I Abandoned PC Gaming, But Now I’m Back & Here’s Why [MUO Gaming]

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Years ago, I was fully into gaming on my PC. I owned a PlayStation 2 and barely ever hit the power button to turn the thing on. I just did not see the value in console gaming and I was a PC gaming loyalist to the end. So I thought. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 launched with graphics that rivaled mid to upper range PCs and I figured it could not hurt to dabble in console gaming for a little while.

Fast forward a few years and my gaming PC was so weak that it could not even run Diablo 3 at higher than 10 frames per second. I realized I was out of the loop and I needed to get back in the game. The PC gaming world left me behind, and I needed to get back in the swing of things. I hit the Internet and bought a new PC. Nothing too crazy, but it runs almost everything at their max settings at 1080p.

So why did I feel the need to get back into PC gaming?

Graphical Supremacy

I will admit that graphics only draw me into a game, but they never keep me playing. Still, at this point in the life cycle of the consoles, the difference in graphical ability between a high-end PC and a console is staggering. A high-end first person shooter running a constant 50-60 frames-per-second on a PC looks absolutely incredible and current consoles are incapable of reproducing that experience.

As I said before, graphics are only a small part of the experience. However, I had forgotten how much a game with incredible visuals increases immersion into the world. A game that looks better makes you forget that you are playing a game. It makes you feel like you are a part of the world. After all, one of the reasons we play games is to be sucked into the world, and better visuals certainly enhance that feeling.

The MMO Factor

I swore I would never go back to World of Warcraft, but here I sit, writing this article while taking a break from adventuring in the world of Azeroth. They have tried to make console MMOs, and none of them have been worth becoming invested in.

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It all started with Diablo 3. I played so much Diablo 3 it makes me sad to think about it. Then, I wanted more. Diablo brings similar gameplay mechanics to most MMOs, but it lacks the “other people” part of the experience. Sure, you can play cooperatively, but it is really a single player game.

Diablo made me want a new PC; MMOs will keep me using it for some time. The fact is, the MMO is an experience only available to the PC gamer, and it was enough to bring me back to the dark side.

Steam

Steam is an incredible digital distribution platform. They practically have a stranglehold on the digital distribution of PC games, yet they constantly crank out fantastic deals like their recent summer sale. Not having to leave my house and still getting a good deal on games is something unique to the PC gamer, and it was something I was sorely missing on my consoles.

Sure, Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo offer games digitally, but they are not usually the newest releases, and they are almost never a good deal. With Steam, you get convenience and value, which are two things that rarely go together.

HDMI Video Cards

My go-to argument for why I switched to console gaming was, “I can sit on the couch and play games on my TV.” Almost every decent video card comes with HDMI out, so you can still enjoy PC games from your giant TV, just as you would a console. I was thinking about MMOs, shooters with a mouse and keyboard and prettier graphics, and they most certainly piqued my interest, but hooking it up to my TV put me over the edge.

Hooking your computer up to your TV with HDMI is awesome for gaming. It is also great for consuming video content. Forget Steam, forget MMOs; playing PC games on my TV in full 1080p is the main reason I went back, and it is something anyway who has turned away from PC gaming should consider.

Conclusion

Do not take this article as an attack against console gaming; I assure you it is not. I still love my consoles, and I will continue to play games on them. I see no reason we cannot all be console gamers and PC gamers (provided it’s in your budget). I had completely turned away from PC gaming, and it feels good to be back. Maybe you should consider dipping your toe into PC gaming again if you have abandoned it.

If you have stopped playing PC games, what would bring you back? Let us know in the comments!

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Comments (33)
  • Austen Gause

    no matter how hard they try consoles will only ever have the most advanced graphics for a short time pc’s will always be up to date because they can always be upgraded

  • Robert Mitchell

    pc games nowadays are only as good as your broadband connection. unfortunetly mine , like a lot of other people, is pure rubbish!! I have no choice now but to give up purchasing and playing pc games until I can either afford satalitte connection or wait til BT improve my broadband. (I will wait forever if I wait for BT!!)

  • pc gamer

    The current problem I have is as a Linux user, my choice in pc gaming is incredibly limited,good thing about pc gaming is “CLASSIC GAMING!” VIA MAME SEGA GENESIS SNES I purchased a PS3 to play Mortal Kombat

  • Jon

    The PC does a lot of things better than consoles.

    Graphics is certainly one of them.

    Controll is another – FPSs are undoubtedly better on pc – the mouse allows for smoother aiming – not the 8-axis clunkiness of controllers. You can always tell if you’re watching an FPS filmed using a controller on youtube due to this.

    RTS etc, too.

    And then there’s the Indie side of things. Have you played Minecraft on the PC? It’s brilliant, but it’s just not the same on a console (let alone the ‘pocket’ android version).

    Terraria? First out on the PC.

    FTL? Yet another among 100s and probably 1000s of indie games you can get for next to nothing on the PC

    Having said all this, I’m going to be buying a PS3 in the next few weeks for a few reasons:-
    * It’s not convenient for me to use my main TV as my PC monitor. I could, but my other half might object.
    * Red Dead Redemption. I love that game and it’s not out on the PC! 3rd person action games is where consoles stand (almost) shoulder to shoulder with PCs.
    * Bluray Playback – I *could* get a n-meter long HDMI cable for this, but having the PS3 under my tele with Move controllers etc is a less messy arrangement.
    * Sony Move Technology – this is just something I fancy trying…I might even have already bought a ‘Sharpshooter’ gun for it to try with titles like Resistance, Killzone and others.

    I’ll always be a PC gamer, but I’ll dip into the console from time to time, too.

    • Damian Yerrick

      If player 1 is using a mouse and keyboard, what do players 2, 3, and 4 use?

  • Adam Fry

    Yes PC gaming is superior – but so it should be at the price difference. Like javae says, you can buy an xbox360 for 400 bucks and get 5+ years of gaming out of it, whereas a $1000 PC will last maybe 16 months max before having to spend another few hundred bucks on upgrading. The author of the article clearly has a god job as I can’t afford a $1000 PC plus upgrades every 6 months! I would love a gaming rig, but a lot of us have to choose console or PC and console just makes more sense.

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