(at least in the GloveBox Household)
I want to get this out of the way first. Even though I am a primarily console gamer, I love playing PC or computer based games. The problem I ran into was I never had a computer that was good enough or a graphics card that was worthy of running the newest, latest pc games with all the bells and whistles. I recently picked up a gaming rig (the one that runs my emulated ROMs) and I thought I have a top notch pc rig and I should use it. There are many pro’s and con’s related to pc gaming systems but so far it has been a pleasurable experience. I have learned so much about pc’s lately that my mind has been changed somewhat to think this is still a viable platform.
Let me get into some of the pro’s of pc gaming. Usually games are a lot cheaper. I don’t know if it’s because I just spent thousands of dollars on my rig and the developers understand that or what but I welcome the difference in price. Most pc games are around 15 and sometimes even 20 dollars cheaper than console titles. There are many more downloadable services such as Steam and Origin. Steam is constantly “Giving Away” games in my opinion. For instance, I recently picked up Kingdoms of Amular, a 60 dollar console game for 25 dollars digital download. That is an impressive amount of savings. Also grabbed Spec Ops the Line for 12 dollars. Sick right? The discount in price makes me try games I wouldn’t want to pony up 60 dollars for and be disappointed. I’m not disappointed with the 12 dollar price point whatsoever. I am also happy with the line of peripherals that are available on the pc. Like I mentioned earlier, I am a console gamer (Xbox 360…yup I said it) for the most part and I purchased the Microsoft Wireless PC controller adapter. This thing lets me use my Xbox wireless controller as a joystick on my pc. So I don’t have to be restricted to the keyboard and mouse configuration. It basically feels like I’m playing an Xbox with better graphics. And get this….the adapter cost 8 bucks from AMAZON!!! How hot is that!
Now onto the con’s…I would say the biggest con is the PC itself. I think you really need to be computer savvy. Now when I say savvy, I mean…. you can work your way around a computer enough to install a new graphics card or change a jumper setting. I think this is a must because computer settings change all the time and the different setups of the rigs make it especially hard for programmers to get a true standard. Think about it this way….A PS3 is the same (basically) all over the world whereas a pc rig can change with different RAM, storage, graphics cards, etc…etc… and drivers need to be updated constantly. If you’re like me and don’t mind this tedious work then pc gaming is awesome.
I have recently started to get into more MMO type games. One game that really stands out for me is Vindictous. This is a “FREE TO PLAY” MMO game. Yes FREE TO PLAY. This is especially awesome if you look at this video. Sure it loves the whole “Micro Transaction” play style but I have never seen a game that looked this good that was free. Bottom line is….if you are looking to expand out a little from your norm….Try a pc game if you get a chance. You might like what you see…..I DO!!