Gabe Newel Debunks 'PC is Dying' Claims

"There have been a bunch of stories written recently, both in the gaming press and the mainstream business press, that PC gaming is dead,"said Gabe Newell during a small press event held yesterday at Valve's offices in Bellevue, Washington.

"Is there a crisis in [PC] gaming?" was the question Newell intended to answer. "You know, 'Piracy killed my game,' 'Console numbers are huge,' 'People don't want to play their PCs in the living room' - all these stories get written over and over again, and our view is that it's exactly the opposite. PC is where all the action is, and there's a perception problem."

Newel then pointed out that, according to Gartner Group data, there are over 260 million online PC gamers and that Steam alone has 15 million connected gamers, with 1.25 million peak connected gamers, and 191% year-over-year growth.

"This is a market that dwarfs the size of any of the proprietary closed platforms", Newell said. But where do all those 'PC is dying' reports come from? Newel explained that while worldwide retail PC game sales have been relatively flat since about 2001, PC online sales have continually grown. Problem is, online sales data is not tracked by major analysis firms such as the NPD Group. Same goes for online subscriptions, ad-supported free online games' revenue and microtransactions.

Valve expects their online sales to surpass their retail sales within the next three months.

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Gabe Newel Debunks 'PC is Dying' Claims

Who cares. PC gaming is and will still be alive. You don't need numbers to prove jack. As long as people make games for PC people will buy them.In regards to the first two jacka$$es, he made a better game and more successful then either of you will ever be.

Gabe Newel Debunks 'PC is Dying' Claims

Of course the pc isnt dying, however i will NEVER pay for steam games or any other game that is tied to a bulls**t system like steam or requires activation as in the case of bioshock or mass effect.They can all go screw themselves.You hear that gabe, ya fat cvnt?

Gabe Newel Debunks 'PC is Dying' Claims

Buying online is all fun and games, but imo there's nothing better than a big colourful box.With, of course, the exception of Valve's exceptionally ugly colourful Orange Box. Ugh.I guess they tried making the box as ugly as possible to force people to buy the (good) games inside it online rather than having to put it on a shelf somewhere.

Gabe Newel Debunks 'PC is Dying' Claims

well most pc games now a days are just slaped togother and instead of fixing any thing makeing it run better they just say screw it leats just put a 3ghz cpu of req when the game should run fine on a 1.5ghz ... so pc gameing = new video card and cpu and some times even ram every year or 2 new cpu 700 to 1k easy new video card 500+ o wait you weant 2 for pcie that 1+k

Gabe Newel Debunks 'PC is Dying' Claims

Yea PC gaming is HOT!!Strategy games..FPS games...strategy games! Oh did I mention FPS games??Man I'm so happy I pay $600 a year to buy the new Nvdia GPU! Damn I can't wait for the 10800GTX! Its like 10% faster than the 9800 but its so worth the $600!I love games at 1600x1200 all set to high on my 19" monitor! It puts you console gamers to shame! muahha im gonna go and play some World of Warcraft now! Oh and some more strategy games are being released yes i can't wait!!

Gabe Newel Debunks 'PC is Dying' Claims

@Anonymous 9:48 3/6/2008I bet your name is Mike and you don't shave often enough, AND YOU ARE A FAT PEICE OF S**T. Stop eating my food and blocking the scenery and breathing my air and costing me tax dollars with your fat ill-health, fatso!Meet me at 51° 6' N and 114° 1' W so I can give you free liposuction and cure you of your disease, and also wire your mouth shut with barbed wire. Fatty.

Gabe Newel Debunks 'PC is Dying' Claims

at 11:21 3/6/2008When they throw in s**t like securerom and cd key generation, makes you wonder who the real pirate is. They just need an excuse to have to invest into consoles because they get payed royalties to do so. Has nothing to do about what the market wants, I should know I'm a 3d modeler/animator and I can tell most of the console fan boys out there pc's cant die. You still need a pc for developers to make a console game, so if you happen my way (not the poster) I will show you just how much I like consoles.

Gabe Newel Debunks 'PC is Dying' Claims

"wot would you call great?"Games with a good story, mainly rpgs and adventures. Games where you get stuck if you dont have the brains to figure things out.You mentioned C&C, battlefield, UT.C&C is all about getting money and spamming your strongest unit. Battlefield is all about using a vehicle to spawncamp the other team and UT... well its so crappy that I dont even consider playing that.

Gabe Newel Debunks 'PC is Dying' Claims

C&C is all about planning attacks and anticipating the enemies next move. If your s**t enough to let some1 spawncamp on battlefield then maybe you shouldnt play. How do u no how good UT is if u havnt played it? if u want a game where u gotta figure things out, play portal.

Gabe Newel Debunks 'PC is Dying' Claims

I can list of 50 well known very scucessful games or franchises from the PC, try doing that for just one console.... and the PC can play even the oldest games, to the newest. as well as games form the PS2 and down console wise if you know what your doing... so ya PC's will never die for gaming. some of the best games ever, started on the PC, even if they went multi in the end. every system as something to offer.

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