We’re a very community-focused bunch here at NAGF, and we’re looking for more contributors to join us and give us their views on gaming.
Lauren Coupe, for instance, is a gamer with strong views on PC gaming. In our first ever NAGF guest post (with hopefully more to follow), Lauren tells us in no uncertain terms why she feels console ports are damaging the future of PC gaming:
“PCs are the best things since sliced bread. Everybody relies on them, whether it be at work or for shopping or just for socialising with friends.
“Xbox 360 and the PS3 consoles release games that you can also purchase on the PC, with the majority of sales favouring consoles. Why is this? Well, for starters it is easier for a person to install a game, as you just put the disk in and play (unless it’s for the PS3, in which case you have to wait around about 20 minutes for the damn thing to install), and it’s less confusing when it comes to downloading patches because the console does it all for you. What I fail to understand is why console gamers marvel about their graphics, when the PC has been able to produce intense graphics of its own for years now.
“Remember when games for the PC used to be generations apart from consoles in terms of graphics? PCs revolutionised gaming, and to be able to play games on the highest graphical setting possible was really something to boast about as we looked down from our pedestals at the mediocre graphics on console machines. It is hard for us to be able to do such a thing now for recent games, as some graphical settings have be toned down for the PC because the games have been ported onto it straight from the console version, and the console can’t handle top-notch graphics like the PC can. So why should us PC gamers suffer? Why should we have to stick with average graphics just because the Xbox 360 and PS3 can’t handle good graphics?
RISEN is a shining example of what the PC can deliver in comparison to the Xbox 360
“Take, for example, Crysis. Crysis was and still is the most fantastic looking game you will ever see when you turn the graphics up to the highest quality on the PC. There isn’t really another game that looks as crisp and clean-cut as Crysis. Fans waited in anticipation for Crysis 2 to be released, wondering how they could ever top the gorgeous graphics of the first game. Then the demo arrived.
Crysis was a game like no other
“The Crysis 2 demo was what can only be described as one big disappointment. The graphics were bland and blurry, and it made me feel as though I was playing through a Gear of War game or something straight off the Xbox 360. The reason for this is because the demo was a straight port off the damn thing! What I found astonishing was that some of the people who had worked on the game were actually denying this fact on the forum to their disheartened fans. There is proof that it is just a straight port when on the menu screen it tells you to ‘press start’ to begin. Do you see a start button on your keyboard anywhere?
Do you see a start button on your keyboard?
“I know people are going to rant and rave when I ask ‘has console gaming ruined gaming’? Because I know that there are some good console games out there, and it would be hard to sit there and agree, but real gaming for me has always been about the PC and what it is capable of doing. Now it’s not even capable of being able to show off its graphics anymore, because it is being given the cold shoulder by some high profile developers, who prefer to make their games directly for the console market and throw the PC a rubbish port that doesn’t even feel right to play because they haven’t made the controls very good.
“I find the Dragon Age 2 demo very awkward to play on the PC because the camera is assigned to the left mouse button but the left mouse button is also ‘attack’, so as you’re attacking, the damn camera is moving in all directions with you! Sigh… Let’s hope you get to change the controls around when the game is released.
“When the Xbox 700 and the PS50 are released, they will still look no better than the PC in terms of graphics, because the PC is far too advanced for any other gaming machine to compete with. But you can guarantee the console games will still outsell it.”
Do you agree with Lauren’s views? Are bad ports hurting PC gaming? Let us know in the comments section below, or even better, write a rebuttal!