Its hard to go through gaming forums without stepping into the relatively newly formed cult that is the (self-proclaimed) PC MASTER RACE. Its not simply a brain spasm shared by a group of delusional people who suddenly think they were given the God given right to look down on console gaming, we see the media riding this wave of PC enthusiasm (most likely to cash in on the interest).
Thing is, its not even a platform per say. Its an environment and one full of inconviniences.
- 1. WHATEVER RIG YOU HAVE OR GRAPHICS CARD OR WHAT NOT, NO PC GAME WILL EVER, EVER, EVER, EVERRR FULLY UTILIZE THE SPECS OF THE COMPONENTS YOU BOUGHT TO ITS MAXIMUM EFFICIENCY!
There is no way around it. The open ended nature of the PC environment dictates that every single game will be compromised from its conception due to the necessity of having to work on multiple ranges of PCs, setups and OSs.
That Geforce GTX TITAN you just sold your car to buy? Yeah, it will NEVER be fully explored during the period in which its considered a high end graphics card. Sorry :(
Graphics achieved by hardware on consoles:
- 2. WHATEVER SETUP YOU BUILD NOTHING GUARANTEES THAT MOST GAMES YOU BUY WILL RUN AS WELL ON IT AS IT DOES ON SIMILLAR SETUPS WITH 100 VARIATIONS OF MULTIPLE COMPETITOR COMPONENTS!
"What the **** is happening the game I just bought crashed?"
"error what? Let me google this"
**after 30 minutes of going through 10.000 possible reasons why its not working**
"Follow these 10 steps. Download this dll. file and search and rename files in the game folder after updating your graphics card drivers to the PREVIOUS version because the new one is incompatible with this particular game. Oh and by doing this you are screwing the performance of the rest of your library...... motherf&%#er!!!"
- 3. MORE AND MORE YOU'RE NOT BUYING GAMES AS MUCH AS YOU ARE SUBSCRIBING TO CORPORATE SERVICES
Sure you can buy a retail box or download a game file to your PC. But more and more we see PC gaming adopting the "walled garden" approach to how they distribute games with stuff like STEAM, ORIGIN and what not. You buy it, but as soon as you install the game it belongs to one of these services.
This is a modern "platform" that only NOW (through STEAM) is introducing "sharing games" as this amazing feat, when the truth is that you are given limited options regarding what you can do with a product you supposedly own.
Want to easily avoid DRM? Good luck with that.
Want to sell and/or easily share your digital library across all services? LOL nope
And even if you could sell your games...
- 4. MODERN PC GAMES RETAIN NEXT TO NO MONETARY VALUE. ITS RESALE VALUE IS ZERO
Wanna walk into a second hand game store and sell off those titles you have to help fund whatever you want to buy next, or simply make some money back on what would essentially be dead weight around the house?
You will either be met with a clerk who will laugh at your face or be given coffee change for games that are valued 5-10x more on consoles.
Its basically a one and done deal for life. You invest on PC games? That money stays stuck there forever.
- 5. STEAM SALES AND THE RACE TO THE BOTTOM! "Yeah I'll wait for the STEAM sale lol"
Sounds familiar? Yeah its the same mentality that is now giving the general population the idea that games have no reason to cost 60 dollars when they can get stuff for free or 99cents on their ipad to shut their kids up or pass some time on their train rides or in between facebook posting.
Not only does this benefit nothing but STEAM and its hunger for new members, many developers are seeing considerably larger revenues of their indie titles on consoles/platforms with much smaller user base, like the goddamned Wii U.
You reap what you sow people. Now have fun with f2p games and micro transactions as companies try to compensate for this aggressive race to the bottom of the price well.
- CONCLUSION: GET OFF THAT SELF-MADE CARDBOARD FORT YOU CALL IVORY TOWER! PC GAMING IS FLAWED AND KNEE DEEP INTO ITS OWN ISSUES, AND YOU ARE MAKING A FOOL OUT OF YOURSELVES WITH THIS MASTER RACE SHIT!
Its OK, we know you've been treated as the red headed stepchild by developers and publishers for years, but dial down on the overcompensating praise and fake pride.