Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Why Dice Only Want's to Show Off the PC Version of Battlefield 3

There is some kind of console brat-ism going on when it comes to Battlefield 3 that I don't understand. It seems developers can't win. A short while ago when Crisis 2 was released PC gamers complained that the graphics were held back or gimped due to console limitations since it was being released on consoles as well as PC. Now sort of the opposite is happening with Battlefield 3, console gamers are complaining that all the footage being shown in trailers has been PC only. What gives!?

Well this is all just baffling to me. It has long been common knowledge that PC's have always had more raw horsepower on their side, that is of course as long as we're talking about a PC as old or younger than this current generation of consoles. I thought it was always standard practice to advertise your product at it's best. Has something changed? Eurogamer spoke with DICE general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson about this console game angst and he had this to say.

“I have to say that this discussion is a bit over the top because people don’t understand that the PC is more powerful than a console – they haven’t looked under the hood and in detail. We always want to show a platform that we have chosen to be our lead platform. In this case we did choose PC as the lead platform; it’s the one that has been, mostly, driving development forward. That is the reason why we have spearheaded a lot of the key assets with this as well.”

Sounds like the obvious to me... When stories like this pop up I have to ask myself, "Are console gamers really that unaware or uneducated that the PC is a more powerful machine? Or are they just being selfish brats?" I guess it's impossible to please everyone all the time. All I know is, I'm going to have to upgrade my PC soon for Battlefield 3.

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