In today's Gamasutra feature, we look at the state of the PC game market with three of the industry's top analysts: Wedbush Morgan's Michael Pachter, Screen Digest's Ed Barton, and DFC Intelligence's David Cole.
The question posed for the analysts was:
"What is your general take on the PC games market? Is it healthy, in trouble, becoming irrelevant to the bigger picture of the gaming industry, or flat-out confused right now? For example, there seems to be growing interest by PC game developers for online content distribution (a la Valve's Steam) and MMOs -- essentially leaning away from selling a boxed product.
There has been recent hubbub by some PC game developers that one of the reasons why they are interested in developing for the consoles is to stave losses from piracy. Is piracy truly a big problem for growth in the PC gaming sector?"
You can now read the full Gamasutra feature on the topic
, with the analysts' individual takes on the state of the biz, piracy, and the imminent release of Microsoft Vista (no registration required, please feel free to link to this feature from external websites).