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Command Prompt Podcast, Episode 54

by KirePDX in GamesJuly 28th, 2009 @ 10:35 pm

Command PromptCommand Prompt spends most of its hour answering the evergreen question: is PC gaming dead?  Sparked by a recent article from IGN Australia, the PC crew is quick to defend the platform and look to the future.  Not surprisingly, MMO’s come up a lot.

Staci Krause was at the BioWare panel for The Old Republic at Comic-Con and came back disappointed that they didn’t share any new details.  At this point, BioWare has dropped a lot of hints, but provided very few facts about the game so the question comes up: did BioWare announce it too early? Staci also talks briefly about City of Hero’s upcoming expansions, and Steve Butts shares his enthusiasm for Champions Online, which will have a public beta opening soon.

The question of PC gaming’s future comes up every year or so, and the group looks to the success of digital distribution systems like Steam, the success of MMO subscriptions and microtransactions models, and the openness of the platform to prove the market is still vibrant.  They do worry that PC developers are potentially too focused on MMO’s, but feel that the platform will balance itself out.

Covered games and topics: Modern Warfare 2, City of Hero’s, Bioware, Champions Online, The Old Republic, Matrix Online, Is PC gaming dead?, microtransactions, digital distribution, MMO’s, WoW

It’s Steve’s birthday today, and he decided to celebrate it by coming out to the West Coast and hanging out with us in our luxurious offices. Yes, we’re that exciting. And this week, we discuss the Modern Warfare 2 branding flap, the news that Sam Raimi is directing the Warcraft movie, and then we devolve into a huge discussion about the future of the PC.

We had to hurry a bit this week because the PlayStation guys are busy hogging the podcast room because it’s episode 100 for them. We, on the other hand, have 46 more to go before we hit that mark, but we’re on our way. We do read the comments that are posted below. And we do ask some of the questions, as well. So if you’ve got a burning question for us, or you want to get something off of your chest, then post it below.

Runtime – 56:36

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