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Lionhead: Gaming Is Being Reborn on PC!

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Is gaming entering a new era on the PC, or is it changing on a whole no matter the platform?

While speaking with Switched during SXSW in Austin, Lionhead Studios head-honcho Peter Molyneux said that games are virtually “being reborn" on the PC. The statement follows his claustrophobic-laced comment about developing games for consoles, saying the process initially gave him a sense of being imprisoned in a box.

But he also added that console development was a nice experience in that the "box" offered nothing more and nothing less. There were no system variants or an infinite number of software/hardware conflicts. On consoles, it's all “set in stone.” However with new hardware heading to the consoles-- Natal and Move-- he said they feel a bit more PC-ish.

"The surprising thing about the PC that’s just starting to happen now, is that gaming is being reborn on the PC," he said. "You’ve got Facebook, everybody’s talking about Facebook games and there’s this company called Zynga and they make games with 88 million people [Farmville]. It feels like the whole thing with gaming is changing radically… and I don’t see why all those others like AAA blockbusters can’t incorporate that sort of level of interaction."

Naturally he goes on to talk about his upcoming game, Fable III. The self-promotion started with the overall picture of gaming within the next two or three years-- how the gaming industry will change the overall "gaming" definition, or at least, redefine the term as we know it now.

"The problem is that the word 'game' just sounds so trivial compared to what we are trying to do," he said. "We are just now at the point to where were are smart enough to create a character that can meet you. Just imagine, a character on that screen who can meet you, engage with you, and see you, and has empathy with you."

For more, check out the video interview here at Switched.

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    isamuelson , March 22, 2010 11:21 PM
    That's great and all, but you haven't even released Fable II on the PC yet. Does this mean we should be seeing Fable III on the PC at the same time as the console or maybe, even BEFORE the consoles?
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    pluripotent , March 23, 2010 12:09 AM
    Seriously, if you have a decent PC, you already own a more powerful machine than any console. The only way they can sell those things to PC owners is to make games that PC owners think are great, and then not release them for PC to force you to buy their console. But what is a console if not a rudimentary pre-fab PC that is extremely limited in functionality? PC game makers may complain about "infinite hardware compatibility issues," but if they program their games to take advantage of that very often superior hardware, there is no way consoles can catch up. Consoles are for people who can't afford a decent PC, or for kids who don't know enough to operate one.
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    micr0be , March 23, 2010 12:18 AM
    pluripotentSeriously, if you have a decent PC, you already own a more powerful machine than any console. The only way they can sell those things to PC owners is to make games that PC owners think are great, and then not release them for PC to force you to buy their console. But what is a console if not a rudimentary pre-fab PC that is extremely limited in functionality? PC game makers may complain about "infinite hardware compatibility issues," but if they program their games to take advantage of that very often superior hardware, there is no way consoles can catch up. Consoles are for people who can't afford a decent PC, or for kids who don't know enough to operate one.


    i couldn't have said it any better .... +1
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    isamuelson , March 22, 2010 11:21 PM
    That's great and all, but you haven't even released Fable II on the PC yet. Does this mean we should be seeing Fable III on the PC at the same time as the console or maybe, even BEFORE the consoles?
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    CoderDunn , March 22, 2010 11:28 PM
    Quote:
    ... everybody’s talking about Facebook games [...] I don’t see why all those others like AAA blockbusters can’t incorporate that sort of level of interaction.


    Fable IV as a Facebook app? O.o
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    dwave , March 22, 2010 11:30 PM
    Gaming reborn, but no Fable 2 on PC, but he sure felt the need to say we have Farmville!
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    tipmen , March 22, 2010 11:31 PM
    isamuelsonThat's great and all, but you haven't even released Fable II on the PC yet. Does this mean we should be seeing Fable III on the PC at the same time as the console or maybe, even BEFORE the consoles?



