When Blizzard released Diablo 3. Uninspired soundtrack, awful story, watered down art style and atmosphere, inclusion of the auction house.
Absolutely agreed. Diablo 3 was what made me decide never to spend money on a single other Blizzard product ever again, no matter what it is, or how good it looks. I just felt so ripped off, moreso than WoW ever made me feel way back in the day.
Man, just a straight "yes" or "no" answer is all that is necessary. Don't put words in our mouths; "most amazing indie games ever made" or "not interested", as if there's no middle ground.
I played it for a few hours, thought it was cool but haven't played or really thought about it since. Now that I'm asked, yeah I'd be interested to see a quicklook if they want to put one out, but I certainly don't think it's one of the "best indie games ever made". Melee combat felt a bit too clunky, as if the collision detection was a little off, and the mobs sometimes didn't feel like they reacted enough to getting hit. This probably comes from playing loads of Titan Quest way back in the day.
@guesty_01: That point can be turned around. The PC also has platform exclusives and the biggest back catalogue by far, including backward compatibility concerning current-gen console exclusives when the emulators inevitably come out after a few years once the tech allows. How you make decisions concerning spending your own money is up to you, but I personally would not let a handful of games that are only going to be available on one console sway me into parting with 400-500 quid. What happens when I've played them? I'm then left with the same old situation of an inferior piece of hardware playing inferior versions of the rest of the games at a higher price.
It just doesn't make sense to me.
Also to address the strawman argument you set up - I did not say graphical fidelity was the overriding concern, but in this day and age why settle for an inferior product and pay more for it? When you CAN have all the polygons and the framerate and the anti-aliasing and the hi-res texture packs etc for a very reasonable cost compared to the alternative, why settle for less? My favourite game of all time is Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup so I'm hardly a graphics whore, but given the options available, sticking with PC, for me, is a total no-brainer.
@razzdrazz: "Still, I'm super tempted to just save up a bit extra and build a new pc. My computer from 2006 just doesn't cut it anymore, especially in the living room..."
Do it, you absolutely won't regret it, and saving the small amount extra now, and priding yourself on having that little bit more patience than most in order to enable you to wait it out happily, will save you buckets of cash over the generation.
I'd be a fool to part with money for either one of these things when the PC I play games on is more powerful than either of them and the games come at a fraction of the price on Steam. I suspect many of the console manufacturer's potential customers are in a similar position due to them dragging out this generation so long. I am forced to predict both will suffer from exceedingly disappointing sales and it will cause a lot of people to experience varying degrees of schadenfruede when that happens. If the gap between PC and the next-gen consoles is already as notable as it is now, before they're even released, imagine what it will be like in a year or three.
It's going to be interesting to watch from the sidelines but if you're a player of computer games, you're already taken care of far better than either of these consoles have to potential to achieve. If it's advice you're after mine is this: If you have the money to spend on a gaming habit, spend it wiser. Don't buy either console, just upgrade your PC. You will have made your money back 10 times over in a year or so with the Steam sales (as well as the other DL services e.g. GoG and Amazon, but Steam is the main player) and you'll have so many games to choose from, all of which look and run better than their console counterparts, you'll not have enough hours to play them all.
Shit. That really sucks. The quicklooks and podcasts will never be the same. It's weird to say but I think I'll miss this man's voice more than I'd miss a few of the people I actually know in life (god forbid...)
Condolences, my thoughts are with you all, and Ryan's family.