PCGA In The News

Interview: PCGA Restructures Memberships, Seeks Developer Input - 12/17/2008
Aiming to allow more developers to participate in its subcommittees and benefit from its research, the PC Gaming Alliance is lowering the barrier to membership with a new cost structure. The PCGA is headed up by Intel director of gaming strategy Randy Stude, who says that the group needs more participation from developers -- many of whom haven't nearly the same kind of budget as a company like Intel.

PlayStation 4 Might Live Inside Your PC (and other wisdom from PCGA's Randy Stude) - 12/11/2008
As a gamer who made his bones on the PC, one of the most encouraging developments of 2008 has been the launch of the PC Gaming Alliance, an association comprised of companies with a stake in the computer games market.

PCGA President Randy Stude Talks Methodology - 12/5/2008
Last week I spoke to Randy Stude, director of Intels gaming program and the president of the PC Gaming Alliance (PCGA). The PCGA is an industry consortium made up of hardware manufacturers and PC games publishers, each with a significant commercial interest in the platform. The PCGA has so far released a couple of studies (pdf link) to its members, each looking at the numbers of PC gaming, for both hardware and software sales. They regard these as the most comprehensive studies so far, and Stude was keen to point out they didnt support the figures we mentioned previously from Jon Peddie Research. If anything, the PCGA suggest, PC gaming hardware sales are even bigger than that. And they should know: the PCGA members make all the components. I was keen to learn a little more about what Studes intentions were, and what the PCGA really intended to do for our chosen platform. The answers were encouraging, and Stude seemed straightforward about the intentions of this, an industry business consortium, as well as the methodology that such a group should expect to employ.

PCGA Test Lab Video - 12/4/2008
See the lab where the PCGA's minimum specifications are tested and validated...

Inside Game Piracy, Part 2: The Countermeasures - 12/4/2008
Developing standards to measure piracy's impact and then educating consumers seems like solid footing on which both the PC Gaming Alliance and the ESA can begin to address their respective constituencies. But then what?

Inside Game Piracy, Part 1: Crushing Discs, Pushing Education - 12/3/2008
When 2D Boy recently claimed that the piracy rate for its PC independent game World of Goo was something like 90 percent, it raised two interesting issues.

PC Gaming: Weathering the Economy Better Than Consoles - 11/20/2008


Casual Games Are Recession-Proof and Family night with Dickie the Bingo Caller looks better and better - 11/20/2008


AMDs Award-Winning ATI Radeon HD 4800 Graphics Series Shipping in High-Performance PCs from Leading OEMs and System Integrators - 11/17/2008
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced high-performance PCs from a wide array of leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and system integrators (SIs) are now delivering immersive game play thanks to the ATI Radeon HD 4800 line of graphics cards. The ATI Radeon HD 4800 series is available in numerous configurations, including systems based on AMD Phenom X3 and AMD Phenom X4 processors as well as Intel Core i7 and Core2 processors.

WildTangent Member Company in the News - 11/6/2008
Monday we brought you the news about the closure of the WildTangent game development studio and noticed the fact that Alex St John stepped down from the CEO position. We were wondering if this is a big hit in the chin for the PC Gaming Alliance, since St John is a very active member of the organization today we have the answer from the man himself and were happier than ever...

PC Gaming Alliance's Stude On The 'Urgent Imperative' Of Piracy - 11/5/2008
Piracy is one of the most important issues facing the PC industry, says Randy Stude, president of the PC Gaming Alliance...

Casual Games are Recession-Proof - 10/8/2008
All year long, journalists, bloggers and various analysts have wondered, "Are video games recession-proof?" The consensus seems to be: Yes! No! Maybe!...

PC Gaming Alliance president snaps back at Molyneux's comments - 10/8/2008
It looks like the PC Gaming Alliance has has enough of the PC game industry getting slammed by developers. Earlier this week Lionhead head man Peter Molyneux said the state of the PC game industry was, in his opinion, in "tatters"...

Interview: Games for Windows' Kevin Unagnst - 7/3/2008
Microsoft's Kevin Unagnst has perhaps the most difficult-to-pronounce name in the industry (hint: according to a user on a genealogy board, it's "u-nanks"), and as the Senior Global Director of the Games for Windows initiative, probably one of the more challenging jobs...

What The PC Gaming Alliance Can Do For You - 6/20/2008
People are sick and tired of buying PC games. Why? Because when they show up at a consumer retail store and purchase a game, theres no guarantee that their machine will be able to run it...

Computer vs. the console - Direct downloads give PC games a boost in battle for buyers - 6/19/2008
It took just 10 days for video game maker Funcom Inc. to sell 400,000 copies of its newest title, Age of Conan, last month, making it one of the years most successful debuts. But for now, you cant play it on popular living-room consoles like Sonys PlayStation 3, Microsofts Xbox 360, or Nintendo Wii...

Q&A; with the PCGA: In defense of PC gaming - 6/12/2008
Q&A; At the Game Developers Conference in February, Intel, Microsoft, Nvidia, and other companies that sell PC gaming hardware and software announced the creation of the PC Gaming Alliance, an organization whose specific purpose is defending the PC as a gaming platform...

The PC Gaming Alliance Speaks - 5/23/2008
Randy Stude is president of the PC Gaming Alliance and director of the Gaming Program Office at Intel. Given the silence surrounding the PCGA's launch, we asked Randy to provide some answers...

Epics Mark And CliffyB Explains What PC Gaming Alliance Means For Gamers Disarray Dismissed - 2/28/2008
There was a time when PC gaming was in disarray, or at least thats what I had been told back at DICE. And those comments is what has gotten many people riled up here and at Penny Arcade. But Cliff Bleszinski, the man who told me that just earlier this month, sat down with fellow Epic Games power player Mark Rein to tell me at GDC what the situation with PC gaming really is...

PC Game Alliance Rallies Friends & Rivals @ GDC, Taking PC Gaming to New Heights - 2/21/2008
Intels PC gaming guru Randy Stude stepped up to help organize the PC Gaming Alliance. At this weeks lively Game Developer Conference in San Francisco, Stude led the alliances first press conference announcing the coming together of major hardware and software creators to PC gaming...

GDC 08 Video with Randy Stude, PCGA President - 2/21/2008
Interview with Randy Stude explaining why the PCGA was formed and what it plans to accomplish...

PC Gaming Alliance debuts - 2/20/2008
The first body ever formed solely to promote the PC gaming industry, the PCGA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to "driving coordinated marketing and promotion of PC gaming...and creating forums for member companies to cooperate on solutions to challenges facing the PC gaming industry, such as hardware requirements and antipiracy."...