When I was a kid, PC was king…
I consider myself a true gamer. I remember booting up my dad’s desktop into DOS and running 8-bit games off of floppy disks before we even had operating systems like Windows. I was born in the mid 80’s, so by the time I was ten I was hooked on my Nintendo console, used my desktop computer every day, and eagerly anticipated every new console or major game release. I can’t even imagine how many hundreds of hours I spent online with my friends playing PC games, especially when Half Life released the Counterstrike mod and STEAM debuted. For a time, PC gaming was my favorite since it had the most amount of games and the most realistic graphics.
I’d come home from school every day and play Command & Conquer: Red Alert until my mom physically kicked me off the computer.
How do you play an online 1st person shooter with crazy lag? You don’t. You just sit, wait, and curse at your screen!
I was simply tired of keeping up with the PC hardware and software updates I seemed to constantly be needing for every new game that came out. I can’t even remember how many video cards, sound cards, and RAM chips I went through in the 90’s! Every once in a while I’d give in to my constant urge to try new games exclusive to PC and I’d pick one up, but rarely did I ever have a game install and run smoothly. Something always went wrong, whether it was hardware or software compatibility issues, driver updates, display errors or ridiculous lag, I could never just buy a game and jump into the game-play.
I’ve been waiting my entire life for graphics to catch up to my imagination.
For people like me, console gaming was heaven-sent, and until now I haven’t once considered going back to PC. Until now. Video game graphics are finally near the point that I, as a kid, always dreamed of, and some of the new open world, RPG’s, and action games coming out like “Escape from Tarkov” and “The Witcher 3” are pretty enticing. Still, I’m very hesitant to stray from the reliability and ease of play on my Xbox One, Playstation 4, and Nintendo consoles.
When I was a kid, this is what I thought video games should look like! It only took about 20 years but we’re finally here.
So do I stick to consoles or return to PC?
I would love to hear from my fellow gamers out there how you feel about the current state of PC gaming vs. consoles. I know this is a hot-button issue at times, especially for loyal PC users, but let’s keep this a friendly and open discussion, and respect each-other’s opinions! If you can make a rational, intelligent argument why I should invest again into a gaming computer, I may actually bite the bullet and re-join the PC gaming community.