Mark Rein changes his mind

Written by Tim Smalley

February 27, 2008 // 1:21 p.m.

Tags: #360 #alliance #console #epic #games #gaming #mark #of #pc #ps3 #rein #state #xbox

In a remarkable turn of events, Mark Rein has said that Epic Games is committed to making PC games and that he loves the PC.

"As a company, we make PC games. We love the PC, it's our heritage, we want to see it be strong, and we want to sell games like Unreal Tournament III and Gears of War on PC, and have them sell as well as they do on console," he said in an interview with Eurogamer.

This statement comes after comments from both Mark Rein and Cliff Bleszinski on the 'sorry' state of PC gaming – the former said that "consoles were killing the PC," while the latter said that PC gaming is in "disarray."

Rein was talking about the PC Gaming Alliance, which he said "is a great opportunity for us to have a great, open, honest dialogue with all the stakeholders in the PC business."

"One of the big problems with the PC business is there's no platform holder," he continued. "And so many people are switching to laptops, and most laptops just don't have enough power to play these games. I'm not saying every computer needs an 8800 GTX, but at least give users an experience so they can experience games."

He explained again that piracy was a problem and there are also other hurdles to overcome as well, but the overall plan for the PC Gaming Alliance "is to help the PC platform be a better gaming platform, and we totally support that."

"As soon as [the PC Gaming Alliance] invited us we said 'yes, here's our cheque.' It took all of ten minutes to decide we wanted to be involved in this," he added.

Do you think it's a good thing that Epic is involved in the PC Gaming Alliance or, given the recent statements, are they no longer welcome? Share your thoughts in the forums.
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