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I'm thinking relative to gsp business.

I have been around the internet since 1993 (showing my age) I started hosting games in 1997. Since then many games have come and gone but I notice that the younger generation seem to be more interested in console games.

We have specialised Over the last few years in flight sim servers and then only a handful. I think flightsims will always be around because a good flight sim just cant be matched with a console, but many of the other games can, and it seems the publishers are losing interest in pc games.

So what do you guys think?

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I'm thinking relative to gsp business.

I have been around the internet since 1993 (showing my age) I started hosting games in 1997. Since then many games have come and gone but I notice that the younger generation seem to be more interested in console games.

We have specialised Over the last few years in flight sim servers and then only a handful. I think flightsims will always be around because a good flight sim just cant be matched with a console, but many of the other games can, and it seems the publishers are losing interest in pc games.

So what do you guys think?

Personally can't see it lasting long unless your a big GSP (GameServers the main one).

Xbox, PS3 gaming is becoming more and more "busier" iv'e noticed this myself (I have xbox 360, ps3, wii and PC) and I play on my xbox the most.

For example: GTA4 on pc = hardly anyone plays on it, dead servers etc.

GTA4 on xbox 360 = busier, more servers with more players online over all the game modes.

Just how I see it.

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The only problem with the really big gsp's is they are expensive to run with massive overheads.

I bet there will be a lot of the big companies go bust in the next 5 years.

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I think that everything will be computerized, there will be flying cars and there will be many innovations.

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game servers - most small gsp could possibly be dead (depending on how many years your asking) however the big gsp will always be there.

Especially when you notice tons of restrictions such as license approval from EA, what Activision pulled for black ops (1 GSP only..however hopefully mw3 will be for everyone).

Not only that but most games companies are starting to provide their own servers depending on the games like: WoW, League of Legends, HoN, Starcraft (p2p), CS-O, Diablo 3, all those Koreans Free MMO/FPS games, etc. However I can still see this for many upcoming games. It's possible CS:go might even be running off Valve only but we won't know yet since I haven't seen any 100% facts about "dedicated servers" besides what i've seen that Valve will be hosting ranked servers but there will be "files for people who wants to run their own server" (possibly unranked). Other games that are small and can be run from the local computer of the users as well such as: borderland, dead island, etc.

Console games are getting better and the cost of having a console is cheaper than buying/building a gaming computer. So you do see majority of gamers switching to console due to the cost and games that are exclusive to certain console such as: Halo, Uncharted, etc.

However time will tell... I do see web-hosting / dedicated servers alive though since we will always need those.

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Valve mentioned that players will have the server files to run a dedicated server if they wish to, though they won't be ranked.

As for MW3, the studio head at sledgehammer games said MW3 will have free dedicated server files. http://twitter.com/#!/GlenSchofield/status/103839507169804289

Though I don't think they will be free, I'll probably have to buy the game if I want those files, and I don't really have interest in MW3 personally, I'm more of a Battlefield guy :D

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I don’t see the demand really decreasing significantly; there just isn’t a reason for it too. Some people just prefer gaming on a computer vs. a console. Honestly I really don’t care for Xbox or ps3 ill take a computer game like counter strike any day and I am what Bonio probably thinks of as the younger generation.

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The big main problem is its expensivness and i am not sure to see future in next couple of years:)

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The current, primarily PC gaming, developers and players will trend toward open source communities. I believe we will start to see a growth in Linux gaming and game hosting; Valve is already pushing this. The more computer literate forthcoming generations become, the less likely they will depend on or desire cookie cutter style operating systems (such as those provided by Microsoft and Apple). This can be seen with the growth of Linux, Android, and the modification of operating systems. 

 

Consoles will come and go like fads or pop music. The Atari 2600, Intellivision, Colecovision, Neo Geo, Nintendo, Xbox, and Playstation have been and will be replaced. I think we will see consoles die out and be replaced with something that is more useful in the sense of productivity or at least multi-usage. The current, direct, competition to consoles are portable devices (smart phones and tablets) not the PC.

 

There will be a come back to PC style machines (capable of multiple purpose functions); though they will most likely be very different than what we know of today as a desktop or laptop; probably more VR and interactive with our senses. The current technologies such as Xbox Kinect and Oculus Rift will be seen as very primitive, yet part of an important contribution toward this merging of physical, virtual, and augmented reality. Recent developments by Google will push augmented reality through a major evolutionary leap. The biggest challenge will be in developing pseudo senses for this new type of reality.

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Old topic, but honestly speaking, there is always a place for innovation. I completely disagree that only big providers will survive.. The ones that survive, are those who are not scary to innovate and offer new value props to their customers every single day.

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I don't know definitely what will be in future, but last years everything around me is developing with such high speed. For example I am hunter, and not so long time ago I could hunt only in a day time, and now I am fond of night hunting, because I can use thermal monocular and see animals in the dark! Isn't it impressive?

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