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In a GDC discussion panel titled "The Connected Future of Games," Valve director of business development Jason Holtman
and Blizzard executive vice president Rob Pardo made strong arguments championing the PC platform's flexibility and deriding the rigid framework of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
"One of the great strengths of the PC is that it's open," Holtman said when talking about the second part of the Portal 2 promotion in which they changed the ending to the original game. "That's a thing that we can do on the PC. You can go back and as you think of things you can react to them –
you can wake up the next day and say, 'I learned this yesterday and I want to do this today.'"
In contrast, contemporary consoles suffer from lengthy processes to get new content, patches, and game updates approved and delivered to customers. This is often a bane to development teams that want to fix a game-crippling bug (think Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2's Javelin glitch) or deliver new content on their own schedule. This troubling fact was also harped upon by Blizzard's Pardo.
After the panel wrapped up and the Q&A session began, one attendee asked the Blizzard exec what it would take to bring games like World of Warcraft to consoles."A better cert process," he said. "You have to go through all sorts of cert processes to get it to the platform, and I think that's a real challenge for all of the stuff we were talking about. If we want to put World of Warcraft on a console, and you want to run patches – one of the things we have to do all the time is put up a patch when you find a bug that will completely unhinge a game. We'll actually do a hot fix."
No such avenue currently exists on consoles.
Until Microsoft and Sony loosen their grip on console accessibility and allow development teams to make changes and provide services to products as they see fit, don't expect to see Valve and Blizzard ditch the PC as their primary platform.
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I think each platform has it's own perks, thus why I own a gaming PC along with a 360 and PS3. Options!
What they are really saying is that they suck and lack the skill to put pc games on a console.
Not true at all. I've seen a pirated L4D2 working on a PC just fine.
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There has to be a way for these developers to make it happen. I could see the 360 having more issues long term than the PS3 only because of disc size constraints. No, I'm not a Sony fanboy, I'm a 360 owner. It seems like if developers made a game that stated it needed internet access and a hard drive then there should be no reason that they couldn't make it happen unless Microsoft and Sony were just being pains in the butt.
This is why I'm glad I own a good enough gaming PC and an Xbox, and why I always buy Valve games on PC.
Such a shame blizzard denys consoles. They make such great games.
PC is the way 2 go :p
Not true. I built my gaming rig for under $400 after my old MB and chipset just wouldn't push my new video card (that $400 includes the 1 gig video card the old computer wouldn't push). I can upgrade as necessary too, without buying a whole new PC.
"Good" gaming rigs are only overpriced if you pay someone else to make it for you and slap it in a fancy-schmancy box.
Valve I swear they are the biggest bunch of a holes. They give the PS3 no love, pretend to love the 360 and yet bash consoles at this conference.
A better cert process? Not the only thing. for a game like WOW you need to have an instant reaction, and for that you need a lot of keys, so a keyboard would be required.
There are just so many spells and abilities i just don't see it working on those controllers... Maybe a smaller scale MMO, something like oblivion where there aren't 40 spells needed on keys.
And for the people who are saying there are PC pirates you are right!
But wait, there are also a lot of 360 pirates, games that usually get cracked even before the PC. not to mention ds/psp/wii/etc..
diablo 3 for consoles would be insane, but i dont think thats going to happen
@Anyone who tries to put up an agrument that PC gaming is "just too darn expensive".
Please refer to Frogman1975's post. Your an idiot, yes you, and you know nothing of the prices of computer hardware, the reason WHY these people you hear of with godly computers HAVE godly computers, is because they BUILD them. Your basing your opinion of PC gaming off of name brand computers like Dell, HP, etc., and you shouldn't even look at any name brand computers in the first place, if your planning on PC gaming. The secret to affordable PC gaming is building your own computers, and it's not even hard to do, there's hundreds of tutorials online.
You only spent $400 to build your PC gaming system from the ground up? Or did you just upgrade it a with piece of hardware for $400?
Man I hate to say this, but if you only spent $400 to build a gaming system either you have the monster hook up on buying parts your gaming system just sucks.
Please update this post with the specs of your system and let's price our the parts.
All valve ever does is whine. As long as they want to keep the pc as their primary console, that's fine. They shouldn't expect the sales they could have if they put in the extra work. They'd rather just whine about it.
I don't game on the PC, so I don't really care what Valve or Blizzard thinks about console accessibility.
yeah man you really have to buy valve and blizz games...you cant just download them...i have a ps3 and pc and i love them both...it is fair to point out that not everyone can afford a pc that allows them to play games on thier highest settings but if you go to newegg.com with even a noob understanding of how to assemble a pc (there are also websites that make it really easy to throw a rig together for noobs) then you can spend about 500 bucks and still get to play most games that are out now...