Today, I had an epiphany: E3 is going to be a snooze-fest. Blizzard is making their big announcement tomorrow, most every PC game at the show will just be a high-res console port, and apparently Half-Life 2 Episode 3 won't even have a presence. Soon after, however, I stumbled over a piece that lightly patted me on the shoulder and assuaged all of my fears. Jump past the break for said piece and its bionic arm -- plus more!
E3 -- boring? Hah! Not a chance. This helpful little slice of truth is a nice reminder about all of the top-notch PC games in development. Hell, it even covers a few games I didn't know about, like next-gen Runescape -- Windows 95's killer app. I am still a tad wary, though. After all, for every mole hill of PC-exclusives, there's a mountain of cross-platform titles. Even so, as long as they're high-quality, I suppose it doesn't really matter.
No, not merely because of Steam. Valve's Gabe Newell cited World of Warcraft as PC's biggest benefactor. "Essentially, [Blizzard is] creating a new Iron Man every month, in terms of the gross revenue they're generating as a studio. Any movie studio would be shouting about that from the rooftops. But it was essentially invisible," he said of Blizzard's money-magnet. Additionally, he pointed to countries outside of the English language's oppressive bounds -- countries where PC gaming has claimed console gaming's throne. Also, he talked about Steam. Like, a lot.
This story is kind of fun, because it catches all of games journalism with its pants down. The tale begins with the official E3 page, where a few writers -- noses to the ground, scrounging around for a story -- discovered a listing for Half-Life 2 Episode 3. "It's at E3! Confirmed!" they exclaimed. Not quite. See, the "official" E3 page is owned by UGO, thereby disqualifying it front any sort of officiality contest.
20:1? I think our pal Yerli is exaggerating a smidge. Sure, piracy is an issue, but as one of our commenters pointed out, retail PC game sales are down because brick-and-mortar is console turf.
“'We view E3 as irrelevant nowadays,' 3D Realms chief Scott Miller said. 'In fact, I wasn’t even aware it was coming up.'
We suppose that would be an issue when you’re developing your game under a rock."
My sentiments exactly.
Phone your friends and taunt your enemies, because this thing's happening. Suddenly that piggy bank is looking mighty breakable.