PC Gaming Alliance: Certification for the PC.

Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2013 - 02:26 AM |
Tagged: pcga, certification

Okay, so we all know I hate certification. Art platforms should be as open as possible to allow small businesses, hobbyists, and even casual users to share their expressions and ideas. Certification is the basis for my distrust of Windows Store and the "modern" Windows platform altogether. When you have someone between you and sharing, terms will be dictated for every transfer.

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I am reminded of Harvest Moon which was pressured with ESRB certification (unclear where the pressure was coming from, however) to remove same-gender relationships in a North American release. If you build censorship, they will come. This is not censorship... but keep that in mind.

That said, the PC Gaming Alliance (PCGA) should only get between you and an advertising logo. They will not prevent you from sharing your app, unlike Windows Store, but rather just not say you have a satisfactory title.

Testing will not be free, of course. A non-PCGA member will need to pay $500 per game to be submit their title for certification; another $2000 will be required to request help with certification from the organization.

Metrics that the certification looks at is whether it runs at a smooth 30FPS at 720p medium settings on some reference platform and whether it supports gamepad and couch use cases (if those users would reasonably expect that environment for the title... ex: StarCraft would probably be exempt).

I can see this being... okay. It is a bit pointless for users who do the slightest bit of research before they purchase a title. That said, under the condition that it will not be a mandatory certification, it might be beneficial for smaller companies to market their goods. Cheap endorsement for small businesses is not a bad thing as long as it does not lock the art, itself, in any way.

Source: PC Gamer
December 5, 2013 | 10:31 AM - Posted by mLocke

http://xkcd.com/927/

December 5, 2013 | 01:44 PM - Posted by Willmore (not verified)

Wait, their big concern with PC gaming is that it support gamepads and 10 foot interfaces? I'm sorry, did you mean to say Console Gaming Alliance?

December 5, 2013 | 03:11 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

For games where a user would reasonably expect gamepad support. It is, generally speaking, a good thing to have if you want to make the transition from console as easy as possible.

Obviously, it would be better if it applied to all input types: touch support where it would reasonably make sense, mouse and keyboard support where it would reasonably make sense, etc.

December 5, 2013 | 03:49 PM - Posted by Jim Cherry (not verified)

Home theatre PC Gaming Alliance

December 5, 2013 | 03:30 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Does this PC Gaming Alliance have any presence in the Linux foundation, and does this Alliance plan to offer linux driver Support with funding/certification/testing/development of linux based gaming, as well as Blender and other open source/gaming development software?

December 6, 2013 | 12:48 PM - Posted by razor512

Seems like a waste of money, and some business person's way of getting paid to play games and not have to put in the thought and mental effort to review it on more than just a specification level.

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