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Insanity Prevails Jun 4, 12
Yeah, casual gaming has become a big thing, but that doesn't mean the more hardcore gaming market has shrunk to nothing. We wouldn't see yearly CoD releases if that were true, for example. Clearly the market is still there and it's silly to say at this point in time that console gaming is definitely going to die out, even if you're predicting it for the next generation of consoles.
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Saevus Jun 4, 12
consoles? absolutely. trumped up pcs with overpriced games and peripherals on hardware that becomes increasingly stale with each day that passes after its release.

traditional video games? hardly. the exponential growth in table/smartphone gaming is largely due to tapping into a demographic that historically rarely/never played video games at all. more precisely, it is currently something that is trendy and fashionable to do. and whereas video games as a whole have made tremendous strides as the medium has evolved over past decades, i don't see tablet gaming as a next step in that evolution. publishers will begin to cater to this crowd more and more frequently until the fad passes and the money dries up. but something you play for 2 months for a buck and then move on from cannot replace something it will never measure up to as an immersive experience. the evolution of depth and complexity in gaming is something that has spurred innovation for decades and i will not accept that that can be replaced by angry birds.
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pipripx Jun 4, 12
"Today’s gamers buy a game for 99 cents, download it and play it for 15 to 20 minutes per day over a period of two months – and then they move on."

WOW WOW WOW calm down here after i read this i was done reading today's CASUAL GAMER key word does that. the thing is there are a lot more casual gamers then there are hardcore wires in the vain wiith a jack in plug all matrixs style on the back of the head.

and i want from games is solid game play we lost that too the casual gamer everything is far to easy and its just so wrong and if all hard core gamers just stood up and quit....the sad thing is companies would lose almost next to nothing

so the truth is if consoles do lose out and all we start geting is these crappy 99 cent games that say give me a random around of money that ends up being way more then you planed to spend on it is due to the CASUAL GAMER not the hardcore gamer we are not at fault here they are to blame
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THM Jun 4, 12
Well, history has shown us that when VHS came out, critics said cinemas will die, of course ONLY PORN cineams in New York died (Reminds me of Taxi Driver?)...ordinary cinemas still dominate exclusive viewing rights of new films way before the release of Blu-rays or DVDs.

Therefore, Crytek's argument is truly delusional and baseless in terms of historical facts. In terms of new mobile entertainment, I believe mobile casual gamings (Angry Bird?) will never EVER replace hardcore console-based gamings (Metal Gear or CoD)...Just like Kinect and Move can't replace traditional controllers for some games!!!

Crytek's argument undermines its intelligence of entertainment history, thereby showing not only a weakeness in conceptual thinking ability but also absurdity in logical/analytical skills of Crytek's developers...Go back to school and finish HSC, Crytek developers!!!!!

Every technology has its own place regardless of consumer base. Nothing has a complete upper edge nowadays...
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armhead Jun 4, 12
"consoles? absolutely. trumped up pcs with overpriced games and peripherals on hardware that becomes increasingly stale with each day that passes after its release."
Actually, most consoles are mediocre to pitiful single purpose computers with nice video cards. So most wouldn't even be good as PCs. "The console will displace the PC, you hear it again and again." The PC is already in most people's homes, its a more powerful platform than the console in most respects, and it is a lot easier to develop for. I hear the exact opposite of this quote again and again. I agree with some points that they are making, they've just reached illogical conclusions.
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Northern49 Jun 4, 12
THM, developing and marketing consoles is a huge investment, and sometimes these investments fall through. If people begin to move away from consoles onto open platforms like the PC or onto handheld devices, even if it is only 20% of all console gamers, the development and marketing cost will be too high, and the investment will be increasingly risky, making the entire prospect of developing a next gen console a bad idea for any business.
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bbb7002004 Jun 4, 12
People have played simple games on their computers for years, be it minesweeper or flash games on Yahoo. Just because we can count when people play these games now doesn't mean they didn't exist before.

But hey, what do you expect from a company who's driving goal is to sell game engines for theoretical hardware in a constant arms race to no where? All but kill off the PC market, then move over to consoles and do the same. Brilliant.
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armhead Jun 4, 12
quote bbb7002004
People have played simple games on their computers for years, be it minesweeper or flash games on Yahoo. Just because we can count when people play these games now doesn't mean they didn't exist before.

But hey, what do you expect from a company who's driving goal is to sell game engines for theoretical hardware in a constant arms race to no where? All but kill off the PC market, then move over to consoles and do the same. Brilliant.
But as well, the PC has been the platform for massive games like Diablo III, Spore, Minecraft, World of Warcraft, that are definitely not casual, so I think there's still a market in hardcore PC games.
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bbb7002004 Jun 4, 12
I agree, but it has suffered the last several years with most of the headline games showing up on consoles.
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ims2golfer Jun 4, 12
Console games are better imo no matter what because half of the time you need a good PC to handle most PC games, when with a console you can run anything made for it because PC games aren't developed for absolutely one computer.
I somewhat agree, consoles have been going down since the Gamecube era, but they'll just learn from their mistakes and move on. As long as there are gamers there will be consoles.
Measly Facebook, i Pod, and Flash games won't overrun consoles.
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