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Ken Levine: "If you want to know the future of gaming, buy a PC"

Ken Levine

President of Irrational Games and lead designer on Bioshock and Bioshock Infinite spoke out in a recent interview about the virtues of the PC, saying that "the PC will always be the place that drives innovation."

Speaking to Kotaku , Levine outlined his thoughts on the strengths of PC gaming: "The PC is the place where great game developers are born, even—and maybe especially—where great console game developers are born. Halo, Mass Effect, Call of Duty…PC developers first."

Levine attributes the success of the PC to the low barrier of entry for new ideas. "You can have an idea that goes like this: "Hey, I've got an idea!" "Cool! Who do we need to approve this idea?" "Umm…nobody?" And then the idea gets done. Because magic can happen when there are no middle men, no marketers, and no naysayers."

Steam, modding and Minecraft are some of the examples Levine highlights of innovation on the PC. He finishes with "here's something you can take the bank: If you want to know the future of gaming, buy a PC. And pay attention. Because above all, that thing on your desk is a crystal ball."

Tom stopped being a productive human being when he realised that the beige box under his desk could play Alpha Centauri. After Deus Ex and Diablo 2 he realised he was cursed to play amazing PC games forever. He started writing about them for PC Gamer about six years ago, and is now UK web ed.