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Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Carmack: World Of Warcraft And The State Of PC Gaming
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 6 comments

In a recent interview with Gamasutra id Software's John Carmack once again discussed the state of PC gaming in an industry increasingly dominated by consoles. Carmack notes the PC's corner on the MMO market, citing World of Warcraft as the force driving game sales on the PC.

Historically, the real value of PC has been in connectivity, and in modificationÖ but the latest generation of consoles is encroaching on that territory with all the options youíve got on current consoles, the connectivity and the add-ons and things you can get there.

But on the other hand, if you look at whatís really successful on the PC -- like World Of Warcraft, thatís an insanely successful product. Itís like a train driving all the PC sales numbers altogether on gaming.

Just in terms of games that you sit down and play in the console mode, the PC probably doesnít have a huge amount of differentiation, and thatís unlikely to change.

But the different areas where the PC is still standing on its own is MMOs, and a lot of casual games are interesting, too. The people that sit down to play games are predominantly playing them on consoles -- at least, higher-end games -- but the PC still has a strong enough margin to make games, and we continue to support it.
For the rest of the interview click on the link provided below.

Gamasutra: WoW, The 'Train' Driving PC Gaming
id Software

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