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PC gaming was everywhere at E3 2012

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Interesting read

source:http://techreport.com/discussions.x/23065



"PC gaming was everywhere at E3 2012
by Cyril Kowaliski — 6:00 AM on June 8, 2012

While we were busy covering Computex over in Taiwan earlier this week, a whole other trade show was going on in Los Angeles: E3 2012. There, most of the big gaming studios and publishers gathered to show their new and upcoming titles—and naturally, console games got royal treatment.

According to Rock, Paper, Shotgun, though, PC gaming had a huge presence at the show, even though you might not necessarily know it. For example:

Did you know that nearly every multiplatform game demoed at E3 – especially during press conferences – is running on PC? I’ve asked, and so far, I’ve yet to get a “no.” Watch Dogs, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Far Cry 3, Metro: Last Light, Medal of Honor, Battlefield, Crysis 3, etc, etc. Here’s the weird thing, though: no one talks about it. Presenters mainly brandish Xbox pads as their weapons of choice, and viewers – unless gifted with Thundercats-esque sight beyond sight – are none the wiser.
Demoing future console games on the PC is a bit like showing pre-rendered trailers, RPS points out. It sugarcoats the experience and shows something console gamers will never really see again. Of course, unlike pre-rendered trailers, someone will enjoy the advertised experience—and that will be us PC gamers.

RPS also saw PC gaming prominently reflected in, well, the actual games at the show. Most of them, like Far Cry 3, Hitman: Absolution, and Max Payne 3, were sequels to games that premiered on the PC. In a sense, the PC seems to be an incubator for tomorrow's console and cross-platform blockbusters.

It's easy to feel a bit neglected as a PC gamers when shows like E3 2012 are going on, but kudos to Rock, Paper, Shotgun for reminding us of the reality: as a gaming platform, the PC matters more than you might think."
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That makes sense. Developers should want their games to look their best, all the while creating some illusion that the games are running on a console since that's where the bulk of the sales are.
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I don't get the impression that just because the game is on a pc with a 360 pad that means pc gamers should expect anything special. If I were a developer it makes sense to demo on a pc, especially for a game that's not finished yet. The only way to back up the assertion in the article is to look back on previous shows and inquire how many big games were demoed on consoles versus a computer. If anything this seems like a bit of a fluff piece by RPS, but then again they're kinda known to do that every once in awhile. The one thing I did take away from the show is that PC gamers will get the vast majority of the new console releases (non-Sony exclusives of course) but then again that's not really any different than we currently get. Until new consoles come out we'll just get hand-me-down ports.
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Originally Posted by pcweber111 View Post

I don't get the impression that just because the game is on a pc with a 360 pad that means pc gamers should expect anything special. If I were a developer it makes sense to demo on a pc, especially for a game that's not finished yet.
In the past, it's been unusual to demo a major AAA multiplatform release at E3 using the PC version. There are precedents, but never has it been as common as it was this E3.

But I think the article is misreading what this means. These PC version demos don't mean that PC gaming will be getting any special treatment. It just means that publishers and developers are already planning for next gen consoles. But because Sony and MS have yet to announce their next consoles, publishers have no choice but to demo PC versions as placeholders for next-gen console versions.
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