Remember when you were ‘abandoned’ and the end was neigh and everything was awful, and console players started throwing rocks at you in the school playground, and then your wife left you because your controller game wasn’t ‘on-point’.
Well heres a few things to be happy about, after all just because every games company thinks of you as pirating scum and feeds you ‘Console ports’ – shudder – doesn’t mean you should strip out your PC and turn it into a fish tank…. maybe.
Building a PC can be expensive – recently I shoved a GTX 970 in to my machine, which at the point of writing this is about £250, and a PS4 is about £300. You can see the issue. However my machine is now capable of playing all modern games on ultra which as we know is twice as ‘eye sex’ as the graphics you get on your console peasant machine. Along with a few other parts and piece you would be looking at a £600 rig. All these figures might be off the top of my head.
So despite the fact we had to take a second mortgage out to pay for our new box. Then we have to worry about putting it together (“it’s really easy to build a computer” – fuck off) and hoping we don’t super fuck the processor because the stupid arrow isn’t clear (google it). So what do we get which a Playstation or an Xbox just can’t.
Well if we start off with the money side – games are cheaper on a PC. On a console your average game is now up near the £50 mark. However on the PC we can get a game for about £20 cheaper if we look in the right places. We also have the love of Steam which bless us with the all glorious Steam sale allowing access to allot of A-list games for literally the price of a coffee.
Modding and generally fucking around with game content is also a big thing, meaning we get some interesting things coming out of youtube. From the dooms day Thomas the Tank engine Skyrim mod, to the meme worth Leeroy Jenkins. Allot of games content comes from the PC gamer.
We have access to more MMO’s than console players, admittedly this is either a good thing or a bad thing depending on your view. On the whole we have a larger array of MMO’s with large communities, which are mostly full of lovely people. We also have access to MOBA games which have a much shitter community, so…..
Although in recent years people have become better with controllers you still can’t beat a keyboard and mouse. Modern games seem to have an issue with the mouse and keyboard and have no idea that Quake gave you more control over the key layout than MGSV or Fallout 4. But even this doesn’t hinder the fact that aiming and playing video games is just better with a keyboard and mouse.
Overall despite the lack of care put in these days by triple A companies on PC games, we have it pretty good.
(I do sometimes miss the days of just turning on a console, picking up a controller and chilling on the sofa. Lets hope the Steam Link can bring me back to the sofa.)
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