Weekend tech reading: EA to launch PC gaming campaign?

By on January 23, 2011, 3:06 PM
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Nima304 said:

Amazing. This is the first time I've read most of the articles in Weekend Tech Reading. I love it!

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

lol, like Hu really cares about anything that Obama says... Much less Ballmer. The Chinese are laughing at us right now, and have been for a very long time.

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Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

EA to launch PC gaming campaign? Right, and then I hear things like Crysis 2 Xbox 360-only demo (published by EA).

yRaz yRaz said:

Julio said:

EA to launch PC gaming campaign? Right, and then I hear things like Crysis 2 Xbox 360-only demo (published by EA).

I completely agree with you, but the main appeal of crysis 2 is the graphics. You can't show off graphics on the 360 so It's like they aren't releasing a demo at all. I bet they know they've already created a fan base that will buy the game regardless. They want to extend that fan base to the console market.

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

yRaz said:

Julio said:

EA to launch PC gaming campaign? Right, and then I hear things like Crysis 2 Xbox 360-only demo (published by EA).

I completely agree with you, but the main appeal of crysis 2 is the graphics. You can't show off graphics on the 360 so It's like they aren't releasing a demo at all. I bet they know they've already created a fan base that will buy the game regardless. They want to extend that fan base to the console market.

I don't know what's worse, you defending EA or EA not release demos (yeah, it's not only Crysis 2) for PC.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

A terrific collection of techno-nerd articles - you guys do a great job of putting these together each Sunday. The EA article definitely lends itself to doubt. EA has played both sides of the swing for 4-5 years now. Let's see what they really end up doing (which as far as PC gamers are concerned basically amounts to "how much will you pay me?" .

yRaz yRaz said:

Lawfer said:

yRaz said:

Julio said:

EA to launch PC gaming campaign? Right, and then I hear things like Crysis 2 Xbox 360-only demo (published by EA).

I completely agree with you, but the main appeal of crysis 2 is the graphics. You can't show off graphics on the 360 so It's like they aren't releasing a demo at all. I bet they know they've already created a fan base that will buy the game regardless. They want to extend that fan base to the console market.

I don't know what's worse, you defending EA or EA not release demos (yeah, it's not only Crysis 2) for PC.

I'm not defending them, that's just what/why I think is happening.

fpsgamerJR62 said:

It's best to judge EA by the company's actions from this point going forward. If they really are committed to PC gaming, then we'll find out in next 11 months.

Relic Relic, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

fpsgamerJR62 said:

It's best to judge EA by the company's actions from this point going forward. If they really are committed to PC gaming, then we'll find out in next 11 months.

I agree, EA has been slowly doing good by us PC gamers and I am definitely interested to see what they have up their sleeve. But it's still hard to forget all the dumb stuff they've done, especially when they continue with things like exclusive console demo's like Julio points out.

Guest said:

Oh you mean like how great of a job they've done with NFS Hot Pursuit on the PC....that people with serious gaming rigs are getting console like framerates, at launch Quad core systems crashed when loading a race, etc, etc,. And nevermind the fact that they just released a patch for retail boxed games...without sending one to Steam last week that has effectively halved the online gaming community due to version incompatabilities and it's not an autopatch so the compatability issue is even worsened.

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