Is PC gaming really dead?


With the releases of Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4, it might be hard to imagine where games for the personal computer (PC) might fit in still, but despite the popularity of the aforementioned consoles to the gaming website DualShockers, 63 percent of gamers still use PC; that number suggests that PC gaming is not truly gone.

Many PC games are free-to-play, meaning that no payment is necessary in order to play the game. Usually, these games are multiplayer, games such as Nexon’s “Maplestory,” Jagex’s “RuneScape” and “Neopets.” However, there are also games that are not multiplayer and instead focus on the player himself. Such games include Artix Entertainment’s “AdventureQuest” and “Dragon Fable.” Unfortunately, one downside to these games is that some of them require a paid membership in order to access special privileges, but this downside is dwarfed by the amount of content already available to players. On the other hand, new console games often have prices that skyrocket to $50, which is an appealing factor that PC games do not have.

While popular games such as Ubisoft’s “Assassin’s Creed” series and Activision’s “Call of Duty” series are still available for it, there are no shortages of games that are made exclusively for the PC. Blizzard’s “StarCraft” series, “League of Legends” and “World of Warcraft” are all examples of games that were made just for PC gamers. With a wide variety of games to pick from, those who play on the computer can pick the exact kind of game to fit their needs.

PC games are here to stay, but then again, why would they ever need to leave?