The Future of PC Gaming with Chris Taylor

Posted: December 7, 2010
The Future of PC Gaming with Chris Taylor
If you think PC gaming is dead, Gas Powered Games founder Chris Taylor thinks you're dead wrong. Here he shares his video blog for RTS Kings and Castles and explains how people overlooking the popularity of MMOs and online multiplayer just don't get it.

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  • bolo73

    If you search save and buy near highend parts you will build a system that should last about 4 to 5 years before you need to upgrade. I did and my son now uses my old PC to play current games. I did end up sinking 400 more dollars into my 1600 dollar build but the PC is 7 years old and still going strong.

    Posted: December 7, 2010 7:38 PM
  • bolo73

    PC gaming is for those that are willing to spend some cash to build or buy a good to great PC. Started using PCs back in 1984 and finally bought my own back in 1997. I have seen what Zzanzabar's is talking about. I just built a new PC after 7 years. I built that for 1600 bucks with 400 dollar upgrades over the years. I built my lastest for the same price and it smokes my old PC for 1600. Same price much more powerful system.

    Posted: December 7, 2010 7:30 PM
  • FirestoneX

    I am a pc gamer... I don't play consoles...

    Just my opinion, but I don't like to download games.. I want a box, manual, and artwork that comes with the game..

    My luck, I would format my pc and lose it all..... I want an actual game to keep and add to my ever growing collection......

    Game collections are a symbol of who you are... I can't show them off if I download my games.

    Posted: November 29, 2010 1:22 AM
  • vlweb3d



    The idiots that run around saying that PC GAMING IS DEAD still don't realize that in order to make a game in the first place, YOU NEED A PC.

    PC gaming is not going anywhere, its evolving, its changing - BUT IT WILL NEVER EVER DIE!!!

    Posted: September 28, 2010 5:54 AM
  • lowkevmic

    I think Zzanzabar's comment summed up PC's never ending issue with the mainstream public. Consumers can't keep up with the need of having to always go out and upgrade something in their computer in order to even play a game. First off if you want to buy a up to date state of the art pc with all the bells and whistles, you're looking at a grand or more to even own one. Then there is the fast pace industry of PC's where there is some new and improved something out every other month. In a year's time a dedicated PC gamer is spending anywhere from 1000.00 to 3000.00 dollars just to remain current and up to date.

    Which is why so many gamers flock to consoles. One universal device, all games played on that console have the same specs in order to play it. So the consumer don't have to rush out and find that new video or graphics card to make their PS3 or Xbox360 compatitable for the new game they just bought. Never the worry of having to pick and choose what programs to keep or delete in order to free up what little space you have to even play the game, because you don't have the cash to buy a new Hard Drive. Another issues in a lot of households is that the computer is still a family used system. So it's not like kids have the freedom to even do what they want with the same computer mom and dad uses for work and everything else.

    Overall, no PC gaming isn't dead in the slightest. But the reality of it is, as long as the PC industry continue to make systems that can't even sustain a full year without numerous upgrades in order to play the new games being made. Then it will always be a distant second to console gaming.

    Posted: September 27, 2010 3:28 PM
  • liarsthieves

    Thinking back way back i played the first duke nukkem doom and half life it just keeps getting better. my hope is when iam in the nurseing home they plug me in let me play till old man death comes to visit. old man gaming and kicking young gamers ass.

    Posted: September 27, 2010 10:21 AM
  • smbndt

    PC gaming is coming back?!?!

    Teh! it was never gone to begin with! =D

    Posted: September 27, 2010 4:10 AM
  • sesslersbiggestfan

    In this economy people cannot afford an expensive PC. PC's stick out only based on their MMO's. Why can't these developers just make a solid single player game like uncharted 2? PC developers are so obsessed with making the biggest and best MMO's that they forget what western gamers want. PC's may have futuristic characteristics, but no they are not the future.

