The Gist - 3 Reasons Why PC Is Still My Platform Of Choice
Jess explains why PC will always be the very best gaming platform in her mind. Find out why!
I'm watching some of the shows I missed and stumbled across the PC game preference episode and I agree with Jess 100%. My experience is much like hers, and even though I'm a few years older, the PC continues to be wonderful. Being a PC gamer has the added benefit of occasionally keeping current with technology and learning a lot about computers and games work.
Jess, I'd love to see a show about why the PC was great in 2014 and things to look forward to in 2015 on the PC.
All resonates. I've been an Xbox guy for 6 years now, but have recently adapted to PC for games like Civ V and Skyrim because it's just plain better on PC.
I agree with almost all of this. I did love playing mario cart with friends at my house, but have never really made the transition to online multiplayer. Thus many console games hold near zero appeal. I share your love of solo gaming and the precision of mouse and keyboard, plus there is hardly anything I can't eventually play on my PC. (Quantum Dreams I'm looking at you). There are a few things I find more enjoyable with a gamepad, but then again, I can just plug one into my PC, so....
when I discovered 10 ppl playing together in a game called, "Counter-Strike" I was mind blown and left the N64 and their 4 player limit. Now it's 64+ player matches on PC or GTFO XD
oh yea, PC is my choice. Much better precision with mouse, can play emulators and reminisce on my childhood console games
Emulators for previous generation of consoles and all their games are available for PC on top of all the old PC games. Several years into a console cycle, the PC looks a lot better. The PC is better, but it costs $1000 for a great system, however, it can do more than just games. I archive my vacation photos, do work at home, manage finances, surf the internet (much better on PC), stream anime (better on PC), and a ton of other things. "Free" stuff using bit torrent.
"If you think PC gaming is too expensive - *shows $2000+ gaming laptop*"
Mouse and keyboard is better for most games, but I use a controller for most 3rd person games, like Tomb Raider, or GTA IV (and V, later this year).
Windows 8 is just a social experience for the broader market, they
are even nerfing most of the stuff that developers have used. Windows 8
should be skipped by people who develop stuff on pc or are power users. As I will be skipping windows 8 it's just crap as like windows vista was and windows me was.
PC. PC games will look considerably better then consoles even on a mid-priced box. The ability to upgrade individual parts would have to be the second reason I prefer the PC over console. Tied in with the upgrade idea is that with PC you can always be using the latest technology and with a console depending on how long the current version run has been produced you could be playing with hardware that's 4 years or more behind current technology.
Which might be a better choice for a young learner?
A keyboard and mouse, where he/she actually learns how to type and navigate on-screen interfaces that also exist in the business/professional world?
Or a gamepad that is so imprecise that is has to be bot-assisted in most cases to even function correctly compared to the keyboard and mouse configuration (aim-bots, etc.)?
Completely agree. Consoles get all the hype, but aside from "the exclusives", they really can't back it up.
If I could go back in time, I would have built or bought an awesome gaming PC.
On a whim on day in 2009 in Best Buy, I bought an XBox 360. Six month later I bought a PS3. Then I had 100+ games. I had too many games and not enough time to play them. And I still keep buying more, but much less frequently. I was so much more happy when I had less than 10. And now I have a PS4 and PS Vita too--and I used to own a 3DS.
Buying or building a gaming PC would just add to the insanity. Video games make life fun, but they're also the most addictive drug on the planet. Maybe I'll buy or build a gaming PC when I decide to get a new computer, but that might not be for a while.
Thank you Jess. Great Show. All your thoughts are excellent.
Comment treeeeeeee fiddy. Big props if anyone gets the reference. And love The Gist, it's up there with reality check.
It's all true for me as well, and there's more:
-PC allows for mods, which sometimes end up being more fun than the actual game they're modifying
-Having a keyboard allows me to actually type things - chat messages and the likes. While I do use microphone most often when playing online games, typing can really come in handy.
-Steam. Steam rocks.
But while PC is and always will be my platform of choice, some console exclusives tear me apart knowing I can't play them. I don't want to buy a console just for a few exclusives as I know I won't be playing it very much..
"There is no such thing as no backwards compatibility"
Unless you're trying yo play non-Steam games on Windows 8....
Also, keyboard also mouse sucks for adventure and platform games, so the keyboard/joystick war is pretty much useless.... both have their own genres where they dominate.
Having said that, PC is the best platform.... but it is a incomplete platform without all the lastest Nintendo games.... also, Nintendo consoles offers more backward compatibility than even the PC with their Virtual Console.
I'm with you Jess. PC gaming is definitely the platform of choice for me. I will say there is a barrier to entry for those without the years of experience we have though. Just like we suck with shooters on dual analog sticks, I remember that the process of learning WASD for shooters took some time.
PC offers the most freedom and some dynamite prices, but if you are a technophobe a console is probably for you. Or if you say "bro" a lot.
