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Gas Powered Games: PC Gaming Is Not Dead

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Gas Powered Games CEO Chris Taylor says the PC space is "where the opportunity is."

Gas Powered Games CEO Chris Taylor seems rather excited about the state of PC gaming. He even believes that the PC version of Dungeon Siege III will actually compete against the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions in regards to actual sales. Why? Because of Steam.

"Two, three years ago I would say the 360, PS3 version [would dominate], because PC was in disarray," he said in an interview. "Now with Steam--a year-and-a-half ago they announced 25 million paying customers as opposed to people who just created accounts. There will probably be 40 million the next time they provide an announcement--or 50 million. That creates an incredible intensity in the PC business that had been lost."

He also said that the PC space is where the "opportunity is," meaning the platform is in a rapid state of change. He pointed to Google's acquisition of Zynga, EA purchasing Playfish, and the fact that 70-percent of Activision's revenue comes from the PC--just several examples that "major" players are investing in the PC gaming industry.

"It's a matter of time before you're playing a game of the quality of a triple-A game that we know and love, like a Supreme Commander 2 or a StarCraft II, in a browser experience," Taylor said. "There's no reason that won't happen within five to eight years. That's one of the reasons PC gaming breaks out in that space. No installation. No grief. No reading the box and wondering if you have a 7000 or 8000 series video card and DirectX what? It just plays. It works. Wait till that happens full on."

Dungeon Siege III is expected to launch in 2011.

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    tommysch , September 7, 2010 6:00 PM
    No dumbing down of the platform please. We are elitists and we like it that way.
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    amk09 , September 7, 2010 5:55 PM
    although its a sweet idea that will probably end up taking over pc gaming, it's sad to know that we won't need to build high power pc's for gaming anymore :( 
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    MxM , September 7, 2010 6:23 PM
    So the future of PC games is ... Farmville?
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  • 26 Hide
    amk09 , September 7, 2010 5:55 PM
    although its a sweet idea that will probably end up taking over pc gaming, it's sad to know that we won't need to build high power pc's for gaming anymore :( 
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    Prey , September 7, 2010 5:55 PM
    Hopefully good news for PC gamers. I will say however that Supreme Commander 2 looked like it should be called Supreme Commander 360. I liked the the first Sup Com much more, RTS and PC gaming go hand in hand.
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    RipperjackAU , September 7, 2010 5:56 PM
    Gaming in a browser = Zero piracy... since everything is client/server based, there is nothing to pirate.

    Software as a service = Welcome to your gaming future.
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    nevertell , September 7, 2010 5:57 PM
    If only the source engine was stable on wine/linux :( 

    You shouldn't be mixing up windows and pc when talking about platforms, because now you can run 5 (or more, I guess) different os's virtually any pc.
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    wikiwikiwhat , September 7, 2010 5:58 PM
    Wow, They put Sup Com 2 and SC2 in the same sentence with the words Triple- A titles. I own both but Sup Com 2 has been virtually left alone. Since SC2.
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    tommysch , September 7, 2010 6:00 PM
    No dumbing down of the platform please. We are elitists and we like it that way.
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    Anomalyx , September 7, 2010 6:05 PM
    I think PC gaming took a slight plunge when consumers figured out they could still check their email without a high-end video card, and many PCs were not up-to-spec to play games. Nowadays, Dell, et. al., would probably not hesitate to tell you that you need a 5770 just to watch Netflix (same concept as the AT&T rep trying to tell me that there was no way my 3mb/s DSL could handle Netflix at all. Had to tell her to quit trying to sell me upgrades and keep my service as-is about 20 times). The end result is that many people's "email-checking machine" is already up to light-medium gaming spec. They probably wouldn't buy a gaming PC, but since they already have one that can handle it, why not game a little?
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    jhatfie , September 7, 2010 6:05 PM
    I am sure gaming in browsers will continue to evolve, but to date I have found no such game very enjoyable or worth my time. Even if they increase in graphics quality to that of Starcraft 2 in 5 years, high end gaming will still offer a significant increase in graphics quality in comparison. Also you have to deal with issues with lag a doubtful ability to scale to triple screen resolutions further eliminating it's appeal except for certain types of games.
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    partytime , September 7, 2010 6:07 PM
    Full games in a web browser? What the hell for? I don't think this will happen like he thinks it will. MAYBE computers will get powerful enough one day that we will not need to worry about our hardware and any computer will be able to play any game.. but event that is far fetched as long as game developers (god bless them) are pushing the limits of hardware. (can it play Mafia II?)
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    Trueno07 , September 7, 2010 6:07 PM
    amk09although its a sweet idea that will probably end up taking over pc gaming, it's sad to know that we won't need to build high power pc's for gaming anymore


    There will always be a reason to build a high end PC.
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    tommysch , September 7, 2010 6:10 PM
    RipperjackAUGaming in a browser = Zero piracy... since everything is client/server based, there is nothing to pirate.Software as a service = Welcome to your gaming future.


    SaaS = ripoff
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    CoryInJapan , September 7, 2010 6:17 PM
    But ....but...but I love that about PC gaming....knowing I got a 7000 this or an 8000 this....4.0ghz this and that....8 gigs of that and this.

    knowing I have a beast to run any game you throw at it...That one major factor I love about PC gaming...I really hope the whole browser garbage dont catch on that quick. or rather gain to much popularity.
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    zak_mckraken , September 7, 2010 6:19 PM
    HA! They added Supreme Commander 2 simply because it's one of their creations, but that's pretty ballsy to compare it to SC2!
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    Stifle , September 7, 2010 6:21 PM
    And as long as developers are interested in pushing the limits of what is possible, the PC will be fine.

    The fact that people jailbreak their PS3s is a testament to the fact that the gaming PC will be around for a long time to come.
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    MxM , September 7, 2010 6:23 PM
    So the future of PC games is ... Farmville?
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    easymark26 , September 7, 2010 6:50 PM
    I say more browser based games please!
    the one I play right now is Tiger Woods Online, its free to play (with a membership option to play on all courses.) and it looks really good and has zero gameplay issues, one promo ad at the turn and one after the 18th... not bad at all.
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    orionantares , September 7, 2010 6:52 PM
    nevertellIf only the source engine was stable on wine/linux You shouldn't be mixing up windows and pc when talking about platforms, because now you can run 5 (or more, I guess) different os's virtually any pc.


    If he really believes that PC games are going to move into the browser space then he's not mixing them up. If those games did move into the browser space it would remove the Windows dependency since all of those games would need to be based on a browser standard that crosses OS platforms.

    I think he's dreaming if he thinks that will be possible even in the next 10 years given how terrible the telecomm companies have been about improving the broadband backbone.
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    NotYetRated , September 7, 2010 6:56 PM
    Browser based AAA titles? Please. I refuse to give up my hobby for gaming rigs! And I see no way for games to move into browser space on a depth and scale like current install games. Especially with how awful our broadband is in the states..
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