Up For Debate - PC Gamers Love Console Games

Written by Jon Sutton on Sun, Oct 1, 2017 4:00 PM
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I don’t know when it happened, but at some point, PC gamers fell in love with console games. Not all of them, sure, but a big enough chunk that the majority of the conversation is now centred around these big, blockbuster AAA franchises geared towards the pick-up and play sensibilities of many console gamers.

Just take a little glance down the most popular games on GD (found in the centre of GD’s homepage). The top 10 is just absolute dominated by typical console titles. They’ve got a lustrous sheen after being polished within an inch of their lives, slick play experiences that empower production values over the inventive ideas, tactical thinking and risk-taking we come to associate with PC gaming. They’re the likes of FIFA 18, Destiny 2, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Need For Speed: Payback, Star Wars Battlefront 2 and Call of Duty: WWII that dominate our top 10. They’re alleviated somewhat by PUBG sat on the top spot but the message is very clear - PC gamers are very interested in these consolized experiences.

Down near the bottom half of the most popular games we begin to see glimmers of traditional PC gaming with Divinity: Original Sin II and Total War: Warhammer 2, yet their popularity pales into insignificance next to PES 2018.

It’s an experience most keenly felt when I think of the PC gaming magazines of yesteryear such as PC Zone and PC Gamer. Back then, wholly PC-centric titles like Baldur’s Gate, Thief, Half-Life, Diablo, Deus Ex, Homeworld and Vampire: The Masquerade reigned supreme.

There’s been a shift, and I think there’s possibly a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, more games are coming to PC. We’re being treated to a greater number of console-like titles than ever before. Unless it’s a paid exclusive, chances are it’s also coming to PC these days.

Secondly, the extended length of the 7th generation of consoles (PS3 and X360) meant an unprecedented number of console gamers began moving to PC, a flood which has continued to this day. These are console gamers who were fed up of getting an inferior experience, moving to PC to get the same games they know and love, but this time looking and running as best they can. I think we’re in an age where more PC gamers are former console players than ever before.

Fortunately, it’s not all doom and gloom for the beloved genres that have made their home on PC. It’s still the best, and often only place to play MOBAs, strategy games, CRPGs, management titles and point and click adventures. They are, along with the glut of fantastic indie titles, still PC gaming’s bread and butter, as typified by Divinity: Original Sin 2. A very pure PC gaming experience; great word of mouth and excellent reviews led to a concurrent player base of 75,000 on Steam at launch. Not bad at all considering the never-ending focus on billion-dollar production values.

So do you think the popularity of traditional PC games is on the wane? Is a preoccupation with AAA just a result of the seismic shift from console to PC gaming? Let us know!

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10:55 Oct-04-2017

Consoles are composed by hardware just like PCs. I think in the future mostly, they will merge. All you need is an OS that uses the hardware efficiently. You'll buy/build any system you want and install a free or paid OS, that'll use your hardware for one purpose or the other.

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15:23 Oct-03-2017

I never believed in PC GAMING, CONSOLE GAMING, hah! I only hate mobile gaming. I don't care if I have a PC or console. Games are games.Games are meant to be fun. Why we take it too serious like some Political matter. lol

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17:58 Oct-03-2017

Agree, on both. ;)

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00:46 Oct-03-2017

Whoa Ohh ohh Ooooohhhh we just wanna have funnnnn

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11:51 Oct-02-2017

Nothing makes a game a, "Console Game", it is just a game that happens to be on PS or XBOX, period. And all platforms have their exclusives.

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11:22 Oct-02-2017

Says about liking the console games then post the list of all multi plateform games except may be forza7.
I would've talked about the real console blockbuster games like uncharted series, the last of us, Zelda series etc.Because lets face it the only console games right now are the ones on ps4 and nintendo switch.

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03:02 Oct-02-2017

To be honest, I always believe a game was simply a game no matter what platform it was one. We're not really comparing apples to oranges. Like AMD and Intel CPUs are still CPUs
Microsoft and Apple are companies that make PCs (because some people don't believe that Macs are PCs)


Only thing that really separates them is detail in the case of games, it's their genre. While I can say PUBG and Divinity Original Sin II are both games, they are both completely different genres.

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00:30 Oct-02-2017

"Console game" as in restricted to certain framerate, control method and graphical fidelity? Or just a game that has been released on console but is also on PC?

