Since multiplexes have fully open backs and film distributors have reduced the hybrid streaming / theater strategy, modern cinema has a twist. The audience is not returning to the theater in large numbers for various reasons. From ticket price increases to everything related to the movie experience, the rise of Oscar-winning movies from streaming platforms like Netflix and AppleTV +, there is little incentive now.
This is why film studios are attracted to intellectual features such as established franchises, remakes / reboots and adaptations of comic books. Of course, Legendary filmmakers like Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola To overcome the lack of original storytelling with significant budgets using the popularity of Marvel Cinematic Universe. Modern console and PC gaming have gone into the same argument, even some of the best PC games sometimes go for the same storytelling for content.
New IPs with a budget anywhere near AAA are very few and far between in the last decade. Take a look at the 2021 highest-earning games, the top ten was Literally exclusive to sequels and reboots. The original IP doesn’t start showing up to number 13, including the decade-old Minecraft, with Back 4 Blood (the spiritual successor of the Left 4 Dead) in 18th place. In 2020, Cyberpunk 2077 was the only non-sequel to top ten and is adapted from a pen-and-paper RPG.
This year looks a little different for big-budget AAA titles (although the Elden Ring, though full of original elements, is still a FromSoftware “Soulsborne” title, with the relentless success of Elden Ring as well as upcoming releases like Forspoken and Starfield). However, these are further exceptions to the norm. When it comes to PC gaming in particular, big-budget AAA exclusives don’t make as much sense for developers as they used to. This is because the platform has continued its reputation as an experimental playground for all budget makers.
PCs are great for indie developers with new ideas
Outside of third-party AAA games, with the first day release in Microsoft Game Pass and the ports of later life of Sony PlayStation Exclusive, PC gaming still exists in its own world.
It starts with indie developers at heart. As The Batman and Doctor Strange and The Multiverse of Madness have become the biggest box office movie events of the year, there is still plenty of room for acclaimed indie films like Everything, Everywhere Once Upon a Time.
For every Elden Ring, Horizon Forbidden West, and Halo Infinite, there are plenty of super-popular games on a small budget, from Sable to Loop Hero. Steam alone, 90 percent of the games available on Steam are from indie developers and less than half of digital store sales Indy headlines as reported.
Interestingly, the data further showed that indie games currently make up 30 percent of the active user base, so if. Recent YouGov Surveys It also shows that indie games for PC, as well as consoles, are the only type of casual and gaming enthusiast to watch year after year.
The only place to get really good VR gaming is PC
Virtual reality has finally gained mainstream acceptance because of the freedom to develop on PC. Before Facebook (now Meta) released the standalone Oculus Go and later the VR headset’s quest line, the Rift was just a matter of PC. Although the rift line was closed, valve indicators and HTV Viv headsets still exist for the niche market.
The Oculus Link even allows PC gamers to attach Quest headsets to their rigs. Someone called now VR is a “paradise for indie developersBeat Saber maker Beat Games was a check-based indie studio before the popular Rhythm game, now a part of Meta.
On the AAA side of things, the current benchmark for the big budget VR experience is Half Life: Alex. EA even tried to revive the Medal of Honor franchise with a big budget PC VR game but the reception was at best dull. While top-tier developers have abandoned VR or are waiting to see what Sony will offer with the PSVR2, Indy has maintained a steady stream of experimental releases.
eSports is an irresistible PC affair
Probably the biggest reason PC gaming doesn’t require big tentpole releases like consoles is because the platform effectively runs the entire sports industry.
With an ever-increasing value of 8 1.8 billion, the current form of competitive gaming is the largest on PC. With a clear focus on the multiplayer experience, these games receive constant updates that can last for years. Of course, the competitive side where money is involved will definitely encourage many participants, however, there are many who just want to enjoy the game.
PC makes gaming Top ten games with the biggest prize purse. Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Fortnite, League of Legends, and Arena of Valor require a competitive vein.
By the way, Dota 2 had a prize pool of over $ 40 million at last year’s 10 international tournaments. Fortnite leaves with a minimum of $ 50,000 to reach the World Cup final and an overall winner of $ 3 million.
There is an idea of the history of PC gaming that consoles simply do not
In addition to the abundance of sports, VR or indie games, PCs by default are better for storing games.
For those who may have an original multi-CD copy of Star Wars: Nights of the Old Republic or the original Doom on Floppy, much can be done with an external disk drive. Last year around The Matrix Resurrection campaign, I was in the mood to play Enter the Matrix.
Finding a ten dollar copy and a cheap external DVD drive on Amazon, I was able to run it on my rig without any problems. This led to a rabbit hole playing some old PC games that I kept in the closet from Need for Speed Underground 2 to the original Call of Duty. And we’re not even talking about emulation that works better than Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo for preserving gaming history, albeit in its own homebrew, pirate way.
The huge exclusive AAA moments of PC gaming are long gone and it’s perfectly fine. This is because as gaming has become more mainstream, the reasons for people’s games on PC have changed. Some want to play the latest title that pushes their hardware to the maximum – others want to practice longer for the next Dota tournament.
In the meantime, indie developers have succeeded in creating games that don’t require a lot of razor-sharpening – just unique gameplay or innovative storytelling. Over the past few decades, the gaming industry has sought to legitimize video games as an art form that rivals cinema. When it comes to PC gaming, that artistic acceptance seems rather ancient.