It's hard to say PC is a leading platform though... in all honesty the rate of piracy on PC's compared to consoles is enormous is a problem and of course the costs. Parents that don't care about gaming are more likely to shell out $200 for an Xbox360 or PS3 compared to a decent gaming PC which is $800 and up. I mean, Andrack even admitted to piracy on this game which is shame on you cause it's that shit that's hurting PC gaming.
Piracy in PC gaming is slightly larger than consoles. Yes. Slightly. Lets take a look at these "leading Developers" on console and PC. EPIC games used to be PC exclusive, until they made a deal with Microsoft and released Gears of war as a XBOX360 exclusive. The game was also ported to PC. Problem with the port was that it was a near direct port. Lazy, sloppy, and nearly unplayable with the amount of bugs. Few people pirated it and created their own patches/mods for it. Cliff Blezinsky then turned to gaming media outlets and said the game failed due to the amount of piracy on PC and NOT because it was a shitty goddamned port and because of that its just not worth porting to PC.
Crysis, released in 2007, pincaccle of video games graphical technology. Sold 83k Copies in its first two weeks of launch and blamed lack of sales on piracy rather than the fact that not anyone had a bajillion dollars to blow on a new rig just o be able to run the damned thing. The promised they would never release a game as a PC exclusive again when they could make 5 times the sale on consoles. Which leads us to Crysis 2. Not even on the Steams top 15 list, or on the pirate bay top 100. Developers promised PC gamers they would have superior graphics to consoles with full DX11 support and then 3 weeks prior to launch they turned around and said they never said that. PC gamers felt shafted once again. One month later after release they released a dev tool kit patch for DX11. No one was interested, damage was done. Crytek turned around and blamed sales on piracy.
Remember that Big debacle over "From Dust" Ubisofts game for PC? It was promised to be DRM free. Sure enough launch day rolls around and its locked to hell with DRM. People started getting refunds for it and Ubisoft admitted they screwed up. They released a patch which removed the DRM but it was too late. Reason why it didn't sell well? Piracy. Only reason ever.
Honestly, why not pirate when we are treated as if we're stupid, being shit on, and told "you'll buy it anyways"? LOOK AT THIS
. This is a screenshot from the game "Darksiders". I thought it was a pretty good breakthrough game on consoles, and thought it would be cool to own on PC as well. So I purchased it again because I liked the Developers. This is what I got. Direct port, minimal effort slapped in my face piece of shit. I own a PS3 controller and use DS3 software to run it on my PC, because admittedly, beat em ups are terrible without a controller in hand. No AA, no windowed mode option, no ability to change keys (or even keys at that) or anything. oh and frames randomly dropped when I tried playing. How do I map right bumper to R1? Not possible. Totally pirating the next game that is released, and if it turns out to be good and we dont get shafted? I'll pay full price for it.
Fuck, seriously it does piss me off when PC's get the back-seat but in the end? I understand why bigger companies like id Software and Epic Games are focusing on consoles... their latest big success stories have been happening on consoles. Gears of War was massive on Xbox360 where-as PC eventually got Gears Of War 1 and 2 and 3 are missing.. same goes for Halo 1 which did good on PC but Halo 2 was a disaster... then again the shitty Vista requirement damaged it badly... would have preferred they skip to Halo 3 or just give us Halo Anniversary but we are not that lucky.
In the future though? I can see PC gaming making a comeback especially with the latest good efforts by ATi that I saw their CPU/GPU combos.
Its just the benefits MS offers to companies to produce games solely on that platform is all.
EDIT: I cannot source this information, and I could argue that PC is in fact a leading platform in this "war".
Edited by Dirge, 13 October 2011 - 11:53 PM.