Yet the numbers say that console games sell at an exponentially higher rate than PC games. If you love PC gaming, good for you, it is a good, and different experience. However numbers aren't on your side. The PC hasn't owned FPS since Goldeneye came out. And it won't own them anymore now that xbox live has come out. Even Playstation fanboys admit that Microsoft owns the FPS genre.
Your logic is a bit flawed if not entirely incorrect. First off, not everybody who owns a PC
plays video games so they are not adding to your "sales = popularity" equation. A lot of people use a PC
for internet access or work related reasons only. And the there is the fact that game consoles are pretty much as user friendly as can possibly be; you put the game in and it works. There are no issues with incompatability or viruses or weatherbug running in the background messing everything up. PC
's require intelligence to successfully operate as there are many possible configurations. Since most people don't really know as much about PC
's as they think they do (kinda like most people don't know squat about their car and how it works), they buy consoles to play their games on.
Since the only software available for purchase on the consoles are games, it would make sense that they would sell more games then anyone else. Here is the latest tracking info from the NPD Group. Looks like the first xbox title on the list is at 4th place just behind Mario Superstar Baseball...
September 2005 numbers
But I wasn't talking about numbers to begin with. I was talking about ease of play. It may take a little more coordination to play with a keyboard and mouse, but once you are used to it, you can do things that are pretty much impossible with a controller. It would be interesting to watch a group of PC
's play a FPS game against a bunch of consoles.
And Microsoft certainly does NOT own the FPS genre. I would say that title would go to either Valve (Half Life) or Id (Quake & Doom).