How many times have you heard the comment that PC and console games are dying? Personally I think some people in the gaming industry are just trying to attract attention. While it is quite true that “social” gaming is edging it’s way into the console market I believe there is still room for all of them to compete and consumers will and should benefit from the added competition. Now when I say social gaming, I mean games that are relatively cheap, say $.99 cents to $4.99. These are the prices you expect from games on a phone or tablet, yes there are some deep gaming experiences that will run you around $10, but that is a topic for a later article. Basically if you want an inexpensive, fast game while on the bus, rain or toilet, this is what you play, although many people take their 3DS and PS vita into their bathrooms also, their games are not that cheap. A good gaming experience that will submerse you and visually astound you on a big screen, well you go play on your consoles, whichever they might be.
I believe that depending on your location, the experience you want and game play you hunger for will ultimately make the choice on which platform you choose to play it on at that moment. It’s also important to remember that alot of game titles will only work on consoles or a PC, so when I read about so-called experts and analysts decrying the death of consoles I just have to throw my hands up and say..well, hear e go again!
Trip Hawkins the co-founder of Electronic Arts believes that consoles not PC’s are the real dying breed.
“The console market is always going to be with us, because there’s always going to be a hardcore segment, a segment that likes innovation,” he acknowledged. “But it’s going to become a smaller market, and it’s going to be more like a hobby market. You look at airplanes. Most of us just want to be a passenger, but there’s a hobby market for people who are really into aviation and want to take flying lessons and maybe someday have their own airplane. I think that’s what’s happening to the console market.”
Hawkins believes that the advantages inherent to internet-based gaming ensure that its popularity will increase dramatically in the near future. “In the old days I’d go down to the basement to play Grand Theft Auto,” he said. “But the Facebook gamer is able to play at work, at home, in a hotel on a PC. They can get access to a browser just about anywhere. People are thinking about convenience first.”
Sorry Mr. Hawkins but consoles will not become a hobby unless you and other game companies make it happen by forcing more games on tablets and phones and less on consoles. Somehow, I really do not understand the reasoning or logic in comparing consoles and hardcore gamers to a hobby like flying, but hey, he’s entitled to his own opinion right?