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 Mar 11, 2008 - 09:46 AM - by Michael
* Sweeney slams PC gaming

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Over at TG Daily, an article in which Unreal franchise creator Tim Sweeney slams PC gaming and hardware companies:

Retail stores like Best Buy are selling PC games and PCs with integrated graphics at the same time and they are not talking about the difference [to more capable gaming PCs]. Those machines are good for e-mail, web browsing, watching video. But as far as games go, those machines are just not adequate. It is no surprise that retail PC sales suffer from that.
I've got to agree with a lot of his assessment; my rig's aging, but still serviceable as long as I tweak it and test the game settings - but when I sit down at a console, I don't have to do any tweaking before I get to enjoy actually playing the game.

Oh, and I agree on his assessment of Intel's crap onboard "video" chipsets, too.
PC gaming is in a weird position right now. Now, 60% of PCs on the market don't have a workable graphics processor at all. All the Intel integrated graphics are still incapable of running any modern games. So you really have to buy a PC knowing that you're going to play games in order to avoid being stuck with integrated graphics. This is unfortunate, and this is one of main reasons behind the decline of the PC as a gaming platform. That really has endangered high-end PC game sales. In the past, if you bought a game, it would at least work. It might not have been a great experience, but it would always work.

 

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