I got the bad news today at a local GameStop. Even though Diablo 3 and Guild Wars 2 are coming out for PC on DVD boxset, most PC Publishers are moving towards downloads (iso images). The DVD media and case may be in the past. Consoles will remain the platform of choice. Even though videocards contributed to this, the Gamespot clerk said they want to use their PC for only web surfing. In the next year or so, PC games will look like the Commodore Amiga 4000 looks like in 1998…kind of dead or last stage of dieing.
Perhaps Wii U, Xbox 720 and Playstation 4 will put the final nail in the computer gaming. Diablo 3, World of Warcraft and Guild Wars 2 will be the last popular games on PC according to the Gamestop clerk.
The handeheld platforms like 3DS feel like the early 1990s. The Playstation Vita appears to be acting as a Sega Game Gear lagging far behind the Gameboy. Gamepark Corporation felt that the GP2x Caanoo is their last handheld.
My ex-friends have stopped playing Everquest 2 and World of Warcraft in late 2008 to show that PC gaming is really dieing. He ended with a Radeon HD X1600 in his PC in 2008.