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"Red Faction: Armageddon"   (Source: videogamesblogger.com)
Company sees PC as "the most variable"

Piracy has become a large worry in many areas of the entertainment industry. For instance, several film studios urged an Australian ISP to warn users against piracy of illegal movies. Another recent report stated that major record labels had to pay $45 million for pirating music. 

But movies and music are not the only victims of piracy. PC games have had a bit of a piracy issue themselves, with games like "Spore" becoming some of the most pirated PC games in history. In 2008, TorrentFreak listed "Spore" as the most downloaded PC game on BitTorrent with a download count of 1.7 million. "The Sims 2" was in second place with a download count of 1.15 million copies. In more recent months, games like "Dragon Age 2" and "Crysis 2" have been leaked onto torrent sites.

So with piracy hitting the PC game industry as well, many have questioned whether it is worth making PC versions of games anymore. But despite those who doubt the financial worth of PC games, there is one video game developer that still believes these games are important to the gaming industry.

"Some people say PC is dying. Some people say PC is the future," said Eric Barker, studio manager of video game developer Volition. "PC is the most variable, because it depends on what you've got under the hood. For us, the key thing was making sure the PC version was done in-house."

Barker is talking about the PC versions of Volition's "Saints Row: The Third" and "Red Faction: Armageddon," which are both due to be released in 2011. Barker has no doubt that the PC versions of both games will be worth the time and money needed to develop them.

"You should see [the PC version of 'Red Faction:Armageddon'], it looks absolutely beautiful," said Barker. "If you've got a great graphics card it looks fantastic. We definitely believe PC games are great and if they're done right and done well by a studio, they're phenomenal. There's a lot of debate and discussion. I can't predict the future, but I'm really happy with how 'Red Faction: Armageddon' looks on PC. It's beautiful."

"Saints Row 2" and "Red Faction: Guerrilla," the two previous versions of the upcoming games that were created by external studios, experienced quality issues with PC ports, which is why Barker was adamant about completing the new versions "in-house." Piracy is not something that'll keep him from creating excellent PC games for avid users. 

"I don't think [piracy] is something at the forefront for us," said Barker. "First and foremost, we want to make sure we're making a game people would want to pirate. 

"Let's make a game that's worth stealing, and then we'll worry about making sure they don't."


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RE: Chant it with me...
By PrinceGaz on 3/20/2011 9:06:21 PM , Rating: 2
Woah, that's going back a bit. A superb game in its day, but I think these days the X-universe is where that genre is at, or possibly Elite 4 which I believe is due to be released about ten years after Duke Nukem Forever finally goes on sale (assuming no further delays).


RE: Chant it with me...
By JoJoman88 on 3/21/2011 2:00:51 AM , Rating: 2
Freespace 2 was the best! I played X-wing,TIE fighter and many other space combat sims and Freespace 2 had them hands-down. The story, action and the mods made for that game couldn't be better at the time(it has been a while like 1999 or so). Impluse has added it to their downloads not to long ago. If it works on Win7,I might give it a try again.


RE: Chant it with me...
By Bubbacub on 3/21/2011 6:01:36 AM , Rating: 2
freespace sucked balls compared to original tiefighter + addons


RE: Chant it with me...
By callmeroy on 3/21/2011 9:51:08 AM , Rating: 2
I loved those space combat sim games...played Freespace (I and II) ...but my fav of that genre was the Wing Commander series -- of which I bought (and played the heck out of) every game in the series...

Such a shame that genre all but died now....


RE: Chant it with me...
By Akrovah on 3/21/2011 11:05:25 AM , Rating: 2
Wing Commander was the sniz back in the day. X-Wing/Tie Fighter were games games, as was the Freespace series, but I loved the much more personal story of the Wing Commander games. But then we got the half-hearted Secrect Ops. Such a let down after the semi-decent start for a new crew Prophecy gave us.

Ah memories. But that said, as the article is focusing on Volition...FREESPACE! FREESPACE!...


RE: Chant it with me...
By Akrovah on 3/21/2011 11:09:24 AM , Rating: 3
I kind of view the X series and Elite as an almost separate genre. Freespace, Wing Commander, and the X-Wing/Tie series were all specifically combat focuses. You were part fo the military and they sent you out on combat missions, whereas X and Elite were free exploration games that just also happened to be flight sims. Oh and they had a story you could follow, if you chose to.

Its kind of like comparing Doom to the current Fallout games. Sure at the surface they are both first person shooters, but the underlying game type is radically different.


RE: Chant it with me...
By MrBlastman on 3/21/2011 2:46:19 PM , Rating: 2
Elite 4 is already out--it is called Evochron Legends and Evochron Mercenaries. Look them up, they have everything in them that made Elite great PLUS Track IR support.

Yes, you can land on planets and take off from them, seamlessly transitioning from atmosphere to space.


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