Microsoft has announced its plans to launch a new video game called Viva Piñata, which translates to ‘long live the Viva Piñata’ for its Xbox 360. Microsoft hopes to attract more U.S. Hispanic consumers since this consumer group has increased its spending, which is up 300% since 1990 and now averages $863 billion annually.
But what caught my eye about this announcement was that the game will only be available for the Xbox 360 and not the PC. This seems to be following a trend in gaming software that could isolate the PC from gaming altogether or curtail the use of the PC as a gaming device.
I’m a first person shooter type of guy. Two of my favorite games are Call of Duty and Call of Duty 2. And normally my kids know at Christmas time that Dad will want the latest and greatest FPS game. So when I saw that Call of Duty 3 was going to be released in time for Christmas, I made a mental note to myself to pass this information on to the kids.
To make sure that I get the correct game, I always go to Amazon and send the link for my Christmas wish to the kids. Over to Amazon I go only to find that there is no version for the PC. Call of Duty 3 is available for the Xbox 360, Xbox, PS3, and Wii only. (Nintendo’s new console Wii is pronounced "We" in case you were interested.)
Then I took a look at another new release by Microsoft called ‘Gears of War.’ I had heard rumors that it would be coming to the PC. But those rumors have been declared false, and that it will only be available for the Xbox 360.
Only time will tell if this trend will continue and if the PC as a gamers delight will have a short future. I certainly hope that this is not the case.
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