You Really Don't Need Solitaire In 3-D
from the inflated-expectations dept
An exec from Epic Games, makers of the Unreal series of PC games, says that Intel is killing the PC games business by pushing the use of integrated graphics processors rather than more powerful standalone video cards. He adds that gamers are flocking to consoles instead, and that developers are thinking of abandoning PCs completely. This is a pretty bizarre comment on several levels, not the least of which that general consumers don’t really seem to care about getting machines with more graphical power, while those that do aren’t short of options. The bigger issue, though, is his apparent belief that the only way to make better games is with more powerful machines, that more detailed graphics will always win out over better gameplay or new gaming concepts. There’s a huge market of consumers that aren’t necessarily interested in more realistic first-person shooters or more detailed sports games, and that don’t need better graphics cards — but who like to play games. Perhaps that explains some of the appeal of Frogger on an Xbox.