On more than one occasion, I find myself excited about the release of a new game. Take Assassin's Creed II, for example. I rush out to Best Buy, maneuver through the thicket of 12 year old boys crowded around the Guitar Hero display and finally arrive at the small, single aisle devoted to Turbo Tax and PC games.
Of course, I never find the PC version of the game I want on the shelves on the release day. So I usually pull over an employee and ask him to check for it in the back, only to find moments later that the PC version of the game won't be coming out until four months from now. What?!
Why do we true origin gamers have to wait for our games? Not only was the first game ever made designed for the PC, but the PC also holds a superior graphics card, cpu, controls, and screen. To top it off, it can do more than just run games and play CDs.
PC will always be better than any other Platform. It doesn't break down in three years, and when you begin to fall behind on the latest hardware, you can pull out the old stuff and stick in the new. You don't see people rushing home to play World of Warcraft on their WII or PS3.
Any Console gamer worth his salt owns a PC, but not every PC gamer owns a Console.
Therefore, it makes economic sense to release PC games first..Console gamers would buy it for their PC because they just can't wait. PC gamers would buy it because it's the only gaming system they have.
Look at the Sims 1, 2, and 3 releases for a case in point. The PC version came first and every Console player ran out and bought the PC version. A couple of months later EA came out with the Console version and the Console players ran out and got the game again. EA made money. Twice.
Now, some may argue that making games for the Console is easier. That may be true, but I know that once you have a Console game, it doesn't take months to convert it to a PC. I've seen hackers switch an Xbox game to the PC in a few weeks and they don't even have the original source code.
Maybe companies drag out the time between the Console and PC versions because they think they'll make more money longer. I can guarantee that that's a dumb idea. In three or four months, PC gamers may lose interest. Months later, the game has already been played, reviewed, and talked about on boards. New games are out. I'll want the new ones and might even forget about the older ones. Hello, Ubisoft. You've just lost market share.
After reading this, Console players may bring their wrath down upon me. I grant them permission to jump on their PS3 or Xbox and write me hate mail. Oh, that's right. You don't have a keyboard.