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When I first became a "gamer" way back in 19, er...when I
first became a "gamer" way back when, there wasn't really such thing as PC
gamers and/or console gamers. I don't even really think gamer was a title.
There were people who played games on their computers - maybe an Apple or a
Tandy or like me...a Commodore 64 (128 if you were really cool). And there were
people who played games on their Nintendo. I can remember (at least in my house
and town) Nintendo was used to describe any ole video game playing device, much
like we generally call cotton swabs Q-Tips even though that's the brand, or
depending on where you live, you call any dark carbonated beverage a Coke. I
can remember getting told to "turn that **** Nintendo off so I can watch the
news" (we had one TV) and I'd be like, "You mean the Atari?"
So I truly grew up playing both - consoles and computers.
I'm not sure when gamers started labeling gaming that occurred
on a computer "PC gaming" but I imagine it was probably in the 90s when the
8086 line of processors came out and gained in popularity. Man, if you had a
486 DX4 100 you were a cool kid. At least until the Pentium line came out. I'd
say (I'm just guessing) console gaming became console gaming around the time
the Xbox and Playstation came out. I never remember hearing gamers say the NES
or SNES or Sega were consoles and if you played them you were a console gamer.
That could be just me though.
Why do I mention all that? Well certainly not to bore you. I'm
just trying to paint the picture I grew up with both and have been playing both ever
since. If you asked me to choose, I'd tell you I'm a hardcore PC gamer. But if
you were to examine my gaming behavior, that might not be totally correct.
I think I'll always consider myself a PC gamer regardless of
what happens, but I find I'm starting to play more and more games on console
and less and less games on computer. Especially my beloved shooters. I'm not
quite sure why that is, but I have a few thoughts.
Having witnessed so many new games on the horizon - awesome games;
beautiful games; huge games...I always have to ask myself, "Can I run that?" Far
Cry 4 looks amazing. And if it's anything like it's predecessor, I'm sure it
will be. But if my computer can't run it, I'm not going to think that about the
game. But if I get it on console, I know it's going to run it. It's going to
run on mine just like it would run it on yours (if you have the same console
I find myself already planning on games I want to get...and
getting them for a console. This was really emphasized with many of the demos
and trailers shown at E3.
One example that happened here recently was with Watch_Dogs. I really love this game and
can admit it's in the running for my game of the year (and I don't even own it
yet). I considered getting it for PC, but two guys I work with admitted they
had problems getting it to run well. One of the guys is sporting a top of the
line gaming rig greatly exceeding the recommended specifications. Yet he still
has problems with it. The other guy had to tweak all the setting and turn some
of them down just to get the game to run stable. I played the game on an Xbox
One and it ran fine. So, I will be getting the...yep, you guessed it...the
console version. It's not that I would rather play it on that than my PC, but I don't
want to buy a game just to test it and see how well it runs. I'd rather just
buy it and know how it will run.
It's not just the performance though. It's a few other
For example, I find switching between using a keyboard +
mouse and a controller takes a lot to get used to. I'm not the most nimble gamer
and it takes me a long time to get proficient with controls and how to use
them. I can play Titanfall on console just fine, but moving over to PC and I'm
horrible. Because I'm used to using a controller. I've played so many games on
console that I would normally have played on my PC, that now whenever I try to
play something on PC I really struggle with it.
Besides performance and the control configuration, I also
like playing the multiplayer on a console because I seem to have more friends (at
least more friends I want to play MP with) to choose from.
If it is indeed true and I'm slowly migrating towards
console, I guess it's not a bad problem to have. In the end it will potentially
save me time and money (I bought Thief on PC and don't like it because it doesn't
run very well).
What do you call a gamer who says he's a PC gamer but plays
all of his games on console? I don't know, lazy maybe? I still can't believe
this is happening to me. I said it never would.
I'm sure you have a platform preference, but has it ever
changed over time? Why do you suppose that is?