Think PC Gaming is dying? Think again. If anything, thanks to consoles seeming a little underpowered next to their PC brethren, there’s been a bit of a surge in good old mouse and keyboard gaming. While sales of multiplatform console and PC games tend to, internationally at least, be skewed towards consoles – but if sales of Portal 2, one of this year’s most critically acclaimed games are any indication, that might be changing.
"Portal 2 did better on the PC than it did on the consoles," Valve’s Gabe Newell said to Gamasutra, noting that Left 4 Dead, which was a 360 console exclusive, fared better on console. â€œWe can never predict; I mean we just try to build good games and then we tend to be surprised,â€ he said when asked about the affinity for console regarding the new Counter-Strike.â€ So you know we don’t try to guess, because we’re not sure what value there is to guessing. We’ve never had a situation where we said, â€˜We really, really want to build something that is more popular for the console guys.’
â€œBecause usually we have a bunch of other higher priority problems we want to solve. So we’re glad that people want to play our games wherever they want to play.â€
No real indication of how much better Portal 2 did on PC – but it’s something. And with it being one of the top-selling PC games this year, maybe it’ll show other publishers that good games sell well, and that restrictive DRM only prevents sales. Probably not though.
Source : Gamasutra
Last Updated: August 30, 2011