Straight to the point, forget about WIndows store, Window Phone 8 and Windows 8 tablets for a minute. I have a medium of level of game programming knowledge using C++ and Direct X, so my question is, Is games for the PC's even relevant anymore? Can I still target the PC market and make games people will enjoy without using the likes of the Windows Store. Most games I see on there are really not that graphic intense. Say for instance I make a small shooter for a windows machine, compile it and get an .exe file, will this still be able to run on WIndows 8 machines.
I use to sit for hours in a day learning game programming using C++, never really got anywhere with it and decided to move on to mobile, being Android, and although I like the idea of making little apps and getting the results out quicker, self publishing, I really am not to keen on Java when it come to games programming.
So basically I want to know is if the market and want is still kicking for PC games, with traditional C++. SInce I struggled to learn it.