It’s more a rant then a question. I’m currently on the final leg of publishing my first game product on the web. I learn a lot in the last years about the Video game industry: design & creation, programming technics and publishing (still some learning to do there).
Now I’m looking at different technology for my next game D&D RPG genre. So I’ve decided to use C++ with a graphic API but which one OPENGL or DIRECTX 11 NOOooo…. it’s not another one of which ones better, there are thousands of inconclusive rant on that on the web already , but more about the game market (see pie chart) .
A little bit of background I’m an avid PC gamer I always love the Keyboard and mouse over the Console gamepads for gaming mostly RTS (i.e. StarCraft, Mech Commander, Age of empire, Dawn of war) and RPG (i.e.Ultima1-8, Baldur’s gate, Titan Quest, Dragon age, diablo2-3…). Having tried Dragon age and Diablo 3 on console after playing them on PC I thought in my opinion the game were diminish by it, I don’t understand why they don’t support the Keyboard and mouse on the console yet? Maybe they‘re afraid it’s going to kill the laptop/PC I don’t know?
Ok getting to the point from what information I gather on the internet (I know the internet… Meh!). It seems like the GPUs are favoring DirectX over OpenGL. SO go whit DirectX RIGHT! Based on market shares Microsoft OS has the biggest audience potential. But the new PCs/Laptops are going to be delivered with Window 8 which wants to segregate all games through their store. OK THEN BE A REBEL and stick with OPENGL and go to Steam which in turn will segregate your game in their green light store.
Small indie developers like me sees Mega Corporations closing the game market more and more and pushing the console down our throat. Small caveat Microsoft buying Atari for a couple of billion and calling it an Indie game studio Grrrrr…. Indie qualifier should be with budget under 5M or something.
So I decided to go to the “Dark Side” the one whit the biggest market share.(DIRECTX 11 API)
Last Small caveat if console are taking over why every time I go to a game conference the PC side is always 4 times busier?
P.S. Might be totally off only 2 years in the business self-taught with books and internet J
Edited by GiroKa, 13 September 2013 - 05:28 AM.