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Good News, Microsoft Really Serious About Windows Games Now

For the nth time, Microsoft is announcing that it’s really serious about PC gaming. Really about the best thing that could happen to PC gaming is for Microsoft to leave it alone. The motivation this time is that years and years too late, Microsoft suddenly got interested in the Steam model. So after feeding off PC gaming, trying to destroy it in order to move gamers to its own closed XBox system, saddling PC gamers with its Games for Windows crap, Microsoft is taking another whack at it. Which is why Fable III is coming out for PC.

Cue news stories announcing that PC gaming is back. Newsflash, PC gaming never went anywhere. Magazines have declared PC gaming alive and dead over and over again. But PC gaming never left. It has a huge core audience. And its great strength is that most people already have the system to play games and its flexibility means you can play a wide variety of games way beyond what mobile or console platforms can accommodate, technologically and by design. That means everything from FPS to RTS to RPG to TBS and beyond.

Microsoft tried to destroy PC gaming because it saw no real value in it, because there was no competition. And Microsoft couldn’t make money from every company. Now it’s looking at the Steam model again. And it’s doomed to blow it. Because while PC gaming may mean Windows boxes mainly, it doesn’t have to. PC gaming began with the IBM PC. Because of its flexibility and power. Windows or no Windows, that’s what the PC still has. It’s what closed systems, whether they come from Nintendo, Microsoft or Apple don’t.

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