As a console gamer since pong I have really never found a reason to go to P.C. To this day I still have trouble with the key/mouse controls because I don't spend any time with them but your vid has given me some things to seriously consider especially backwards compatibility. The Huge library of Wii games was one of the main reasons I bought the Wii U because I never owned a Wii. Steam and other gaming services on the P.C. are huge, I just read that P.C. gaming sales has a more than doubled the console sales in the past year. One more thing that got my attention too was before the sale of the PS4, computer graphics cards hardware already had it beat by a mile, though this would cost some money the fact stands if you want the hands down best version of any game it's on the P.C.
My machine of coice?
Main: Pc ofcourse
Consoles only for their exclusives:
ps4, ps3, psvita, psp
Wii-u, wii, N64 3ds, nds
Yep, universal gamer.
Steam sales are a fantastic reason too, this past one was the first I participated in, and I got like 30 games for 80 bucks lol. I have never heard of Marlow Briggs or Siberia 1&2, but hey at a buck or two a pop you can't go wrong for the entertainment value!
my only problem with PC is multi platform games, many games mainly UbiSoft games are so badly optimized i just cant play them. My rig is a gaming rig and playing Black Flag is just shocking with endless framedrops and problems, same with Watch Dogs another UbiSoft game. Only a few multiplatform games have been ok. So for multiplatform games i tend to play them on the consoles so i dont have to put up with the bad optimizations. Which is down to the developers doing such a piss poor job.
90% of my PC gaming is for independent games and simulators
I love having choices to be able to play on any format. I'm near obsessed about 2 un-released games The Witcher 3 and The Division and I would only EVER consider getting these titles on PC given the choice. Some games sit better on console some on PC and I actually like it that way. I don't like DRM, I prefer owning a hard copy of a game - not a DL but that's just the collector in me.
Personally I grew up as more of a console gamer, starting on the Super Nintendo, and collected more consoles over the years. Xbox has generally been my console of choice, however when purchasing games for a solo experience I buy them for PC. Also the price factor has also contributed to my game library increasing more on PC such as steam sales, humble bundles, and the price of PC games being generally cheaper than the console version.
Oooo, she didn't say "the graphics"!
Basically, the PC is the place to go for the enthusiast gamer, IMHO. You get a superior gaming platform but it costs more money and requires more time, too. PCs require some upkeep and some smarts to keep running smoothly. If you're really into games, the extra time and money are worth it. If you just like playing a few big name titles plus a couple of party games, the consoles are the way to go.
P.S. Introverts FTW!
lady is HOT: simant, streets of sim city, sim tower, sim city 2000. command and conquer, wow:(did i see that????)
there is no reason for people to not build their own pc's. any person at all. because it is a joke to build a PC. If i can build it with no pc knowledge at all, you can. anyone can. it's all plug and play and nowdays you can save half the price if you order it online, circumvent best buy, and make it yourself in about 2 hours
I use to game more on P.C.
Hoping Doom 4 will rekindle that but we'll see. I tend to favour console games now & Bloodborne and Tekken 7 ain't making it easy to change that in 2015 :/
I'm a console gamer, and don't care for the ridiculous war between PC & console players. Only argument that I can offer from a personal POV is this: if you're a sports gamer, you can't go PC. I need my MLB/NHL/NFL games.
Oh gosh... so so much resonance, although for the first point, I do like to play multiplayer, but usually only with a close friend or very small groups of familiar faces. I've always had this feeling that the PC gaming community was small and secluded, since most people I know these days game on consoles, but there was always this feeling like this was MY small and secluded community (even though it really isn't all that small).
Definitely on board with the controller thing. I usually even stick to keyboard and mouse on stubbornly console-based games like Dynasty Warriors. Recently played Halo 4 at a friend's place and I just kept wondering how much ammo I'd save if I was playing on a PC. It was like struggling to eat soup with a fork.
And my, all those fond memories of HoMM3, LucasArts, Gabriel Knight...
One thing that I find pretty unique to PC is modding. Somewhat relevant to the point that old games still run on new rigs, it's just always amazing to see the amount of love and care that fellow PC gamers put into their favourite titles. It just makes the game feel so alive, like we're all connected somehow.
Ah well. But that's probably my nostalgia speaking, and someone who grew up on consoles would have a different view of it. But hey, it's my nostalgia, and it's great to know it's yours too.
I totally agree and PC will always be my gaming homebase, I remember my very first time discovering a PC game, which happened to be an extremely shitty and seemingly unbeatable Batman side-scroller on a DOS Shell PC, that captivated me for hours and hours. But my experience as to your first point have been exactly opposite. Consoles have been home to some of my most memorable solo experiences, where PC has always been my go to for multiplayer.
