I was just wondering - in your opinion, why did Windows 95 and DirectX not completely destroy console gaming?
Maybe because Win95 was busy destroying itself most of the time?
Nah, consoles offered something different. You know, playing Mario, Sonic, Zelda, etc. on your TV. A lot of the time, with your friends in the same room, not online. Consoles were better at a lot of things, better multiplayer, cheaper system (although games were incredibly expensive), etc. Another important point is that almost all games were platform-exclusives. They were either for Nintendo, for Sega, for Sony, or for Windows (they never were for Mac).
PC was cool in its own right, but it was different. It couldn't replace consoles.
Actually, today it can easier replace consoles than back in the time, because many PCs have TV outputs, and there has been a massive shift from exclusives to cross-platform games, so most of the games are also available on PC--in superior quality, usually. They don't, though.
Mobiles and tablets won't replace consoles either. There are just too many people who want to have a "full" non-casual gaming experience, with controls that aren't all too compromised, and preferably on a big TV.
Edited by DrStrangelove at 21:15:27 12-02-2013
Edited by DrStrangelove at 21:18:39 12-02-2013