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Microsoft hosts PC gaming event

"These are exciting times," says Schappert.

Microsoft is hosting a big old showcase to prove that PC gaming is not dead just having a bit of a sit down.

The event is titled Windows Presents: The Big Picture and is taking place today in San Francisco.

Games on show will include Bionic Commando, Call of Duty: World of War, Fevil May Cry 4, Ghostbusters and Kung Fu Panda. Microsoft will confirm the release of 16 more titles under the Games for Windows label, including Quantum of Solace, Mafia II, Battlestations Midway, Battlestations: Pacific and Saints Row 2. AMD and NVIDIA will also be there to show off their latest graphics technology.

"These are exciting times for the PC gaming industry," said bigwig John Schappert. "Every major region will see PC gaming continue to grow in audience, game revenue and hardware purchases for the foreseeable future.

"While the challenges we face as an industry are many PC gaming has never been stronger, and we’re confident this trend will continue in the years to come."

Schappert went on to point out that Crysis and Age of Conan have now shipped more than 1 million copies, while Hellgate: London has over a million active subscribers.

"The Windows-based PC is the most connected gaming platform on the planet," Schappert said. "Microsoft’s continued investments will enable game publishers to take advantage of that connectivity while delivering to consumers the kinds of gaming experiences they will love."

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