PC gaming has been such a great gateway drug for folks getting into both gaming, but more importantly the technology behind it. Rides will always be pimped no matter what the medium and PCs were a great platform for inspiring our inner engineers while they built out their leet boxen.
Some day soon, Nvidia’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang is going to walk on stage at some obscure electronics industry event and say these words: “We love PC gaming. Our heritage is in 3D gaming hardware. And that’s why we’re more excited than ever to announce we’re never making another gaming video card again.”
Sound like a doomsday scenario? Then you might be a PC game tinkerer.
There are two types of PC gamers. Firstly, there are people who love PC gaming because of all the fantastic things PC games have that their console or mobile games do not: a complex, precise interface; the ability to easily extend game experiences with modifications both official and otherwise; an incredible wealth of indie and experimental games; and the best graphics and sound experience a normal human being can buy.
Then there are the gamers who like the PC because they mistake tinkering with hardware from a couple of dozen of vendors—all of whom get their silicon from three giant corporations—as some sort of engineering, despite that it’s more or less electric LEGO for masochists. These tinkerers are holding back PC gaming hardware—and that includes the very benchmark by which they gauge themselves: graphics performance.
OnLive and the IPTV is going to drastically change the landscape of ALL things digital. It will transform the way people interact with social media, TV shows, films, games and the web in general.
I personally believe that the PC will end up as the ‘Fork Lift Truck’ of digital interaction and use. In short, the PC will shrink in popularity and usage; catering for a niche market of power users (developers and die hard PC fans mainly).
The general population will switch to the ‘family van’ central hub (most likely TV) for all their digital needs. It’s the Fischer Price digital devices that rule the day. The simple, easy to use and easy to access products. The simplification of FRONT end digital media, removing all barriers of entry.
It won’t be long before you will seen Valve themselves on IPTV. Turning what is currently a PC only service to a platform that is accessible via peoples central ‘family van’ TV hub.
p.s: A question I don’t see discussed much with regards to the decline of the PC is ‘What form of input devices will prevail?’ Does everyone want to be jumping around to move Mario in a future Mario game(Image capturing devices)? Or do they want virtual keyboards and touch based cursor control (smartphones/tablets)?
The keyboard, mouse and joystick have been with us for decades it’s hard to imagine a life with out them. Yes they can be wireless now, but would we want to have a wireless keyboard, mouse and joystick snuggling up next to the TV remote?
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