    Posted: September 26, 2010 5:45 PM
  • Luck702

    I absolutely love steam, and lately its been my only source of pc gaming. And they stated it best when they said pc gaming is not dead, only the retail medium of distribution. digitals the way to go, its cheap for the distributers, and it gives instant gratification to the consumer

    Posted: September 26, 2010 2:45 PM
  • HitmanHybrid

    I mean come on, games are made on PC's,

    how can they ever die? -.-

    Posted: September 25, 2010 6:39 PM
  • makessense

    Steam has over 25 million users alone and growing. That alone is enough to say that PC gaming isn't dead, but with WoW, Battle.net, Social gaming on face book, and free to play micro transaction games PC gaming may just be stronger than it ever was. The shear number of people and availability of games is staggering. And with the rise of digital distribution games can be sold at 5 bucks a pop and still make a profit. This makes the PC platform extremely accessible for indie developers and more affordable for the casual gamer. Also with most non MMORPG games, the multiplayer is free to play, unlike XBOX Live that recently made its subscription fee more expensive. The PC is looking great to me.

    Posted: September 25, 2010 6:07 PM
  • Zomboro

    thank you chris for giving me hope for pc gaming!!! its too bad that alot of pc gamers went to console gaming because they couldnt keep up with the real pros out here... :P

    Posted: September 25, 2010 2:58 PM
  • Thogin

    damn right.... I work because I game and the PC is the LICH KING baby...

    You think is dead no IS THE UNDEAD

    Posted: September 24, 2010 11:10 PM
  • Zzanzabar

    Chris I love you enthusiasm and both your commitment and approach, but there is ONE major problem with the 'comeback' of PC gaming...the extremely rapid growth in the PC's development. I was an AVID PC gamer even AFTER the release of the X-box and PS consoles, then the bottom fell out...of my WALLET. Every fricking 6 mo a new and much better PC was being released: 1 gig, 2gig, 8 gig, 100 gig! Single core, dual core, overclocked quadcore. I remember me and my friends saying 'what the hell could you DO with all that memory and speed?", Well programmers found a use.

    I quickly realized the programs such as yourself ALWAYS wanted to use the latest PC equipment, and I don't blame you. What artist would limit themselves to chalk when there are oils and acrylics? You all get this stuff either for free or get a tax write off for it, while we have to plop down up to $250 a pop for a new video card and HOPE that our now 'old' computer has the right type of slot to use it! Yeah, yeah you TRY and hit the middle ground in systems but eventually you MUST move on to the more powerful PC's or lose out to your competitors. Guess what? I CANNOT (and will not) get on that Merry-Go-Round again, it is just too damn expensive to invest in a new system that is obsolete in a year and a half.

    I would LOVE to come back to PC's where my gaming started but until someone includes an UPGRADE with their download, I will continue to stick with my 3 counsels because at LEAST I know that MOST of the games designed for them will work (Halo Reach I'm looking at YOU). Believe me Chris I AM NOT ALONE!

    Posted: September 24, 2010 1:48 PM
  • Spybreak

    I grabbed the 360 before Gears 1 came out mainly to be my gaming machine. When I calculated how much I had to spend on upgrading my system it was about the same to pick up the Xbox 360 with a free game and controller (this was around college as well). I still play RTS games/casual/social/MMO games on my laptop but mainly play games on my Xbox. Now I understand the shift of retail to digital distribution but up until a few months ago I was in an area that had very limited internet so downloading a game at 5 or 6 GiGs average is hard to do. I'm just thinking about the people that would have difficulty downloading a full retail game where they live. Internet across the US needs to improve and ISP/Phone Companies need to stop overcharging people and build up the infrastructure of their network.

    Posted: September 24, 2010 1:33 PM
  • orange_shirt_guy

    Hurray PC gaming!!! I haven't owned a console since the N-64 so this just made my day! I have probably bought more games via Steam in the past year and a half then I have in all the time before steam came out.

    Posted: September 24, 2010 4:04 AM