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Blizzard: We're not giving up on PC gaming
Old 11 August 2010, 04:12   #1
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Games publishing powerhouse Blizzard has said that while the PC faces a lot of challenges as a games platform, it refuses to turn its back on it, following the launch of the highly anticipated StarCraft 2 late last month. Mike Ryder VP and Managing Director International Operations told PCR:

"Its certainly not written off by us. PC development has a number of unique challenges that console developers donít face, but Blizzard is one of the few companies that is there making great PC games. We've spent a lot of time in development focussing on scalablity, on new PC hardware and old. If you were just designing for a console it would be a much easier task."

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So console development has no unique challenges? Like the fact you need to develop for every platform independently and that those platforms demand extra cash for hardware to be able to do any work?

Good thing is, when you develop for consoles you only need to scale down.
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Old 11 August 2010, 09:08   #3
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Am I the only one who noticed that PC is gaining a lot of attention lately? It's coming back, it really is.
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thats because they've figured out that consoles are pirated more :P
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Old 11 August 2010, 12:49   #5
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Am I the only one who noticed that PC is gaining a lot of attention lately? It's coming back, it really is.
What are you talking about? It did never go away.
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How can Blizzard even be debating the value of the PC, when World of Warcraft is bringing in billions every year to them and is PC/Mac Exclusive. They shouldn't give a single flying fck about consoles.

this is 2007 figures, and I am pretty sure revenues have gone up as they are selling more side-products now

http://kotaku.com/350895/blizzard-lo...-thanks-to-wow

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Old 11 August 2010, 17:32   #7
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its true blizzard has made enough on wow to raise an army and have a viable shot at world domination, although wow's time wont last forever maybe another 2 years before most people move on, which makes me wonder if they will try another subscription based game to continue the insane revenue...diablo III better not be subscription...mind you I have my worries about diablo III as well since the original diablo team is not working on this one but isntead releasing such titles as torchlight

Considering all other blizzard games equate to coffe change when compared to what they earn with wow its hard to imagine them giving a damn about console games, even if they release a hit it will only make them over its life time what they make from wow in one month
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WoW has a lot more life in it than 2 years. Even if it does go through a period of people moving on to something else, it will still have millions of subscribers, and it is constantly getting new ones, new expansion due around this Xmas, which will easily hold it solid for a couple of years, they will constantly update and change the franchise to keep it going for a good long while yet.
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see I dont think it will have nearly the player base in a couple years as it does now, people will start to get bored of the formula, even with expansions its still the same shit with a slightly different aroma, even the mindless drones addicted to wow now will eventually tire of it
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Well WoW has been around for over 6 years, and before that there was EverQuest and other similar things, and the same players have been playing all of those, so I don't think so, just because you don't like something doesn't mean there isn't an audience for it, if people were to get quickly bored of the formula it would have died out 4 years ago, not just got stronger and stronger in a linear fashion.

http://www.mmogchart.com/Chart1.html

Like to back things up a bit, here is the chart of active subscribers to the different MMO's, WoW is a bit unique, and so far shows no sign of slowing down, and with a big launch this November or so, I think it will continue to do well, with no sharp downturn. Thats why I think this coming from Blizzard is a joke.

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