Remember when everyone said PC gaming was dying? Remember when they were completely and utterly wrong – forever? Of course you do. And so does history, as it tends to favor victors. As for who's going to be forgotten, well, turnabout's kind of a bitc-- we mean fair play. And so, somewhat fittingly, Age of Empires Online developer and Gas Powered Games head Chris Taylor believes it's now consoles that are circling the drain.
“The piracy problem is gonna be all but solved as we emerge here [in the social, casual, and online space],” he told PC Gamer, “and I think the new question – which I love – is 'What’s the future of console gaming?' And I used to joke about that last year, when people were interviewing me. Off the record, I was going 'You know, they should really be asking about the future of console gaming.'”
“Now people are. This question is starting to come up. And I was like 'Ah, I don’t know – but that’s your problem. Don’t look at me.' I don’t have to answer that question, because I know what the answer for PC gaming is now, and I have a PC gaming company, right? I make PC games. And I’m about as happy about where we’re at as an industry and as a platform than I’ve ever been.”
Can't argue with that. Still though, it does raise a tough question: In this modern Future World of PCs, tablets, smart phones, and other Swiss army knives of technological prowess, is there still room for single-purpose devices? Are you still interested in gaming on something that can't instantly connect you to all your friends and spam them with CityVille notifications until they personally notify you about the live spiders they're pouring all over your face?