Do you remember a time when pc games at brick and mortar stores were more than one shelf stuffed in the back?
Do you remember when they tried to stock the latest and best pc games always?
Do you remember when they bothered to price their pc games fairly according to age and popularity?
I can only answer yes to the first one myself and even then that time was so far back its really reaching into my memory for it. Truth of the matter is this, the gaming industry wanted pc gaming to die along time ago, they seriously tried to kill it.
"But why would they do such a thing?" you ask. Simple. PC gaming, unlike consoles, has freedom.
- There are communities, large ones, that can mod the game freely, adding days/weeks/months of playtime onto a game. Companies didn't like this one bit, if you are still playing X game even months later how are they going to make you shell out $60-100 every 3 months for their games?
- Full blown piracy exists on the pc. If something is unfair or overpriced, people just steal it. A guy who charges $50 a bottle of water in the desert will get robbed. The open piracy forces companies to be competitive and honest, and they don't like that one bit.
- PC gamers, not trying to start a flame war or insult people, but seriously are generally more educated. they can sort deals from scams, and can patiently wait a market out. Well how is a company supposed to
scamearn record profits when dealing with people like that?
If anything steam was what saved the PC industry from dying and companies do not like that one bit. So do not believe the lies retailers are spewing about steam killing the PC industry. If you want a more accurate headline here's one.
Steam hurts our console game sales so we can only afford one Ferrari this year instead of two, BAWWWWWWW.