The ebb and flow of PC gaming has been odd. Arcades rose and fell. Handhelds were dominated by a single company then marginalized by phones. Consoles rules economically but became more and more PC-like over time. Personal computers themselves, meanwhile, have been tidal over gaming's lifespan. Throughout the '80s, they were home to both arcade-inspired twitch fests and the medium's first lengthy experiences, but they were never as culturally dominant as the NES. In the '90s, PC gaming became the premiere field for technological advancement, pushing three-dimensional design long before living room boxes.
In the past fifteen years, PCs have risen to a new level of prominence. At the dawn of the HD console era, the industry's biggest players still banked on the strong earning power of consoles but increasingly supported PCs with their biggest games, sometimes with the best versions of those games. E3 break outs like BioShock
, Batman: Arkham Asylum
, Assassin's Creed
, Metro: Last Light
, Far Cry 3
, and many more have seen definitive versions appear not on consoles but on PCs. All the while, the rising tide of independent developers have flourished on PCs thanks to the ease of digital distribution. E3 conversation may still be dominated by which console maker won the show, but going into E3 2014, PC players are guaranteed to see something they like.
In the fifth week of our massive E3 2014 giveaway extravaganza, we are handing out an absolute treasure trove of PC games. This week, we're giving away 13 games, all of them special or limited edition boxed releases, and one totally sweet book. It's a Diablo
book. Which goes with the special edition of Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls
. How's that for a tease?
If you want to win this insane haul, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "E3 Giveaway Week 5" before 10AM EST on Tuesday, May 27 and tell us what past E3 game announcement made you glad you game on PC. One random winner will get the lot.
What PC games will one lucky winner get their hands on? The full list and contest rules after the jump.
Borderlands 2 GOTY Edition
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition
The Elder Scrolls Anthology (Includes Arena, Daggerfall, Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim)
XCOM: Enemy Unknown Special Edition
Divinity Anthology (includes Divine Divinity, Beyond Divinity and Divinity 11)
Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls Collector's Edition
Diablo 3: Book of Tyrael