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22:06 Oct-01-2017

"Console games" Shooters in top 10. whut?
PUBG is hardly a "console game".
No such thing as a shooter that is a "console game". It's a PC game, on the console.

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12:09 Oct-04-2017

Might want to read the second paragraph.

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08:13 Oct-09-2017

Valid point. However you still listed Destiny 2 (a genre of game that has been almost exclusive to PC) and Battlefront 2, another shooter.

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21:21 Oct-01-2017

Waiting for a time when I can afford to play VR games.

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22:02 Oct-01-2017

Waiting for the time when there are VR games and NOT VR tech demos.

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22:10 Oct-01-2017

agreed.... VR right now just seems like a bunch of shovelware garbage.... if VR is gonna be a thing they need to give us more than that.... we need reasonably priced headsets and actual games...... though there is the whole Valve thing, Elite dangerous, Serious Sam VR, etc... so we do atleast have a few games that have tacked on VR as an afterthought.... as good or bad as that may or may not be.

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23:59 Oct-01-2017

I am personally looking forward, to the developments in the haptic area. So far the AxonVR has peeked my interest. Check out the link below if your interested.


https://www.roadtovr.com/axonvr-making-haptic-exoskeleton-suit-bring-body-mind-vr/

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00:50 Oct-02-2017

Sorry for the typo 0-o.
To tired to check every word.
:)

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21:01 Oct-01-2017

The lines are pretty blurred if you ask me..... What is a PC game? What is a console game? In the end.... aren't they all just games? Or ask yourself this.....Wouldn't they all be considered "PC Games" since even todays consoles are nothing more than X86 TV boxes?
I do think there's a distinction however, to me a console game is a game I'd rather play with controller, and a PC game I'd rather play with mouse and keyboard.... however there are very few modern games that fit the former for me.

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17:59 Oct-05-2017

X86 TV boxes. Man... That hurts right in that little organ that pumps blood, respect

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20:12 Oct-01-2017

I play way more on my ps4 than on my pc. I used to play way to much mmo s and single player rpgs are nice on console. But everytime i play a shooter the controlls suck but not as much as a controller which is always low on batteri

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18:55 Oct-01-2017

This whole post is satire, right ?!

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18:48 Oct-01-2017

Well I am neither a PC, NOR a console gamer, I am an all-around gamer, I play on all platforms, though I do NOT have any of the current gen consoles, due to the fact that they have hardly any exclusives and that all my friends play on PC multi-platform games, so I get them there too and since I get my multiplayer multi-plat games on PC, I guess I tend to get my singleplayer ones as well.


But I will be getting a PS4/PS4 Pro when the next God of War game comes out and I will buy the other 7-8 exclusives I'm interested in and then all singleplayer only games I will buy for the console from then on.

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23:03 Oct-01-2017

Isn't the whole "exclusive" scam the bane of gaming..? You have to buy into a system that you may not even want to begin with and be forced into a non-flexible experience that they throw at you just to play a game... I feel no shame when I use emulators for this...

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00:01 Oct-02-2017

To an extent I agree with you.... However, I can see the reasoning behind exclusives, and don't feel it's totally unreasonable..... At current time there's nothing a console can do that a mid range gaming PC can't do better, there has to be a selling point, without a selling point, there's no reason to buy a console, just instead build a small form factor PC, hook it up to your TV and you have your choice of gamepad, mouse and keyboard, or any other number of control options.

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00:12 Oct-02-2017

But to clarify..... I also feel no shame for using emulators, and happen to be a huge fan of emulation, it's not really a "grey area" for me morally unless you're downloading ROMS and ISOs for recent systems. For me, anything a couple generations behind is fair game.... My moral reasoning for this is that the devs have already made their money from the game, and rather than let them keep milking sales in some "virtual console", I'd rather see them innovate with new games.

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06:33 Oct-02-2017

From a completely logical stand point, yes exclusives are bad, from a subjective enthusiast stand point, no.
On the other hand without exclusives PC would be dead, I mean 95% of the players on PC play PC exclusives, like MOBAs, CS:GO, PUBG(which is soon coming to consoles to my understanding), WoW, Hearthstone and such. In reality 95%+ of PC players are in 20 games.

