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I think the thing that will change is that over time, the desktop will be replaced by the new "all-in-ones."
I.e., looks like a 27" screen, with all the computer parts located inside the box that holds the screen.
It still has the "desk-top" performance, but takes up a lot less space. Of course, a lot of the parts are smaller, but performance has not suffered.
Blizzard smart to produce a game that can be played on more than one platform. Expose the awesomeness of D3 to more people!
It's called Steam and Amazon. PC gaming is alive and well.
You couldn't be more wrong, I guarantee within the next 10 years you'll hardly see anybody with a PC, especially a desktop. Everything will be on consoles in your living room, or on a tablet/phone. Not just for gaming either.
It's only a matter of time.
TeejayMac uses speculation!
It is not very effective...
Current active fanbase doesn't mean crap. This isn't a subscription based game. The only that matters is sales.
No one looks at FF7 and says but the current active playerbase is 1000!
I'm not comparing the quality of the two games, just how they sold.
I would not say that. Mobile games have their own charme, but if you take a look on how popular crowd funding has become or why certain projects are so popular (like PoE, I hate to mention it because people might OMG! NOT AGAIN! But what ever if we like it or not it is after all an interesting project and I am curious to see what will happen here in the future!).
The gaming buisness has some serious issues. I am now playing games for the last 18 years, and I am sure not alone here considering that most gameers are between their 20s and 30s now.
What disturbs me is how many restrictions and limitations are forced on players. Like always DRM measures masked as always online systems in the name of convenience. I was always critical about STEAM and I am still not comletely convinced despite the fact that it is an great platform. But gamers today lose their ability to think critical about their games and hobby. The fans destroy their own franchises and games that simple. People defending games which are full of bugs or errors and butchered gameplay elements for example. D3 is for me just the tip of the ice berg. But it once again proves that endless resources and high numbers of people dont have to make an awesome game. Diablo 3 is by no means a bad game. But its also not awesome. Its mediocre.
Now imagine some 20 years ago a game had the resources of Diablo 3, CoD or Assasins Creed. Literaly 100 milion of Dolloar just for the production. To be fair, most of the development today is spend on marketing as far as AAA games go like D3 or CoD. I have read that they can easily throw out 100m Dollar just on advertisting while only a small parr of the resources is actually spend on the programming. Marketing is expensive, but it works! Thats the issue. With games you dont have to deliver quality anymore, just mediocre content with awesome marketing.
But this is not going to work always. If you see how many big companies are forcing always online systems on the player. They spend so much money on the development of games that they HAVE to sell million copies to just get even. Skyrim was for Bethesda a huge success, but just to get the cost in they have to sell around 2-3 milion copies. Do you know how many copies Fallout 1 had to sell to be a totall success? 300 000 games. Just 300 000 games! And Fallout 1 is seen as one of the best games of its time. Is Diablo 3 though really the better game as far as quality goes? Thats the question.
The PC and the Console are very popular gaming platforms. But if companies see their users as nothing more but walking bags of money ... its no surprise why it "dies" eventually. Should not bother us though as gamers. It will lead to better games in the end because it opens up new possibilities for new projects. Wasteland 2, Project Eternity by Obsidian even and so on. A lot of very interesting concepts are in the works now and they look awesome because they go back to the roots of the games but they still want to offer improvements.
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