Multi plats aren't optimized for the PC either. That's exactly why they're the best thing to use in comparisons. And multi platform games have never been the best looking or technically most impressive PC titles either. It works both ways. But unfortunately you can't compare two completely different games and say that one of them has objectively better graphics. It just doesn't work like that.
True but a PC can brute force it to look great. Anyway kind of a sidebar to the interesting dicussion..
First of all, that billion dollars of hardware sales is complete crap. During the first week of sales BF3 shipped 5 million copies across all platforms. Knowing the marketing it had behind it I would guess that we're lucky if PC got more than one third of those copies + all the digital sales.
Now in order to even reach exactly one billion dollars of PC hardware a million users would have had to buy 1000$ worth of hardware. When you begin to realize that most users don't have computers that cost that and that over half the PC users would have had to upgrade their stuff for over 1000$ much you'll also begin to realize that the figure is complete garbage.
No doubt it's an 'enthusastic' estimate but I've heard it from a couple different sources. At any rate BF3 is well over ten million at this point and if any game pushed hardware sales this was it.
Also speak for yourself when you say that AAA sales are what drive us to upgrade and stuff.
Most of the PC market even would disagree with you. PC exclusives like MMOs, RTSs, MOBA games are what are the most popular stuff on PC with BF3 representing the only really popular AAA shooter. The huge streaming scene etc. couldn't care less for console AAA stuff.
I don't care about BF3, crysis 3/2 or any of that. I'd much rather upgrade for much better looking games such as project CARS that at the moment makes my PC scream for mercy and is being developed for PC first.
MMO's and RTS's are without a doubt AAA games. As far as Project Cars go it is no doubt extremely beautiful but there really is only one Project Cars and I can't think of any other game like it unless we go back pre-2007 when it was still viable to produce exclusive big budget PC games. Maybe crowdsourcing is the answer to this issue but I doubt it.
I've also never played CARS so I can't really comment on it. It's maybe the best looking game out there but I doubt it's fully featured. You would know better then I though.
And this is why I don't care and neither should anyone who thinks that PC games aren't what they used to be and wants better stuff. It's out there but looking at the AAA market is just going to get you disappointed and milked.
I don't care about new IP being difficult to introduce, that's not my problem. I'm a consumer that buys products.
No doubt there is a lot of COD syndrome going on in the gaming industry today but there still is a ton of new stuff coming out. Dishonored, 1313, Watch Dogs, The last of us, Beyond, P-100 etc etc. The landscape might not be as full as it should be but there are plenty of new and exciting games coming out in the next year.
As far as the difficulty of a new product not being your problem I fully agree. I'm just explaining to you the reason.
I bought Mirror's edge and I loved it. It's not my fault that it didn't get the marketing and sales. I will buy the occasional innovative and good looking game that comes out because I wish to support stuff like that.
I will also continue to be critical against DICE because they sold out to EA and because of that are in for a slow death as a FPS studio that will churn out games with more and more marketing and more and more money grubbing ploys until even the most casual gamer isn't fooled by the marketing and doesn't buy it. At that point I can stop the critique because EA will pull the plug on the studio or the lead guys will leave.
Just take a look at bioware, pandemic etc. These guys actually made good games until their products because too popular for the publishers to ignore the endless milking possibilities.
EA actually spent a lot of money on Mirror's Edge. Both it and Dead Space came out around the same time and both were heavily pushed. At the time the directive at EA was to come up with new stuff. As far as DICE goes I'd hate to see that happen to them. Even BF3 which has it's problems is a great game in my opinion. It's also really easy to blame EA for stuff but the fact of the matter is that no one would care about DICE in the first place if EA hadn't come in and gave them enough money for 1942. Ever hear of Codename Eagle? No one has but it was what DICE did before EA came into the fold.
People say that EA ruined Maxis right? The only problem with that complaint is that had EA not stepped in and bought them Maxis wouldn't be around today due to financial problems. They are far from a perfect publisher but they're even further from being 'the worst company in America'.
Pandemic I don't think was ever a great developer. The blame for Bioware's past couple games rests on Bioware's shoulders. Most of the problems (with the exception of Dragon Age 2) did not stem from time constraints and did not stem from milking. They came from bad decisions on both the gameplay and story front both of which EA has no real control over. Mass Effect was planned and written as a trilogy and it made sense. DA2 was probabally rushed though no doubt about it.
TOR as far as I'm concerned is on it's way to being a major failure and once again I think most of the blame is on Bioware. Simply put Bioware is not the studio it used to be. Sometimes you just lose the magic. And even with that said there are still a lot of people that really enjoy their work. In fact even though I thought DA2 was an awful sequel I'll likely be there day 1 for DA3.
Unfortunately voting with your wallet very rarely works because the people who even think about stuff like that are a definite minority. If an AAA game doesn't get marketed well it won't sell well and my money wont make a difference.
As for dishonored, I'm still undecided, will have to check out more gameplay and maybe even the early review or two before buying.
There's no doubt that some good games get sent out to die by their pubs and it's a shame when that happens(Sony is a pro at sending stuff out to die). It really blows my mind the way the Resistance franchise was handled. I'm not saying it was ever a 10 type game but when the first came out they really had a good thing going. Number 2 rolls around and it's like they are actively trying to make sure no one knows about it. I really don't know what's going on over there. It's maybe the best first party development group ever assembled
and even their biggest hits pale in comparison to Microsofts. That's another discussion though.