Staff Roundtable: The Future of Simulations Part 1 – PC’s versus Consoles Page 3

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Stormtrooper: If you go to places like GameStop or even EB here lately all that you see along the wall are console games. Off in the back shadows of 3 or 4 shelves there will be some PC games. Slim pickings. I hate to admit it because I love PC games and will never switch to console unless I really really have to ,but yeah, I think console is the way to go here pretty soon.

Weasel_Keeper: I know, it’s sad. I saw a post in the Community Hall the other day, the poster said he was switching to a console because of the upkeep he has to do on his PC just to stay with the sims he wants. PC’s are an expensive hobby, and it seems consoles are good for a few years and they’re much cheaper.

"Console games normally run great from the git go."I haven’t been able to upgrade my rig due to real life expenses. Dang thing cost me $2,100.00 back then and only 5 years later I can barely run any recent sims. Meanwhile PS2 and Xbox that came out a couple years back still run quality games.

How many great sims come out for the PC that are nearly flawless and run great from the start? I dare say EVERY sim for the PC needs a patch within a few months after release. Console games normally run great from the git go.

Also, it has to be much easier to build a game for console. There are no variables like different OS’s, video/sound cards, etc. I’m thinking consoles are a big part of the future, but I’m going to stick to my old tired PC for now.

Fran Mulhern: I paid £300 for my X800 a few months ago. And that’s the last major upgrade for my PC. In future, we’re almost certainly going to go with consoles. They’re cheaper, less trouble to run, and it looks like we’re getting close to the stage where there’s little gaming you can do with a PC that you can’t do with a console. Okay, flight sims and so on, but for how long?

I suppose things change, and the move from PCs to consoles is just a natural progression. It wasn’t that long ago that people said you couldn’t do a decent flight sim on the PC, now look at us. How long until the same happens on a console? I think it’s only a matter of time.

Console for mainstream gaming, PC for niche gaming or old gaming and browsing the net.

Tom Cofield: Should we start covering consoles?

Yes and no. I am amazed that I am saying this because a couple of years ago I wouldn’t have even considered discussing this but consoles are changing.

"There is an old saying, you either adapt or you die."There is an old saying, you either adapt or you die. Rogue Spear 3 that I saw on the Xbox 360 at E3 was pretty darned impressive. Granted it was a demo movie but it was pretty impressive. The graphics represented in it are approaching the level of acceptability in my opinion and if the game has almost the same level of features as a PC title then we had better start considering covering them.

There are a couple of caveats here. First off, it has to be a good simulation. I couldn’t sling a dead cat without running into another damned WW2 shooter. Just like Starcraft a few years ago now everyone is trying to make the next Medal of Honor or Call of Duty. I suspect most of these will be bargain bin titles in a few months. I didn’t cover most of them, mostly because they didn’t appear to have much substance.

If an Xbox 360 or PS3 title fulfills the requirements for us to review then we should review it. I suspect that the titles that will fall into our criteria will be relatively small but we shouldn’t poo-poo a game just because it doesn’t play on a PC.

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