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I just realized that I haven't written
an blog here in a very long time, but time flies by so fast and the
days go by in blurs. That is my excuse. And the fact that an error on
GI's part also erased my other blogs that I had. I didn't even have
time to say goodbye. May they rest in peace wherever they are.
Anyways, back on to the topic everyone
is so excited to hear about. This blog stems from the fact that I
visit several gaming sites and I always tend to go to the forums
because that's where the community interaction is at. Now, from the
past several months I have noticed some very pre-concievned notions
about PC gaming, and I'm here to set some facts straight. I'm sure some of you read my one of my blogs that was titled "My Journey into PC Gaming" which was here several months ago. In that blog, I listed some of the things I had come across into my first week of PC gaming. I'll try to go in more detail this time, but I don't have much time these days, so excuse me if there's something missing, I'll try my best to rectify it next time.
1) PC Gaming is dying!
I figured I'd start it off with this.
The age old phrase born even before the rise of the PC. In reality,
the PC is not dying, it's actually going stronger than ever before.
Steam, the leading digital distribution platform, recently broke the
record for 5 million concurrent users online at one time, while also
just recently restringing 40 million accounts. Also, Valve (they own
Steam in case you didn't know) also reported that they once again
have gotten an 100% increase in sales over last year, making it the
seventh year in a row, which is unheard of. Now Steam is not the only
player in the field for PC gaming, but it quite the biggest and there
are many other retailers which sales were not disclosed.
2) You need to spend $2,000+ for a
gaming PC / PC gaming is expensive!
Ah yes, the phrase used by some people
who have no clue what they're talking about. No, you don't need
$2,000 for a computer, not unless you want it to look like this:
In fact, I built my computer around
$850, and it can run almost every game at high settings with 30+ FPS.
Add to the fact that this computer will last me around a good 2-3
years with minimal changes. Although I do plan to juice it up even
more, I actually don't have to.
Also, PC gaming is actually very cheap.
Steam sales have really spoiled me, so much that I when I look at a
game around $60, in my mind I'll just say “wait for a Steam Sale”.
The sales are really quite good, and just this last Holiday Sale,
some other competitors were price-matching Steam, meaning the
consumers are the ones that profited in the end.
3) You need a PhD in Computer
Building to actually build a computer!
The truth of the matter is....you
don't. Surprising isn't it? Take me for an example. Only last summer
I had an XBOX 360 (friend's actually), and I didn't even know
anything about PC gaming at all. However, near the end of July, I got
some funds and I wanted to get a PC because I had always wanted one
since I had a really crappy computer. My original plan was to get a
pre-built since I had no idea how to build a computer, and at the
time HP was also offering a free 360 if I bought a PC. So I went on
some PC forums and asked for advice, and they gave me very helpful
insight. So, after reading through the advice, I ended up wanting to
build one. Now it seemed like a very intimidating task, but I wanted
to do it.
I remembered reading something on the
WoW forums back when I used to play WoW about some person that gave a
few tips about the CPU and the Motherboard for building a PC. So I
looked it up, and I got that info. Now onto the rest of the parts.
Once again, I went to the forums and asked people, and they gave me a
list of parts. It took a short while, and soon everything was
compatible and ready to go and the only thing that remained was to
order the parts. So I did just that, ordering the parts and soon they
arrived at my doorstep. Going through some Newegg videos on Youtube,
it took me 3-4 hours to put it all together (I wanted to take it
slow). So I wanted to a test run, and my finger hovered over the
power button. I took a breath and pushed it and....it worked!
Everything booted up correctly and soon after that I installed all
the necessary software, and I was golden!
So as you can see, this is coming from
someone that only last year did not know a single thing about PC
gaming much less what kind of parts I needed. And it's a good thing
that I never got the 360 because it would have been still in the box
if I had gotten it.
Unfortunately, I had some other stuff
to discuss, but since I'm running out of time, I will make another
blog post that will go in detail about PC gaming. Also, if any of you
guys have a question about PC's, don't hesitate to stop by the PC
Gaming Forum here on Game Informer. We try not to bite!
Thanks for reading my blog post, and
please leave your input below! Happy Gaming!
And as always, I leave you with a poll! (Although we technically don't have one here...)
Which PC Game are you looking forward to this year?