November 1st, 2010
Ken Levine is a great game designer. He's also a great writer.
In a guest column entitled "The Future of PC Gaming,' Levine argues that the PC is a safe haven for risk-taking game designers. "The PC is the place where great game developers are born, even—and maybe especially—where great console game developers are born," he says, referring to Halo, Mass Effect, Call of Duty and others, which were first developed on PC.
He also says PC developers don't have to jump through as many corporate hoops to get their games published, resulting in more innovative games. "Magic can happen when there are no middle men, no marketers, and no naysayers," he says. (Amnesia anyone?)
He concludes, "When it comes down to it, as a gamer, I'm a PC... If you want to know the future of gaming, buy a PC. And pay attention. Because above all, that thing on your desk is a crystal ball."
Words to live by.