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It's happened to everyone at one point or another. You're playing your favorite FPS and minding your own business when your character finally succumbs to that pesky stream of bullets that's been bouncing off his face for the past two minutes. “Aw man,” you say aloud while a big, ominous Game Over screen stares you down. “Well, at least I can jump right back in and...” But you can't. Suddenly, you're 30 minutes away from where you kicked the bucket – your previous progress rotting at the bottom of some virtual wastebasket. “Well, at least I can vary up my tactics and see the game from a different angle this time.” Nope. So many invisible walls that you may as well be a mime. “Well, at least I can--” Nuh-uh. Can't do that either. So you pause to take a breather, but they immediately start suffocating you. Games For Windows logos. Everywhere. And then you wake up drenched in a cold sweat, safe in your own bed and free of the nightmare's cruel clutches. “It was just a dream, “ you mumble before dozing off again.

Or was it? PC gaming is far from dying, but not for a lack of effort on consoles' parts. While consoles have doubtless aided in bringing videogames to the masses, they've also slowly but surely molded gaming in their own image. The end result? Well, stories like the one above, for starters. But that's only the tip of the iceberg. Jump past the break for consoles' most egregious crimes against our hobby.

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Delayed/Glitchy Ports

Let us begin our tour with Unfortunate Console Consequences 101: the bad port. It can take many forms, and even in this day and age of developers working tirelessly for platform equality, it's all-too-common. From Resident Evil 4 to Grand Theft Auto IV to a large number of games without fours in their titles, fun-killing, sometimes game-halting bugs have plagued many major PC releases. Frankly, it's inexcusable.

Let's not, however, forget the other side of the coin: the inexplicably delayed port. Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed series, for instance, has been doing it for years – with speculative whispers chalking it up to piracy avoidance. But here's the thing: it only encourages piracy. If you treat people like second-class citizens, don't be surprised when they start doing whatever's necessary to get ahead.
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PC needs better marketeers. Let alone, some of those elitists need to get off their high wooden horses.
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Other than apologizing for Crysis, it is bad IMO, great read. Thanks!
    
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There Is No Mod


In the great race to the finish that is meeting that big launch deadline, sometimes developers have to take a step back and realize that they'll scarely have time to pack in “everything” – let alone “and the kitchen sink.” And while mods are an integral part of PC gaming, they only make waves in Console Land every once in a blue moon. The end result? “Well, we might release official mod tools sometime in the future,” which is the industry equivalent of “You are currently on hold. Your business is important to us. Listen to this looping track of light jazz for the 15th time.”
This is the one that annoys me the most. I think we could make all of these games 100x better if we were just given mod tools.
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12 ways PC porting is hurting consoles.
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pc gamers are the most annoying group of people ever
All they ever do is cry about console gaming ruining pc gaming
I missed the part where consoles had a mind of their own
Greedy corporations is what's hurting pc gaming not consoles
Edited by AK-47 - 3/31/11 at 7:48pm
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Gonna have to agree, I get tired of seeing these articles. We all know the main reasons PC gaming is going down the drain.
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