Nvidia, Microsoft Leave the PC Gaming Alliance

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For years now, games publishers and console gamers have been saying that Pc gaming is dead. While that’s not exactly true – especially locally where PC gaming is still champion – it is changing. Internationally, PC Gaming is mostly reliant on casual gaming of the Bejewelled and Farmville ilk, and MMO’s like World of Warcraft.

Triple A PC gaming has been dealt a slight blow by what seems like the beginning of the end for the PC Gaming Alliance, a non-profit organisation set up to further the interests of PC gamers. Two of its founding members, Microsoft and Nvidia have reportedly left the organisation.

The PCGA’s president Matt Ployhar has tried downplaying the departure, saying the organisation is still focused on its task to “assist game developers, publishers and hardware companies,” in making better games. “Another key thing we’ll be doing is creating a more technical based advisory board that you’ll all be hearing more about very soon,” he said. “We’re doing this to flesh out the PCGA’s technical expertise while simultaneously addressing perceived gaps in membership.”

While outsiders and console gamers may see this is yet another nail in the coffin of PC gaming, PC Gamers would know that the PCGA has done roughly not a damned thing for PC gaming thus far, so the loss of two key members should make little to no difference in their lives. Still, it’s symbolically significant; if such PC gaming proponents as Nvidia and Microsoft have lost interest, why should anyone else bother?

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Source : Big Download (via VG247)

Last Updated: February 21, 2011

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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