An op-ed on why PC gaming isn't as dead as you think - you just might not recognize it any more:|
First, PC gamers? values are changing ? the audience is moving away from graphics-hungry teenagers and into a breed that?s more prepared to judge a game on its less superficial merits. In short, a game consisting of 320?240 pixels, each the size of a baby?s fist, no longer causes quite so many people to scoff dismissively at it. Secondly, digital distribution services ? notably Valve?s Steam and the great-in-the-States-but-crap-over-here Gametap ? are gradually adding classic games to their online stores ? legal, free from floppy disks, and dirt-cheap. A slight spot of whimsy and a few dollars is all it takes to enjoy yesterday?s finest.There's no doubt that the subscription services have helped a lot of gamers get older titles running on modern hardware. But it's still nice to occasionally say "yes, I have the original copy of that game..."
While it?s early days for this, things can only get better. On Steam alone, the last few months have seen the rediscovery of ancient treasures such as the earliest Wolfenstein, Unreal, Doom and GTA games. The past is indeed another country ? but, when it comes to old PC games, lately we?re talking more Isle of Man than North Korea.