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So are we seeing a resurgence of PC gaming, or are we just fooling ourselves? To find out, read our report on whether “real” gaming has returned. Then read our reviews of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Batman: Arkham City, two of the latest games to celebrate what PCs uniquely offer; and finally, take a gander at our list of the 10 best free PC games online. If we are fooling ourselves about a PC gaming comeback, we’re having a kick-ass time of it.

Big Fat GPUs and CPUs Still Matter
It’s not just on the low end that the cash registers are ringing, either. Kelt Reeves, owner of boutique PC maker Falcon Northwest, says he’s seen a spike in orders lately.

“We’ve had people specifically mention they’re buying new systems for games like Battlefield 3, Skyrim, and Knights of the Old Republic. And these games are really pushing the hardware and delivering new levels of gorgeous visuals if you have the power. And I don’t just mean DirectX 11 support, for which the flood of titles utilizing it has already arrived,” Reeves says. “I mean just good old-fashioned power-hungry games. Battlefield 3 will eat every bit of GPU power you can throw at it, and if you want to run it at Ultra settings on a 30-inch monitor, you not only need a high-end SLI setup for a good frame rate, you also need 3 gigs of texture memory per card or the game will overrun your frame buffer. Skyrim is demanding on the videocards, as well, but it’s the first game we’ve seen in a while that craves CPU power.”

Nvidia is also seeing big sales from its GPUs. The company’s latest earnings reports don’t attribute a nearly 5 percent revenue increase to smartphones and tablets—instead the revenue mostly comes from high-end discrete GPUs.

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pretty good read if you ask me, i would love it if this were to happen, still kinda skeptical.
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PC gaming was never dying. Competitive gaming on the other hand for FPS games is dying. SC2 on the other hand is soaring...
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“We’ve had people specifically mention they’re buying new systems for games like Battlefield 3, Skyrim, and Knights of the Old Republic.

lololol
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PC gaming was never dying. Competitive gaming on the other hand for FPS games is dying. SC2 on the other hand is soaring...

I agree with this. It seems like the next couple years are going to be the RTS genre and we would more then likely see it shift again.

However, we have seen a small shift in the quality of games. Except for a small percentage, It is definitely not as innovative as a lot of games were back in the day. But some still deliver.
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Every once in a while, someone writes an article about how PC gaming is dead/resurrected when in truth it's been steadily growing and not dying and then returning every fortnight.

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This may be due to the fact that XBOX, PS3, And definitely Wii are years behind in technology... old hardware... new games =/= quality.
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“We’ve had people specifically mention they’re buying new systems for games like Battlefield 3, Skyrim, and Knights of the Old Republic.
lololol

That's not really a "lol"-worthy quote. Many MMO'rs have lower-spec systems. It's quite feasible that they'd upgrade for SWTOR. It supports multi-core processors and they've added anti-aliasing. It's not the most demanding game, but it requires a midrange or better system.

*EDIT* My bad, misread the quote tongue.gif
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The aging hardware on current consoles is going to start driving gamers to seek out other options. Playing a console is cool for most, but we're getting to a point where the first consoles of this generation are probably going to start dying, and when that happens, people are going to get seriously pissed. These consoles, like all computer hardware, have a limited time before electronic degradation sets in, and I wouldn't be surprised if that lifetime is coming to an end.

PC's as we know them are still a dying breed though. There is so much money in the ultra mobile market right now that anyone that doesn't develop games for it would be a fool. The PC as a gaming platform for hardcore gamers is going to become a niche market in the near future.
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I see many console gamers switching over to PC gaming, especially among my group of friends. I have built computers for the vast majority of them, after leaving their consoles we rarely ever look back.

I for one am thrilled biggrin.gif
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The older the competing consoles are, the more of an advantage the PCs have. When next-gen consoles release this will mean a comeback for consoles for a couple of years and then PCs will begin making a comeback again after that, and then the cycle repeats.
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