Molyneux: Facebook is changing PC gaming

Written by Joe Martin

March 22, 2010 // 12:36 p.m.

Tags: #faccebook #farmville #industry #molyneux #zynga

Peter Molyneux has commented that the PC gaming industry is in the process of being reborn, a process which is being spearheaded by social gaming sites like Facebook.

Specifically, Molyneux thinks companies like Zynga, who make the popular casual game Farmville, are on the cutting edge regarding where the PC games industry is headed.

"The surprising thing about the PC, that's just starting to happen now, is that gaming is being reborn on the PC," Molyneux told Switched, via Eurogamer.

"You've got Facebook, everybody's talking about Facebook games and there's this company called Zynga and they make these games with 88 million people...Everybody's making these big opus epics, and jealously looking at these Zynga new kids on the block and saying some disparaging things, quite often, about them. But it feels like everything involved in gaming is changing at the moment, and changing radically."

Molyneux also reckons that consoles are changing too, with new input devices like Natal helping to make the consoles a better home for hardcore gamers.

"It’s like I was born on PC. I felt it was this thing that was completely open-ended and that felt great," he said.

"When I skipped over to the console it felt like being slightly imprisoned by this box... But now they keep on giving us this new hardware stuff. Natals, Moves and input controllers - they kind of feel a bit more PC-ish."

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