Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 10th Apr 2009 09:57 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
Linux The advertisement wars are really heating up, with Microsoft going on the full assault against Apple with several TV advertisements, after Apple had been pounding the Redmond company with its "I'm a PC" campaign. Just as Microsoft published the third Laptop Hunters commercial, the Linux Foundation announced the winner of the "We're Linux" contest.
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StephenBeDoper
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2005-07-06

One thing that seemed odd about this latest ad: there didn't seem much mention of "Oh, look at all these games for the PC" and "There aren't many games for Mac". I know that plenty of games do get released for the Mac but AFAIK the PC is the gamers' choice still. I'm quite surprised they didn't emphasize this more, given gaming was mentioned.


For the last 5 years or so, it seems that computer gaming (be it PC or Mac) has been steadily dwindling & losing out to consoles - and I say that as someone who hasn't owned a console since the Genesis. It seems that the only big names left in PC gaming are Valve and Blizzard.

Admittedly, it's largely because consoles have become steadily more PC-like (starting with the Dreamcast). But (IMO) a large part of the success of the XBox line has been directly due to Microsoft deliberately cannibalizing the PC gaming market - buying up PC game dev. companies and "re-focusing" them on the XBox, or paying for exclusives.

Which is probably not something they want to focus attention on.

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DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

For the last 5 years or so, it seems that computer gaming (be it PC or Mac) has been steadily dwindling & losing out to consoles - and I say that as someone who hasn't owned a console since the Genesis. It seems that the only big names left in PC gaming are Valve and Blizzard.


Don't forget EA, Epic, Vivendi, ID Software, 3D Realms, and Microsoft. Those are all still pretty big names when it comes to gaming.

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StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

I should have been more specific: I meant companies that still focus primarily on PC games.

With id, I haven't seen anything from them since Doom 3 (other than a few mentions of "Rage"). 3D Realms - have they put out anything since Prey - back in 2006?

As for Microsoft, the only PC games I've from them lately are effectively ports of games - 2 or 3 years after they were released for the XBox.

Edited 2009-04-10 18:57 UTC

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