Historically, PC games have always played second-fiddle to those on consoles. The NES sold over 60 million units, and its successor, the SNES, was not far behind. Sony entered the game in 1994 with the PlayStation, and each of its consoles has sold by the truckload since then, with the PlayStation 2 ruling as the uncontested champion with well over 150 million units sold. In the handheld market, Nintendo reigns supreme, its only fear being the ever-growing mobile market.
However, sometime after the turn of the millennium, things started to change. I remember very vividly the day our 56K modem was supplanted with a proper broadband connection, which was nothing if not a game-changer. Indeed, the era of online games was well on its way, and with it came the rise of PC gaming, with Firaxis creative director Jake Solomon going as far as to claim that “PC is in a golden age.”