PAX 2010: PC Gaming Gets a Boost
By Joseph Christ on September 7th, 2010 (18 comments)
PAX 2010 is now over. This is the time when reflection of the convention as a whole can take place. Beyond the detailed previews, impressions, and news one can also try to garner a look at where the industry might be going as a whole. It's not a perfect science, but speculation hardly ever is. One thing I took away from this PAX is the new push that PC gaming is beginning to make into the market once again. The PC presence is always there of course. I wrote a bit about it from E3 2010, and even some from last years PAX 2009. In 2010, however, it seemed to be making a larger sweep. A plethroa of new MMO's we're being shown, an RTS MMO, FireFall (an MMO resembling both PlanetSide and Tribes) was there, as well as an abundance of other MMO's and computer paraphernalia.
I think MMO's will always be there. Very often the new ones will fail from the time you see them at one convention to the time the next convention takes place. So is the way of the MMO world, but like the sun rising the next day, another will surely take the preceding one's place. The push this year was curious, and perhaps somewhat expected, since people are currently a-buzz with StarCraft II and the "upcoming" Diablo III, both of which were completely absent from the show floor this year.
If PC is trying to make a comeback it is surely doing so with the help of STEAM which has arguably saved PC gaming over the past 5-10 years or so. And good on Valve for doing so since a little competition with the console market can be nothing if not healthy.
We'll see how things look next year, or at least at the next convention we cover. It'll be interesting to see if this current bump has any legs. If so, then it may just be time to update that video card and see what that side of the gaming tracks has to offer.
Have an opinion about this? Then sound off in the comments.
Joseph Christ is the Reviews Editor and a Podcast Personality at 4Player. Specializing in reviews, editorials, drinking, and saying inappropriate things about gaming franchises that are beloved by millions, his satirical and sometimes edgy style offsets a more serious and penetrating substance lurking below the surface. He is also the host of the Cocktail Time Podcast. You'll follow his Twitter if you know what's good for you.
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