John Romero says "PC is decimating console" through free-to-play | PCGamesN

Far Cry 4's "Escape from Durgesh Prison" DLC to hit in January; will feature perma-death

Strap in: the 2014 Steam Holiday Sale has officially launched; here's all the best offers

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number comitted to a 2015 release; also coming in vinyl form

John Romero says "PC is decimating console" through free-to-play

Ghost Recon Commander: a free-to-play game by Romero-run Loot Drop.

The PC is making the consoles its bitch. Or so onetime Doom designer John Romero would have us believe.

“With PC you have free-to-play and Steam games for five bucks,” said Romero. “The PC is decimating console, just through price. Free-to-play has killed a hundred AAA studios.”

Romero’s last PC game was the free-to-play Ghost Recon Commander. Eventually, he reckons, the model’s going to lose its stigma.

“People will settle into [the mindset] that there is a really fair way of doing it, and the other way is the dirty way,” he told GamesIndustry. “Hopefully that other way is easily noticeable by people and the quality design of freemium rises and becomes a standard. 

“That’s what everybody is working hard on. People are spending a lot of time trying to design this the right way. They want people to want to give them money, not have to. If you have to give money, you're doing it wrong.”

Free and cheap games are a modern advantage the PC has over the consoles. But some of the reasons Romero prefers the PC are old favourites.

“The problem with console is that it takes a long time for a full cycle,” he said. “With PCs, it’s a continually evolving platform, and one that supports backward compatibility, and you can use a controller if you want; if I want to play a game that’s [made] in DOS from the ‘80s I can, it’s not a problem. 

“You can't do that on a console. Consoles aren’t good at playing everything. With PCs if you want a faster system you can just plug in some new video cards, put faster memory in it, and you’ll always have the best machine that blows away PS4 or Xbox One."

Do you see yourself coming around to free-to-play anytime soon? Last year, BioWare reported that Star Wars: The Old Republic’s free to play option was bringing in thousands of new players every day.

Login or Register
1
+1
-0
avatar
82

I just hate the word free-to-play. It's like curse word to me. The companies have really dragged the word through the dirt and beyond. It used to mean something much nicer than today. When I see it, I just wonder what imaginative ways they can gouge money from people.

Just because something is free does not mean it's good. Talking about games and f2p it's usually quite the opposite!

Personally I don't like mobas like lol and dota2, the community is so toxic. It has nothing to do with them being f2p tho, but it sure attracts all kinds of scum. As for planetside 2, I don't like it at all, I prefer the original one. It was just more fun and had a much better battle rank system. Obviously the same system wouldn't have worked in a f2p so they had to... "change" it to make some money. You can't run a game for FREE because then you don't make any money!

1
+1
-0
Empyre's picture
146

I certainly again with you about certain free to play pricing models. Two games that come to mind are Warthunder and World of Tanks, where they have people paying a monthly fee and then adding "Premium" extras while asking for more cash on top of your subcription.

1
+1
-0
Dog Pants's picture
1057

I'm already round to free-to-play. Dota 2 and Planetside 2 are two of the best games I've played in years, both are free to play, neither are compromised by their business model. It's taken a while for companies to start to find the right balance, and so a lot of people are still quite rightly cynical, but now that we can see it being done properly we can blame the company when it's done badly, not the model.

1
+1
-0
Shriven's picture
1815

Romero, the Keith Moon of PC.


Alienware - Game VictoriousTurtle Beach
Strap in: the 2014 Steam Holiday Sale has officially launched; here's all the best offers

Steam

Strap in: the 2014 Steam Holiday Sale has officially launched; here's all the best offers

Far Cry 4's

Far Cry 4's "Escape from Durgesh Prison" DLC to hit in January; will feature perma-death

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number comitted to a 2015 release; also coming in vinyl form

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number comitted to a 2015 release; also coming in vinyl form

Evolve demonstrates new

Evolve demonstrates new "Wraith" monster with an interactive trailer

Planetside 2 update adds activatable knives and spitfire auto-turrets for engineers

Planetside 2 update adds activatable knives and spitfire auto-turrets for engineers

Prison Architect Alpha 28 declutters the interface and fixes wandering doctors

Prison Architect Alpha 28 declutters the interface and fixes wandering doctors

The 100 Best Minecraft Skins

Minecraft

The 100 Best Minecraft Skins

Minecraft: Story Mode is an episodic adventure series from Telltale Games

Minecraft: Story Mode is an episodic adventure series from Telltale Games

Toybox Turbos is getting third-person Oculus Rift mode that looks gorgeous

Toybox Turbos is getting third-person Oculus Rift mode that looks gorgeous

Verdun’s celebrating Christmas with a truce between the trenches

Verdun’s celebrating Christmas with a truce between the trenches

Deck 13 are in preproduction of Lords of the Fallen 2

Deck 13 are in preproduction of Lords of the Fallen 2

Depth’s Big Catch update pits you against a prehistoric shark

Depth’s Big Catch update pits you against a prehistoric shark

Topic of the Week: What games do you play on your laptop?

Topic of the Week

Topic of the Week: What games do you play on your laptop?

Wintersday returns to Guild Wars 2; help Toymaker Tixx spread some festive cheer

Wintersday returns to Guild Wars 2; help Toymaker Tixx spread some festive cheer

Give yourself a pat on the back: Humble Bundle has raised over $50 million dollars for charity

Give yourself a pat on the back: Humble Bundle has raised over $50 million dollars for charity

World of Warplanes gets invaded by giant snowmen and UFOs in new winter game mode

World of Warplanes gets invaded by giant snowmen and UFOs in new winter game mode

Brave the woes of This War of Mine in your own childhood treehouse with update 1.2

Brave the woes of This War of Mine in your own childhood treehouse with update 1.2

The best Dota 2 Heroes for beginners

The best Dota 2 Heroes for beginners

Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon review

Warhammer 40K: Armageddon

Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon review

Saitek’s Farming Simulator controller is a racing wheel with knobs on. Actual knobs!

Saitek’s Farming Simulator controller is a racing wheel with knobs on. Actual knobs!

The Steam controller's design has been updated again. This time with a D Pad

The Steam controller's design has been updated again. This time with a D Pad

Trove’s Snowfest fills the voxel world with Christmas festivity

Trove’s Snowfest fills the voxel world with Christmas festivity

Grand Theft Auto 5 trailer shows multiplayer heists with big loot prizes

Grand Theft Auto 5 trailer shows multiplayer heists with big loot prizes

Steam gifts and trades from Russia have been stopped due to Ruble currency crash

Steam gifts and trades from Russia have been stopped due to Ruble currency crash