I have been absent from GS for quite a long time, not because I hate the site or disagree with current events, but due to life issues. Granted I never was truely gone but for the most part I would simply read new articles but would never log in. In my absence I came to a life changing epiphany that many of you are familiar with and now I can include myself in your ranks. I accept all types of gaming platforms and don't judge if you like PS better than Xbox or even if you like the Wii thats your personal preference and you are more than welcome to have it. I was mostly (95%) an Xbox player and thats pretty much where it stood, if you wanted to game with me you needed Live.
About 8 months ago I tried to play Slender on my PC and to my horror it wasn't the game that was scary it was the fact that my PC was so sluggish that two steps forward seemed to take 3 seconds to complete (even on low settings). This irritated me enough that I decided then and there that I needed a new pc. I looked around and saw Alienware had a base pc for $600. My head was flooded with so many of your previous comments about how much cheaper it was to build your own rig vs buying a pre-made one. With that I made Newwegg.com my friend and encharted on my first gaming rig build. After about 2 months I finally built my pc (I had one minor hiccup with a wrong power supply) and immediately went to CanIrunit and looked at all the new games coming out to see how well I did. I can proudly say (at the moment) nothing even closly strains my build even at ultra settings. I am certain I paid about $650 for everything, which is more than Alienwares, but I have a pc that is about 10x better than theirs.
With my graphics card I got 3 free games, Bioshock Infinite, Tombraider, and Farcry Blood Dragon. In redeeming the codes it reintroduced me to another old friend....Steam. After playing and beating the first two mentioned games I found myself frequenting Steams site and picking up great games ,such as Boarderlands 2, for $5. At first I fighted admitting it, but now I can proudly state that what started as an annoyance led to this Xbox only user to becoming officially a 95% PC gamer. I still play Xbox but i am mostly on Steam anymore. When the huge debate of Xbox One vs PS4 started I juat sat there and thought, "Huh, I don't want either. My PC can do way more than either of them."