Originally Posted by Ceadderman
Yeah game are made with functionality in mind but lets be honest. Just because they're made with multiple platforms in mind, they're still developed on PC and until that changes games are still Ported. As you are well aware, games have to work smoothly for developers. Otherwise they don't see the light of day at the end result. I don't know what happens to PC controls, but I would surmise some twit in developing somehow rationalized that PC gamers wouldn't be interested in playing some of these games so the PC controls are removed/misplaced resulting in backward Porting to get PCs' the ability to play these games.
Case in point. Grand Theft Auto IV. Developed 100% on PC. Rockstar didn't even think that they would offer it for PC for whatever reason. PC Gamers got in their ear about it and they Ported over to PC. Only now the controls suck and it's a known problem amongst EVERY gamer around the world. People will still play if but the original controls were lost and we know why.
I don't care if you the developer wants to make things accessible for everyone. That's fine, I welcome that. It keeps gaming moving forward. just don't do stupid shiz and throw out perfectly decent controls requiring a last minute crash build of new control features. THAT is what irks me the most.
Until games are developed 100% on Console for all platforms do not piss the Gaming community by ignoring the PC crowd.
Also just cause I'm on OCN doesn't mean my bros are on OCN or have limited hardware because they aren't on OCN. PC Gamers are a much larger group than OCN. I've got friends who have 570, 5970, 6950 cards that aren't even affiliated with a site. And they're just as disenfranchised as myself with the lack of content for their systems. Most of us are Students and would rather put out money into the ability to do everything on one platform. This includes research for assignments. Something you CANNOT do on Console.
A few of us only have Consoles cause we can't get some of the titles for PC. Metal Gear, Gears of War etc. I won't complain about that because that's how Sony, MicroSoft and Nintendo pull in a Quarter of their Console sales. You have to love the Console Fanbois who won't play on any other platform but their precious singular franchise "_(pick one)
_" console. I don't speak for all of us but given the chance to own a PC title or a Console title I'd rather have PC.
Almost every game made is developed ON a PC. That doesn't mean it will even run on a PC though, the two are unrelated. When you're developing for consoles you're simply programming from the PC, and when you run the program is sends it to the dev-kit and runs on the console itself. For things like handhelds (iPhone) they will often have emulators that will run on the PC so you aren't constantly have to sync the program to the handheld just to see it work.
As for multi-platform games with terrible control schemes on the PC, there is no excuse for that, it's just a sign of developers being lazy in that case.
I'm also not saying PC enthusiasts are the only group with nice hardware, but I'm willing to bet 90% of gamers that buy nice computers buy them pre-built and simply buy games they like and play them. It's a small and rare crowd that does stuff like get on a forum and complain about the lack of DX11 support in Crysis 2.
Also, there are important reasons to own a PC that are unrelated to gaming, but a lot of gamers prefer to buy a system that costs $500 or less and will not need to be upgraded for 5+ years. Also, with consoles you rarely have to deal with issues from the OS, viruses/malware, driver issues, etc. Casual gamers like the ease of owning a console, where enthusiasts are willing to deal with those issues to have top-of-the-line hardware.Edited by lordikon - 6/8/11 at 7:23pm