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The throngs of console-based developers yelling “PC is dead; woe to the PC Master Race. The PC is dead.” now have to bite their lip and hold their tongue because following up on last year's evidence that the PC gaming market is alive and well, new data further shows that it's actually kicking up more money than most people would know what to do with.

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1 billion of us thumb.gif Keep it clean in here folks. It would be appreciated if everyone could get along.
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I bet it was not to far off that number a few years back either. The whole PC is dead thing is just devs being to focused on trying to make a quick buck on consoles.
    
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I bet it was not to far off that number a few years back either. The whole PC is dead thing is just devs being to focused on trying to make a quick buck on consoles.

Exactly. Saying a console is better than a PC for gaming is like saying a microwave is better than a stove for cooking.
    
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I have a hard time believing those numbers. They would suggest 1 in 7 people on the planet own and use a gaming capable PC.
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Blues News picked up reports from GamaPolitics about the latest bit of data mining from the PC Gaming Alliance who detailed some nice information on the PC gaming front from the previous year.

A friend of a friends room mates cousins daughters boyfriend said....


There are several billion people on this planet that don't even live with simple basics such as indoor plumbing, electricity or even have access to clean drinking water.

Then again maybe my definition of a PC gamer is a little different than theirs.
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This is the report it was based off
http://pcgamingalliance.org/assets/uploads/press/Rel001_Horizon_2011_Report_01MAR2012_FINAL_gf1.pdf
A lot of the growth was in china which is an fast expanding market, and in free to play gaming models, it list growth from companies like Zynga and Nexon which they value at 7 billion each. It looks to me to be another mostly bias marketing group, reports like these you should take with a gran of salt. Its not saying any thing new any way we all know that the majority of people that play games are the ultra casual that get hooked on stupid facebook games hell it even talks about cellphone gaming helping drive the growth in pc gaming.
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Exactly. Saying a console is better than a PC for gaming is like saying a microwave is better than a stove for cooking.
The report says nothing at all about console gaming and as some one that has used both pc and consoles to game the are for different end users and real should not be compared. Consoles may lack the power of pc but for easy of use, plug and play, and pick up and play they real are no match. I know many people that pc gaming is just to complex for them to dealing with, drivers and problem solving is not something they could do on there own, and this is the same way with most mainstream users. In the end for most users consoles are a better choices if they wont to play high end games, but it is not about what is the better gaming system it about whats the better system for you. I personal enjoy a combination of both I love rts and rpgs and pc are so much better to play on for those game types, but I also love to race and play fps and I find the console to do real well in this game types manly that were all my friend at, but in the end its all up to the end user what is the better path to take. thumb.gif
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The report says nothing at all about console gaming and as some one that has used both pc and consoles to game the are for different end users and real should not be compared. Consoles may lack the power of pc but for easy of use, plug and play, and pick up and play they real are no match. I know many people that pc gaming is just to complex for them to dealing with, drivers and problem solving is not something they could do on there own, and this is the same way with most mainstream users. In the end for most users consoles are a better choices if they wont to play high end games, but it is not about what is the better gaming system it about whats the better system for you. I personal enjoy a combination of both I love rts and rpgs and pc are so much better to play on for those game types, but I also love to race and play fps and I find the console to do real well in this game types manly that were all my friend at, but in the end its all up to the end user what is the better path to take. thumb.gif

I didn't say consoles sucked - I said they weren't better than PC's. That's like you telling me I'm not smarter than you. That doesn't make me an idiot (LOL), and you'd probably be saying that only to deflate a perceived feeling of superiority. You'd be amazed how many people are running around saying PC gaming is inferior and how outdated it is.

I don't disagree with anything you said, which is why I made the stove to microwave comparison. If you walk into a kitchen you'll notice most people have both smile.gif
    
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Well with the release of tablet in to the market and smart phone more common, I can see where PC gaming market as been busy! My son is 6, he rather play games on PC instead of the Xbox. Me personally, I dont play console! thumb.gif
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I didn't say consoles sucked - I said they weren't better than PC's. That's like you telling me I'm not smarter than you. That doesn't make me an idiot (LOL), and you'd probably be saying that only to deflate a perceived feeling of superiority. You'd be amazed how many people are running around saying PC gaming is inferior and how outdated it is.

I don't disagree with anything you said, which is why I made the stove to microwave comparison. If you walk into a kitchen you'll notice most people have both smile.gif
I was not saying you were stupid. But I find that most people on this forum are highly anti console and are looking at it with a fare more black and white point of view its not about the hard core gamer its about the majority of the users. Hell for ever person on here with a 680 or 7970 there most be at least 1000 that have just irrigated graphics like I have on my pc right now I just do not like the hole elitist vibe that a lot of pc gamers put out its just as bad as the ps3 vs xbox people its all up to the user needs.
But to revert back I don't think your stupid and if it came out that way I am truly sorry it was not my intention at all.
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Do you think there are a billion people with gaming-capable PCs? Probably not 1/20th that number. This is all about playing Farmville on facebook and stuff like that, which is not "PC gaming" in any meaningful sense, those sorts of things can be played on a 10 year old entry level computer.
    
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I was not saying you were stupid. But I find that most people on this forum are highly anti console and are looking at it with a fare more black and white point of view its not about the hard core gamer its about the majority of the users. Hell for ever person on here with a 680 or 7970 there most be at least 1000 that have just irrigated graphics like I have on my pc right now I just do not like the hole elitist vibe that a lot of pc gamers put out its just as bad as the ps3 vs xbox people its all up to the user needs.
But to revert back I don't think your stupid and if it came out that way I am truly sorry it was not my intention at all.

Oh no you didn't call me stupid I was only joking and making an analogy at the same time. I agree, I've always felt gamers were an elitist bunch and quite short-sighted.

I don't like the fact that compaines make a lot of games only for consoles, but I'm realistic enough to know it's the best decision for them. It's much easier to develop a game for 2 concrete systems than it is to code around all the variables in a gaming PC. *shrugs* It is what is I guess.
    
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