Originally Posted by VulcanDragon;13680926
Look through any PC gaming forum and you will inevitably find a fair number of people complaining about how PC games are being "dumbed down" for the console crowd. What you should take away from that observation are two things:
1. Those people are the hot rodders, that have very nice PCs and want (obviously) games that can take advantage of their expensive investment. The trouble is that game developers cannot focus on a niche crowd, they have to expend their expensive resources satisfying the largest audience. Which leads to #2...
As Vhati said, I am mostly talking about game difficulty. I am not one for graphics despite my rig. You will find me often playing games like System Shock 2, Baldur's Gate and the like. (Which pisses off my friends as they consider it a waste of a rig
Nowadays, even the giants of RPG are trying to "mainstream" their games into what could only be described as CoD clones, simply to appeal to the average joe.
2. Because developers aren't generally coding for the bleeding edge capabilites of $600 cards, PC games are already capable of being played on the newest laptops with decent settings. Note that I did not say "highest" settings, which is where all of us want to live...I said "decent" settings. The gaming capabilities of a Sandy Bridge laptop are impressive when you compare to what a laptop could do 10, or even 5, years ago. Extrapolate another 10 years from now. The raw power in a 2021-era "laptop" (or whatever form factor is dominant in 10 years) will provide exceptional gaming capabilities. Sure, we die-hards may complain that it's not in 8000x4500 resolution, or doesn't use super tessefractialationary hypergons, or volumasstric smoke simulation, or whatever the largely pointless graphics issue rules the day that year. But 99.9% of the world will not care...they will happily be playing games that look pretty frickin sweet on their commodity latop/tablet/whatever.
I agree with that. A friend of mine only uses laptops. In the past he would not had been able to play a lot of games on them. However his newest laptop which cost around the same price of my rig is easily able to play Crysis, Starcraft 2, etc... on medium settings.
But you never know how great future graphics will look like. The rift between PC graphics and laptop/consoles might drift back apart to what it once was, maybe even more, to a certain degree that even the mainstream joe would want the things that you speak of. It happened with the internet and gaming, it could happen with the graphics as well.
I do truly believe the PC era is in its twilight. It has a while to go yet, and it's not like something good is just going to be taken away from us overnight. It will be gradually replaced by other form factors, and after a while people will forget that we even used to be bound to a "desktop PC". It's not crazy. Think telephone booths. These things were just always there...it was simply impossible that they would not be there...until they weren't. (I'll bet there are a lot of you young'uns on these forums that have never actually even seen a telephone booth!)
I see it backwards. The cellphone was the elitist tool (PC), costing $4k each when it first started. The telephones booths(consoles) were the mainstream, cheap and everyone used them. However as time progressed, having a cellphone turned from a luxury to a necessity. This could very well be the case with the PC. (I'm not old enough to remember what high-end PCs cost back in the day, but I speculate they were much more expensive than today's high-end PCs?)
But then again, it could be as you say, that the telephone booths represent PCs, and tablets represent cellphones.
PS: I just want to say I regret starting that discussion with you as your debating skills and vocabulary far exceed mine Edited by __Pat__ - 5/30/11 at 1:35am