Despite admitting to not playing games on PC "much", one of the chief developers behind superb role-playing games Fallout 3 and Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion has vehemently backed PC gaming.

PC gaming has suffered a difficult couple of years, with a number of publishers including controversial digital rights management in their PC releases, if they release PC versions of multiplatform games at all.

In 2008, legendary developer Peter Molyneux described the decline of PC gaming as a "tragedy".

Ashley Cheng, production director at Bethesda Game Studios, however, reckons such doom and gloom is misplaced.

"I don't play games on PC much," he said on his blog.

"I mostly game on my Xbox 360, occasionally on PS3, and some iPhone, too. Every now and then, you'll see an email thread about how PC games is doomed, dying, dead, obsolete, etc... Predicting the death of PC gaming is like bell bottoms. Every few years, it becomes fashionable to cry that PC gaming is over.

"I don't think PC gaming is ever going to go away. Tastes change. Trends come and go. Thanks to services like Steam and Good Old Games, what a great time to be a PC gamer! Imagine the greatest games ever created, all at your fingertips, and cheap, too. Its like being a film buff and having Netflix stream every Oscar winning film - no waiting, just pick the one you want to watch."

Cheng's views are backed up by research indicating PC gaming is in rude health. Jon Peddie Research, the industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, forecast in November last year that the market for PC gaming hardware will see a 30% increase in 2010, equating to a $6 billion increase over 2009.