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Halo Wars – still planning to ship

Halo Wars – still planning to ship

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In case you haven’t heard, Ensemble Studios is shutting down after they ship Halo Wars.  This is a sad development for gamers everywhere but I guess it underscores the dominance of the special purpose gaming consoles over the desktop computer and gaming machine of the home.  Is this the beginning of the end for powerful home computers?  Who knows.  But when was the last time you considered a desktop over a laptop?

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  • Halo wars is an RTS and it isn't even for the PC. They deserve to shutdown. It isn't sad, it is happy!

  • Drat.  I forgot it was going to be an Xbox exclusive title.  With Ensemble closing I would imagine the chance for a PC port is slim to none.  Just echos the point.

  • Well, I hope PC gaming continues to grow. Half Life, Crysis, Call of Duty 4 and 2 were all best on the PCs. Real Time strategy cannot be beat on the PC either.

  • I don't know when the last time was that I considered a _laptop_.  Doing server admin and architecture at work, I am pretty much at one desk and have a quad-core desktop with multiple monitors.  A laptop hard drive would be way too slow.  At home I have a desktop media center PC, and another desktop for the home office.  I have a Windows Mobile phone for mobility tasks like email and simple web stuff.  I do have one older laptop which I mainly use at home when I want to remote desktop into something while sitting on the couch.  Otherwise, a laptop to me is too much weight and responsibility to carry around, and my computers at home and at work need to be doing things while I am not physically in front of them.

  • As a diehard PC Gamer, the PC is far from obselete as a gaming platform. Much more easily upgraded than a console, it continues to be the platform of choice for enthusiastic gamers. What's the install base for World of Warcraft? 10M subscribers per month, each paying $15 to play? That's a revenue stream of 150,000,000 million dollars per MONTH.

    Sad to see Ensemble go bye-bye, but I won't be moving to my XBOX360 as my primary gaming platform anytime soon.

    - Kai

  • I bet a lot of those WoW players are using laptops.  

    I think the percentage of people creating high end gaming machines is getting smaller all of the time.  Sure, there's still a market but not like there was before Xbox and Xbox 360.  A lot of folks gave up and jumped off the video card tread mill.

  • I think MS needs to wake up and see how they shot theirself into the foot by sidelining windows gaming to push the Xbox so much.

    The xbox is cool, but PC Gaming was a bread & butter market niche that microsoft had clamped down since EVERY game was made for windows.

    Thats fading away now.

  • So which had a more dramatic impact?  Lower cost laptops or game consoles?  Or both?  Or Apple?  Or Vista?

    Interesting set of circumstances, eh?

  • I think the biggest deterrent to Laptop vs. Desktop adoption for gaming is screen size. Until someone develop a laptop with a screen that "folds out" to a bigger size, I'll always choose my desktop as my primary gaming platform.

    That being said, I do play on my laptop when I travel....which we know is frequent. Hooking up my desktop sitting on the plane is a hassle. :)

    - Kai

  • MS pushed windows gaming aside and focused on the Xbox almost exxlusively.

    We can see that in where they have released 2-3 times as many Xbox titles as PC titles in the past few years, and how they took Ensemble Studioes (one of if not THE greatest PC RTS game company) and forced them to do Console work.

    PC gaming is much better on a desktop. You can run it more affordably, more comfortably, and more ergonomically.

    Plus a desktop runs better than a laptop with identical specs. Not sure why, just always noticed better performance with a desktop.

  • I've never owned a desktop system. At one time I owned an XBox but it started artifacting as games became more complex.

    Back on target, I love the computer games but absolutely abhore the intrusive nature of DRM used to control PC users.

    To this day, I refuse to buy anything made by Sony, and they make nice things.

  • As the economy worsens, people will be looking for ways to save.  Folding home computing and gaming functions into the same box - a pc - will make more and more sense.  They will be less and less willing to drop 300 + accessories + games + networking fees for a console. Consoles will be competing for dollars used to upgrade TV sets when everything goes digital.  Getting more computer for less money will also push people to a desktop rather than a laptop or some flavor of Apple.