I generally avoid console gaming online communities like a plague, you don't have much of a genre choice for one (FPS...umm...sports...fighting games if you like getting reamed by Asian guys?) and you'll never see me online in games like Halo or COD on consoles. But PC, and even though I do have some great solo memories and spend a lot of solo time playing, how much of my life has been spent in MMO's like Anarchy Online, Lineage, Earth & Beyond, Star Wars:Galaxies, Eve Online...it's frightening to think about. I could probably tell stories from these games for days and days that are likely boring to nearly everyone listening, except to me they're epic times with friends I'll not soon forget. I've always loved the battlefield series which has always been at home on PC, from 1942 to Vietnam to BF4, same deal I've got war stories for days. Planetside/Planetside 2, Mass effect 3 co-op matches I spent countless hours and still dive into, on PC, even though I played the story on X360. War Thunder and World of Tanks with my Euro buddies is crazy fun. RTS multiplay has always been a blast with games like Rise of Nations, Company of Heroes. I've had games myself and friends played out over months in Civilization. Payday and Payday 2, Sins of a Solar Empire (and recently it's mods), Diablo 2 and 3 great multiplay. I can keep going but I'd never stop. I've got a core group of a bit over a dozen or so people that I've been gaming with for over a decade on PC, scattered around the globe.
I love everything co-op too, and even though its pretty common on PC there are so few console games that support couch co-op anymore, and titles that do usually horribly tack it on and its just not fun. I've had console multiplay good times, like Kinect/PS Move games obviously, Split/Second was some great racing co-op. Fighting and sports games clearly are most at home on consoles and great with friends. But when I think console, I remember my massive collection of JRPG's(they own their own bookshelf), many are on the PS3 and even a few on 360. Games like the Tales series, Mass Effect/Dragon Age/Jade Empire I've always loved relaxing on my couch and pouring time into. The Final Fantasy series. Zelda. Demon's Souls, Resident Evil, Okami, Ratchet & Clank. Devil May Cry. Persona, Shin Megami Tensei anything. I realize this is just becoming a list of games that I love, so I'll stop, I've just never seen consoles as a great place for multiplayer, because the PC does it monumentally better and with 99% less 8-12 year olds (and yes sadly much older dudes) screaming the most foul words they don't even really understand. I wouldn't consider much of anything that happens within the world of xbox live "social".
Overall, the bulk of my gaming has shifted all but entirely to PC. I've not yet opted for an X1, though I do own a Wii U(which I'll say even as far as couch co-op barely qualifies as a great social or multiplayer experience save a very small handful of titles) and a PS4, but I don't see myself buying many games for them in the future. Most will be available on PC, and they'll be cheaper and they'll look prettier. What I do buy will be all solo games I imagine. Destiny and one or two exceptions aside, I don't see myself doing much of anything socially with my newer consoles in the future, either. PC on the other hand, almost every day I game online. I think multiplay and social capability is one of the greater selling points of PC gaming over console, just as much so as the expanded variety of awesome solo experiences. It's not for everybody, but there is a great big world of incredible gamers out there and a PC is your best point of access to dive into it.
@metallinatus I did find that an increasing number of older games (Beyond Good and Evil, BloodRayne 2, and even Just Cause 2) have poor performance and/or frequent crashes on Windows 8.1 - so I decided to downgrade to Windows 7, and everything works like a charm. Windows 8 brings some nice tweaks to the desktop (and tablet) experience, but for gaming, it really isn't worth the hassle.
I don't know how you came to that conclusion. The PC has backwards compatibility with literally tens of thousands of games.
Not to mention the PC can play games from every nintendo platform minus the Wii U.. Games from other past consoles as well.
It's not even close. No other gaming platform has nearly the backwards compatibility that the PC does.
@klauseba Neverwinter Nights 2 and Freddi Fish, respectively (she does actually say the names in the video).
@klauseba other one..maybe neverwinter nights 2?
@klauseba second one is spy fox in dry cereal i think
What are your system specs? You must have a pretty weak PC if you can't play those games.
Granted, they are demanding games and somewhat poorly optimized, but I play them just fine. I personally prefer to cap them at 30fps and they look and play better than the console versions.
I have a PS4 and I still prefer to play Watch Dogs and AC4 on my PC (GTX 770).
Besides, those are some of the exceptions. The vast majority of multiplats run like an absolute dream on my PC.
@TERMINATOR-SSD I play black flag just fine and my system is nearly 4 years old.
@yankblan Beat em ups/ fighters tend to also only land on consoles. P.C. will always be the place for RTS/ FPS/ and MMOs though.
Plus Mods are freaking sweet.
Also I love to play on the sofa or recliner with my 100" projector screen; you can't do that with a damn mouse.
@DrummerX Thanks for sharing. :)
I'm PC gamer myself (for 24 years or so) and I've got huge library of boxed and digitally distributed computer games. I simply don't have enough time to play everything I have. Buying a console would have no sense in my case. Video games are great, but I have other hobbies too.
@kalipekona i7 2600k, 680gtx, 16gb. Every other game runs smooth on max settings, ArmA3, BF, Crysis, Elite dangerous, Wolfenstein etc etc. its just UbiSoft games 'most of them' run terrible. The only game that run smooth was splinter cell and far cry 3.
I will buy an occasional game on PC, but usually old stuff (police quest, leisure suit Larry, SimCity), but Original Sins look awesome, right in my alley. Will probably get when the price drops...
@yankblan I do also, have Chaos Engine remaster edition, Witcher 2 and Fez as my recent'ish games on P.C. I know most of them came out ages ago but you know. . I'm not one personally that plays MMOs or any RTS game that wasn't C&C or WarCraft.