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14:16 Oct-02-2017

I disagree completely... PC is the most versatile platform of them all, and the most likely to survive, it's not just exclusives keeping us afloat, but higher fidelities than can be achieved on consoles, the open nature of the platform which allows us to play pretty much anything from a simple Atari game from the 1980s to a big modern AAA game with all the bells and whistles.
If it was true that 95% of PC gamers were only playing e-sports titles, then please explain the need for mid-highend GFX

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14:19 Oct-02-2017

There would be no need for anything beyond a GTX 1050/RX 560 if e-sports were all anyone was playing..... it might seem like that's all anyone is playing because of their popularity, but I can assure you that it's not true.

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20:12 Oct-02-2017

Yeah, wtf, I'm a huge PC gamer and have been for nearly 20 years now and never in my life did I end up playing WOW or CS or any MOBA games... Tried them, hated them, kept playing the others. And I'm far from alone in this.

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22:08 Oct-02-2017

Same here..... none of those games was ever enough to keep me interested more than a few seconds.... WoW seemed cool for the time when it first came out, but it's just not the same game anymore, and vanilla just hasn't aged well.... the others, I honestly just don't get the appeal of at all, tried them, wanted to find some reason to like them beyond the character art, hated them instead.

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18:30 Oct-01-2017

Traitors, murderers..

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18:22 Oct-01-2017

Are you kidding me..? Just because the game is multi-platform doesn't mean it's a console game... Furthemore what sucks a lot is the dumbing down of gameplay and UI thanks to the consoles, but you can't really get away from that these days so you take what you get.
I think you lost the plot a bit there, Jon :D


Look at the lovely UI of Fable: The Lost Chapters on PC and then at the horrid cringe-fest of Fable Anniversary!
And I wouldn't play shooters on a console/controller... 1) I like my high framerates and 2) I think playing a shooter with a controller is like playing tennis with a golf club - it's wrong xD

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18:45 Oct-01-2017

the dumbing down of gameplay is due to expensive and time consuming graphics, cinematics and animations and worlds that nowadays take about 80-90% of the budget for the game. The dumbing down of UI is indeed due to consoles, though the CoD WWII beta had PC-like UI both on the PC and Consoles and console players were complaining :D

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23:00 Oct-01-2017

Don't worry, if the consolers were complaining then it'll get "fixed" and you'll see it trickling down to the PC version xD


I really hate the stupid UI of the likes of FarCry3/4 and even the new DOOM got simplified, though for that kind of a game it's not that bad. Stupid weapon wheels everywhere! We all know it's to make it easier to switch on the analogue stick...

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06:34 Oct-02-2017

Sledgehammer said that they are NOT simply porting WWII to PC, which is nice for a change.

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20:10 Oct-02-2017

Well, the only problem is that COD is a game I won't be touching with a 10-foot pole anyway :D

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10:02 Oct-03-2017

haha I may have lost the plot but the point I'm trying to get across is nearly all multiplats are dumbed down console games these days anyway. PC-centric titles just aren't getting the same traction.

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18:01 Oct-01-2017

meeh

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17:23 Oct-01-2017

these games aren't console exclusive though? I dont even see how some of them are related to consoles at all.


personally, i dont mind consoles. and i used to use them. But PC is so much nicer in many ways :D

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17:53 Oct-01-2017

Imagine how i feel with my PC lol. I still hate the fact that some AMAZING games are console exclusive. I still think Naughty Dog would make a KILLING selling their games on PC but then Sony would have no business.

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18:31 Oct-01-2017

Naughty dog is owned by Sony so by selling on PC they would lose money on the console sales they get because of the exclusives and lose further money on their deminished console base to sell other titles to

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18:35 Oct-01-2017

Do what I do and wait for an emulator. Dante's Inferno is now playable fully on the PS3 emu, only a matter of time before God of War 3 will be too :D

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17:19 Oct-01-2017

I don't see how FPS games have a "consolized experience", Racing games too ? Need For speed kept being released for PC ever since I had a pentium 2.

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16:58 Oct-01-2017

Question: How is the 'Most Popular Games' list decided ?
Question: Are we comparing PC Exclusives to multi-plats or PC exclusives vs Console exclusives ?

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16:06 Oct-01-2017

Not new. PC centric/exclusive games are very few and far between.

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