(Yeah, that's two Arkham Knight-related posts today, but that's what everyone else is talking about anyway, so why not?)
There are few gaming communities more snobby and condescendent than the followers of the almighty PC that can do no wrong (such as there being more games on Steam than any console - don't you DARE mock the exceptional quality control they have, God Newell is perfect!). Now I've mentioned before that they do have some valid points, such as modding, skipping neverending intros (I've specifically brought up the Arkham series before), and so on. But the platform has its issues, and sticking your head into the ground and acting like they don't exist isn't going to make them go away.
Consoles' biggest selling point, and the one that allows them to thrive (defying all logic, members of the Church of the Personal Computer would say), is that no knowledge of hardware is required. Here's your box, now play some games. Of course it comes at the cost of the raw performance a high-end gaming PC can have, but them's the breaks. If you're happy with what your PS4 or Xbox One gets you, and you don't want to bother learning the finer points of PC hardware and just want to play some games, well there you go.
On the developers' side, consoles are also a godsend. You just need to make your game work on two different boxes (three if your game gets a Wii U release, one if you're a first- or second-party developer), and with that you can reach millions and millions of people. PCs are more of a mess, you need to make your game work properly with an astronomical number of different configurations, and every one will respond differently to your game. You need to add many, many, MANY different quality settings to make sure both midrange PCs can run your game at all, and high-end ones can shoot for that holy grail of photorealism. And I can only imagine how much of a PITA it is. No wonder many developers make their games for consoles first and foremost, and PC's almost an afterthought.
Enter Arkham Knight. Now there have been a few calamitous PC launches for games that ran just fine on consoles over the last few years, but this is probably the most high-profile one. Problems are especially noticeable for AMD GPU users, since the Arkham series are made mostly with Nvidia cards in mind. But everyone seems to be having issues regardless, with the worst-case scenario of the game not working properly at the lowest settings with a recent, state-of-the-art graphics card actually coming true.
But the problem is that it seems like it could've been easily avoided. Arkham Origins also had a perilous PC launch, and for whatever inane reason WB decided to entrust Arkham Knight's PC porting process to the exact same company that did AO's. I mean, what were they thinking? Even Sega knew better than to give Big Red Button the mandate of making Fire and Ice.
This extraordinarily bad decision has the same effect as the crumpled masses of broken bones Batman tends to leave behind to gamers who were waiting for this. Just how anticipated was this game? Well, Arkham Origins was NOT made by Rocksteady, and while I found it a pretty good game (if only too similar to Arkham City, and not quite as good either), most people weren't so kind in their assessment. So Rocksteady, the company that made the first two entries in the series such smash hits, returned for one last go. To put it in perspective, it's as if Retro returned to make Metroid Prime 4 after the affront that was Other M (although by not even the most severe standards could AO even come close to being considered as bad as Other M, they're both perceived as obvious weak points in their respective series). And then release comes... and the game doesn't work. Yeah, I'd be pissed too.
But the outraged reaction from PC worshippers has been absolutely hilarious. This saga exposes every last item in the (admittedly somewhat short) list of weaknesses PC has compared to consoles, and they just can't fathom that their platform of choice is anything less than perfect. There's enough salt in there to kill a billion Meat Boys, and the tears are just so delicious.