Back from a tough day at work? Have things at home been less-than-optimal? Could your life be best described as a “never-ending torrent of shame and misery”? Well, those are, er, probably things you should look into fixing, but – if the the results of a recent East Carolina University study pan out – don't be surprised to see your therapist's interrogation couch (or whatever those things are called) replaced by a gaming PC.
So is PC gaming hosed? That seems to be the case for games that a) are not massively multiplayer, b) don’t have “Sims” in the title, or c) aren’t played by your mom.
But it’s not really as dire as all that. Mass Effect actually made it to number 2, and Sins of a Solar Empire to number 9, on the current NPD PC sales charts.
Those numbers, however, don’t reflect where PC owners are really gettin’ their game on: with casual games. Remember when you would say you were a PC gamer and people would say, “Yeah, me too,” and you’d ask what they played, and they’d say, “Minesweeper and Solitaire.” And you’d chuckle. Good times!