases that were unique/exclusive, innovative, and deserving of customer loyalty. We need to see more big name releases with true backing, polish, exclusivity, and something deserving of our support.
Bottom line — developers — stop releasing crap for PC. It’s just not fair.