First of all, don't worry, I'm not here to troll anybody. What I'm saying is my beliefs, so hear me out for a bit .
Hermits on these forums love to gloat about how great PC is (no offence, Hermits ), and sure with the graphics and mods and all it is great, but the problem is that it'll never quite "feel" like a console. What many PC gamers don't understand is that there is a whole group of gamers out there that don't like gaming on the pc (shocking, I know). Sure the graphics, mods, and services are great, but whenever I get a game for my PC I never feel inclined to play it. And believe me, I'm not talking about Street Cleaning Simulator PC here, I've tried all the greats. Portal, Half Life, Skyrim (with all sorts of mods), Street Fighter, Batman, DiRT, and I definitely see where all the PC gamers are coming from. But out of all of those games, I haven't finished a single one. I feel more inclined to play Skyrim on my console than I do on my computer (though I must admit mods are awesome) just because it feels more fun and authentic to me. Some might think that this way of thinking is ridiculous, yet I'm not the only one. There are many console gamers out there, each one just as much a gamer as you and I, and many of them do prefer gaming on consoles. So please hermits, don't post topics saying "PC gaming is so amazing, y u guys no play pc with us? Its better in every way than consoles". That's simply not true.
And before I leave, I'll touch up on another topic: exclusives. There are countless exclusives for consoles that I'm dying to play, but there isn't one PC exclusive that interests me. I've said it in the past, and people have called me ignorant (some even going as far as calling me arrogant) for saying such a thing. People have different opinions, there's no need to bash each other for being different. Just for once, just quell your ego's and accept another man's way of thinking and you just might start to understand and get along with each other. I've browsed this forum for long enough, I've followed gaming for long enough, and I know what games are on what platforms. Fact is, PC has none that are worth getting (for me). Indie games are the only thing that interest me for PC, but even then, I'm 100% satisfied by the collection of indie games available on consoles. So hermits, for the love of god, understand a different point of view just this once. It's not hard.
AND MOST OF ALL (This goes for everybody), if you do not like something that doesn't mean it is bad. This is something I find particularly annoying. Some people say "Oh, The Avengers is such a terrible movie!" or "Oh my god, Halo is the worst game in history", but never, not even once, do they consider the millions of other people that enjoyed the experience. I said I don't like PC gaming, but never once have I said PC gaming is bad. I also don't enjoy Fallout games to the extent that other people do, but never once have I said Fallout is a terrible series (at least not seriously). There are fans for virtually every movie series or video game series, and the creators must have been doing SOMETHING right to attract interest. So if the majority loves a product, then obviously it's not the quality that's at fault, it's just that you don't like it. Simple stuff.
Hmm...well that's all of it, I hope you guys enjoyed my rant. If I offended any of you, then don't take it to heart, if you're reading this and are one of the fanboys I'm talking about, stop trolling everybody or else I'll steal your computer's power supply. If you buy a new one, I'll steal that too. Good luck gaming without one.
Have a good one, folks .
@whiskeystrike Yes, it is my personal preference, but I just wanted to make it clear that there are many people out there like this :P
It sounds like you are dealing with the wrong sort of people! I try to limit my associations with some of the more severe morons of the interwebs. No point in dealing with such foul beasts, loll. There are other problems with PC gaming, I should know, I was PC gaming before these kids on GS made accounts. I have 4 PC's in the house, and I can tell you that many games don't ever come to PC. Many genre's. I noticed near the tail end of EVERY GENERATION of SW, people start going around PC's, and get sucked into that web. While PC gaming is great, ti's not uber. It's not the only route. It's certainly not for everyone, just like the Wii, PS3, or 360 isn't for everyone...but good luck trying to explain that to troll hermits (half of who have another console agenda anyways). I like PC gaming for RTS, MMO's, and FPS. I don't like PC gaming for Platforming, FIghting, and Action Adventure. When I have to start jamming a controller into my PC to play a game, I may as well just go and buy the damn game on a console...unless I just have to flex my GPU. But what's the point on a console port anyways? It's pointless.
Also, the big elephant in the room, my main issue with PC gaming besides DRM? The lack of USED GAMES. The inability to sell my games off if I don't like them. I can't stand that. As a collector, it's atrocious.
@SolidTy Switching to PC makes sense, especially in an abnormally long console cycle such as this one. I forgot to touch on MMO's, those are satisfying experiences for me and are one of the few exclusives I enjoy on PC.
Although the used games issue doesn't really affect me much (I don't like selling anything off, even if I don't like it) I definitely see where you're coming from. Still, these are only temporary problems since it'll all be dealt with when everything goes digital in the future. It's inevitable, whether that's for better or worse isn't up to me to decide though. All I know is I'll miss my Collector's Editions and plastic wrappings when it all gets taken away.
The farther down this road we go, the less ownership we have over the games we buy. It might just be me unable to let go of the past, but I'd rather pay cash and own something physical than rely on owning something saved on the internet. I understand the gains of DD-only, but still, it just doesn't feel the same.
It all goes down to paying $60 for a video game in the form of atoms, or paying $40-50 for the same video game in the form of electrons.
@XVision84 I was sent these videos, and I thought of your blog. ;)
I will only post two of the four I was sent : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U58t9k9fdl0&feature=related the7th, "PC gamers ignore their roots"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHww_7eCjmQ&feature=context-chv ExposingLames, "PC Elitists are nerds".
I got these today from members of HYPE on SKYPE, and remembered your blog. Later dooders! ;) :P
@XVision84 I am a collector, so I don't sell much either. However, I do let friends borrow games, and that's when PC gaming runs into a problem with me. Not to mention new operating systems poses problems for my much older PC games...which is inevitable. When I pull out my old NES or Dreamcast, I have no problems. Consoles just pop in and play.
Lucky for us, only 50% of the consoles actually connect online, which is a huge market. So, while DD and DRM is pushing it's ugly neck forward, it will be a ways before these companies can take full control over all gaming machines...thank god.
Oh, I should add. Many PC games are now charging $60 for the same game, although you don't get the booklet, the case, the ability to resell or lend out the game, and instead are delivered a healthy dose of DRM.
Young kids today don't understand that console companies charge royalties to 3rd party companies when they make a game on a console. So, they have to pay Nintendo, Sony, Sega back when they were around, M$, etc.
PC games don't have such royalties. Companies like Blizzard and Bethesda are charging $60 just because they can. The young people don't even understand that price hike is unjustified.
You would think that if the publishers could knock out the MIDDLEMAN (aka retail) we would save money. You would think the fact they are using our HDD's to store their game instead of printing a disk we would save money. You would think that them not printing a case, disk, and booklet would save us money....but sadly, that's also not the case for a great many PC games today.
Yes, games go on sale both at retail and DD, but those are sales. No point in mentioning those, Everytime I see a PSN, Steam, XBLA sale on a game I want, I factor in these things accordingly. After all, Gamestop. Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and other retailers also have sales on the retail games every single week as well....and as we know, Retail copies are better than DD.