Tis the season for various best/worst lists of 2009 to appear, and even though it’s far from existing yet, Diablo 3’s getting name dropped left and right.  This evening’s example comes from UGO.

    10. PC Gaming didn’t have a breakout hit

    The Damage: While the future looks bright with StarCraft 2 and Diablo 3, the PC didn’t have a ground breaking, earth shattering sales success this year. Digital distribution is humming along and will pad publishers a bit, but the PC platform is struggling. We’d never call PC gaming dead, but it could use a little help.

    The Healing: Everyone needs to stop calling PC gaming dead. It’s far from. The evolution of gaming seems to follow the maxim that PC gaming leads in innovation and then several years later, the consoles absorb some of the features and functions. PC gaming is going to be with us for some time, but there is a need for a couple big hits to attract consumer attention.

    Elsewhere, Game Daily previews 2010’s hoped for offerings with some cautious optimism:

    Blizzard’s Plans

    With all those games revealed, one question remains about PC gaming in 2010: what role will Blizzard play? We already know that the company has three huge titles in the works: StarCraft II, Diablo III and a new expansion to World of Warcraft, Cataclysm. However, no official release dates are available. Hopefully, one of these three (or more, if we’re lucky) will be out before year’s end, satisfying the needs of role-playing fans everywhere. We’ll gues that the WoW expansion will arrive in the fall, StarCraft before Christmas and Diablo III sometime in 2011. Again, that’s just a guess.

    Why the big monster art pic from Blizzcon? Why not….

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