BTW imagine someone having a 56k who pays for the conn per-minute has to wait 5 hours for the game to authenticate!
For sure - and there's plenty of people who still do have a 56k connection.
PC Gaming has always been "Elitist" or rather, a better term, an "Enthusiasts" venture.
There's certainly a big enough market for it and it definately has been driving tech forward, but for your average joe, it's a no go area - far too expensive and complicated.
I was chatting to a Mac-savvy DTP operator (and part time musician) the other day - very bright guy - he gave up PC gaming because he finds it far too much of a hastle.
I agree with him to an extent - having to download drivers and install patches and OS updates just to play a game is all a bit much.
The death of PC gaming has been predicted a number of times. Consoles outsell PC games by a massive margin.