    You have no idea how much that would make my day. So far all i have to look forward to is Crysis 2... Kinda sad
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    nicklasd87 , March 22, 2010 11:39 PM
    crysis 2 will be epic though...so long as the multiplayer experience is as good if not better than current top notch games
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    Parsian , March 22, 2010 11:40 PM
    lol PR at its worst they need to learn how to come up with better propaganda
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    Zoonie , March 22, 2010 11:50 PM
    Peter "Hype Pooping Machine" Molyneux.. This guy could talk about such trivial things like drinking water and make people go all crazy about it. I'm never believing anything he has to say again. Please, just listen to him talk about Fable 3 and it's freakin' wardrobe..

    Peter "Hype Pooping Machine" Molyneux, you should be working at Apple!
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    schmich , March 22, 2010 11:57 PM
    Flash games ugh...how can one put that in the same category as "real games". We have Crysis 2 to look forwards to, Battlefield 3 (hopefully a properly made Battlefield as oppose to BC2), Starcraft II, Portal 2 and hopefully Valve has other games at the end of the pipeline.

    What I have to say about PC gaming is really choose carefully who you support when buying. Rather buy a Valve game than some tightly sealed experience game with plenty of DRM.
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    AsAnAtheist , March 22, 2010 11:57 PM
    Hahaha nice one Zoonie.

    Yeah I dont really like him either. Such a hype machine. oh by the way, Fable II sucked. It honestly felt like an arcade game when I was playing it.
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    eklipz330 , March 23, 2010 12:08 AM
    do you guys realize what just happened?

    peter molyneux says that pc gaming is being reborn... and everything this guy says is like complete bs...

    ...does this mean that pc gaming is really dying? D=
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    pluripotent , March 23, 2010 12:09 AM
    Seriously, if you have a decent PC, you already own a more powerful machine than any console. The only way they can sell those things to PC owners is to make games that PC owners think are great, and then not release them for PC to force you to buy their console. But what is a console if not a rudimentary pre-fab PC that is extremely limited in functionality? PC game makers may complain about "infinite hardware compatibility issues," but if they program their games to take advantage of that very often superior hardware, there is no way consoles can catch up. Consoles are for people who can't afford a decent PC, or for kids who don't know enough to operate one.
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    cscott_it , March 23, 2010 12:13 AM
    Listen buddy, if I released a game with fewer than 10 spells and tried to pass it off as some kind of Action RPG, I would be hung from the gallows.

    You're just lucky you got away with it.
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    micr0be , March 23, 2010 12:18 AM
    pluripotentSeriously, if you have a decent PC, you already own a more powerful machine than any console. The only way they can sell those things to PC owners is to make games that PC owners think are great, and then not release them for PC to force you to buy their console. But what is a console if not a rudimentary pre-fab PC that is extremely limited in functionality? PC game makers may complain about "infinite hardware compatibility issues," but if they program their games to take advantage of that very often superior hardware, there is no way consoles can catch up. Consoles are for people who can't afford a decent PC, or for kids who don't know enough to operate one.


    i couldn't have said it any better .... +1
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    babybeluga , March 23, 2010 1:12 AM
    Hmmm..."Lionhead" and that picture for the article don't translate very well. That guy is anything but a lionhead.
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    toastninja17 , March 23, 2010 2:31 AM
    IMO blockbuster having PC games=might as well copy them.
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    welshmousepk , March 23, 2010 2:50 AM
    molyneux is like emperor palpatine. i swear he just needs to say something, and everyone instantly believes it.

    i stopped caring about what he had to say around about the time fable II came out.
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    Maxor127 , March 23, 2010 3:01 AM
    I liked Fable and Fable II. As long as you don't believe is initial hype and accept them for what they are: Zelda-style RPG-lite games.
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    captaincharisma , March 23, 2010 3:48 AM
    i hope its not dying. i kinda like playing xbox 360 exclusives on reliable hardware. :) 
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    eddieroolz , March 23, 2010 4:00 AM
    Facebook games, really? Come on...
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    Aionism , March 23, 2010 4:46 AM
    I wish the title of the article was "Peter Molyneux says something" so I could have just skipped it.
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