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My name is Hector (AcidSnake87 on youtube) and I want to share with you experience with both Console gaming and PC gaming. I’ve had almost every console to ever get released. I even had almost every Gameboy ever to be released. I was so obsessed with gaming, that I wanted it all growing up. Now at the age of 24, I’m slowly coming back to PC gaming, as it has proven to be most wonderful form of gaming I’ve had in years. Prior to me getting my custom built gaming PC just 3 weeks ago, I was pro Playstation 3. I have an Xbox 360, but it collects dust as I am not one to be persuaded into thinking a console is better just because the online service is flashy. I am a gamer and gamers care about the games, not how over the top the online is. On top of that, the online “features” of Xbox Live pale in comparison to what you can do with a PC…for free.
Like everyone, I had a PS2 when it was released. I enjoyed the plethora of games the console offered. To this day, I consider the PS2 to have the most powerful library of any console. Than, something tragic happened. At the age of 17, I was hit by a car while crossing the street. The man who hit me was of course on his cell phone and even ran a stop before hitting me. After 1 week in the hospital, I was told I wasn’t going to walk for a year. This mind fucked me, and I was literally depressed for the first month. My father asked if there was anything he could do to help me conquer this depression. I have been wanting a new computer since my old one was just crap. So my old man came through and got me a decent Dell PC. Nothing flashy, but better than nothing. I was very grateful.
Shortly after receiving my new computer, I had heard about a game called Final Fantasy XI. I also remember playing Counter Strike with my friends at the local Internet cafe after school. Long story short, in very little time, I became a PC gamer. I took full advantage of everything computers offer. Not only can one game on a PC, but you do everything else all in one place. Gaming on a PC is not convenient, but rewarding. There are all types of gaming computers, ranging from different prices ranges so that everyone can join in on the fun. For the more hardcore PC gamers, you can build one from scratch and create a monster. Now, I got my PC even before Socom was released, so online console gaming was not exactly introduced yet. As the years progressed, my Dell PC got taken over by viruses and spyware. I didn’t feel like investing the time to learn more about PC’s and how to repair them, so I kinda just gave up on PC gaming for the time being.
Than comes the Xbox 360. I was one of the first people to buy one amongst my friends and immediately joined in on the massive Call of Duty uprising. Than comes the PS3, which had literally no strong firmware at all. It did however, have some pretty slick games. As the years progressed, I started missing PC gaming. I felt stupid paying for Xbox Live. The amount of features you get are nothing compared to what you can do with a PC. From a business stand point, the team at Microsoft are geniuses. They charge 50$-60$ a year just so that you can have access to some extra simple features. Features that I honestly believe should be free. Why should I have to pay money to send someone a voice message on a console? Why should I have to pay to be able to talk to my friends over different games? Microsoft is taking advantage of the casual crowd, making them feel like that they are getting the royal treatment when in reality, these features have been on the PC for years. For. Free.
So why did I pay for Xbox Live? Well, it’s honestly because I can afford the fee. It’s not like 50-60$ is a lot of money. It’s the same price as a video game so sure, why not. All my friends were playing so I didn’t want to feel left out. Though, deep down, I was feeling pretty stupid. Like I said, the strategy team at Microsoft are beyond genius. Give gamers a small taste of PC gaming with a cheap PC (Xbox 360 is technically a PC. They are built just like cheap PC’s, hence why they are so easy to develop for) and charge money for free features. It’s brilliant. The amount of money generated from Xbox Live’s yearly fee alone keeps Microsoft on top.
After a while, I got really into my PS3. The games were coming in left and right. Games I really enjoyed. Not only were the games amazing, the online was free. PSN, while not flashy like Xbox Live, get’s the job done and has come along way in terms of firmware updates. Sony has done an amazing job maintaining PSN and keeping gamers loyal with the nonstop release of triple A exclusives. As a long time gamer, I feel connected with the Playstation franchise and will always respect how they operate.
Now enter today, I’m typing this article on my custom rig, capable of making games look 10x better than already powerful games like Uncharted 3 and Killzone 3. As a gamer with a career, I felt it was time to return to PC gaming. It’s been a week since I put the rig together, and I’m having the time of my life. It feels great playing games on max settings and being able to access a plethora of features, free games, and media, all in one place. Not only does PC gaming offer more control, customization, and experiences, the community is just awesome. Those who knock PC gaming, obviously never played on a monster rig. How would you feel if I told you a $400 PC can play games like Assassins Creed II on max settings, literally making the console versions look like a joke? Now imagine a $3,000 PC? See where I’m going? PC gaming to me is where serious gamers who want the best graphics, frame rates, and control go. Consoles restrict games. Consoles have issues. Console online experiences will never match the ever growing capabilities of PC’s.
As your reading this, your probably saying to yourself, “wow this guy is exaggerating”. While I may come off as a bit of a jerk, talking down console gaming, it’s not without reason. I own a 360, PS3, and PC. I have experienced each for years. This is years of experiences typing this article. PC gaming is where it’s at. You want the best experience money can buy, than buy a gaming rig. Think about all the money you spend on consoles. You buy games for 60$ on console, they are $40-$50 on PC and are more powerful. You spend money on Xbox Live and accessories for both your PS3 and Xbox 360. If you tally up all the money you spent over the years on 2 consoles alone…you could have simply built a monster rig and enjoy the same games with better graphics, online, and community.
Hope you guys enjoyed my little story and as always, thank you for hitting up Thug-Geek.com.
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