Thursday, May 14, 2009

Avalanche Hits PC Charts

One thing I've noticed over the past couple of years is that, with the rise of powerful consoles, the PC game rack at my local Fry's Electronics has grown considerably smaller. This makes me a bit sad, as I recently upgraded my gaming rig with one of NVidia's most powerful cards.

The first thing I did when I got my PC was to finally see what Bioshock was all about, which, when run at maximum settings on a PC puts both the XBox 360 and PS3 versions to utter shame. Upon completing the game, I wanted another awesome PC title to try out, but the utter lack of variety on the shelf left me cold.

Crysis, Left 4 Dead, Fallout 3, Spore....all of these titles I'd already played. Apparently, the rest of the PC gamers out there are feeling the same thing, as I noticed that Blizzard Entertainment has swamped the PC sales charts with six products in the top 20! Besides being a testament to the excellence of Blizzard games, it also serves to show that there just haven't been any huge PC releases out in a while. To this end, I'm anxious to see what E3 is going to have in store.

What's incredible is that the Diablo 2 and Starcraft Battle Chests are still best-sellers. Both are amazing games, but I remember buying Starcraft more than a decade ago. Perhaps this should come as no surprise, seeing that the game is the unofficial pastime of the nation of Korea, but still....

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