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4 Terrible Things About PC Gaming

"A few weeks ago, I wrote an enthusiastic piece about the games I was looking forward to playing on my new PC. This, however, is the complete antithesis to that upbeat article. This is the depressing Yang to the light and happy Yin I spewed all over the internets.

"I am going to point out some cold, hard truths that the PC Fanboys out there might dislike."

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dedicatedtogamers1391d ago

Seems like this person is new to PC gaming.

1. Teh HAXXORZ
The PS3 and 360 have proven that hackers can be just as prevalent in popular games. He uses the example of DayZ, a popular MOD. You're mad that a mod is getting hacked? Be grateful you can even HAVE mods on PC
2. You be missing drivers
Drivers have been a part of PC gaming since...forever, and it's not that big of a deal. It can sometimes be a pain for about 3% of PC games out there, but mostly for older games. The author's example sounds like he has a crap PC.
3. Where's the space?
Isn't the same true for consoles and (lol) smartphones? At least PCs have an easy option to add more space. Yes, PC games are big but the advantage is that you usually don't have to hassle with discs. And guess what? Transfer those big games you're not playing to your big data drive then transfer them back when you're actually going to play them. Easy.
4. Defective parts
Yeah, that NEVER happens to consoles. Wasn't there this one..oh... I forget... "Red Ring" fiasco? At least on PC you can swap the part instead of the whole system.

Rageanitus1391d ago

Agreed.... its the same excuses apple users say when talking about PC's yes its more open but the problems only occur when the USER messes around

Rageanitus1391d ago

Agreed.... its the same excuses apple users say when talking about PC's yes its more open but the problems only occur when the USER messes around.

Just like spyware on your computer

T9001391d ago (Edited 1391d ago )

"Great Picture"

I think its misconception created by the media. Tbh ever since the advent of Windows 7, PCs in general have been darn stable.

I have had Windows 7 installed on some of my PC since launch day, there yet hasnt been a crash, its that darn stable, Nvm a format and a reinstall.

I think PCs over time have gotten to be very user friendly, While its rather the consoles that have become a headache(ill explain later).

The article complains about:

Hacks- Its funny they mention hacks then criticize the PC, Its PC gaming that has dedicated servers which may be used to ban hackers. Rathers its consoles where users have no control over whom to ban or do anything in this matter.

Missing drivers- About the only driver that needs a update every odd month is the Graphics driver. Which too isnt a requirement. It may be done at your leisure. Its simular to getting a firmware update on consoles. Yet on consoles if a firmware update comes, you are bound to take that update before you can play. Its like a requirement on you. With PC you may do an update at your will.

Where did all the space go? - Seriously if anything its the consoles that come fitted with very small hard drives and are much limited in this aspect than the PC. In fact its the PC that can be equipped with multiple hard drives to overcome the Space issue, good luck getting that even on the next gen consoles lol.

Tower Critical- Personally if cooled well PC parts can last a very long time. One of my PCs is 4 years old now I bought the original I7 back in 2008. Its darn more reliable than a console. In this day and age its the consoles that generally die within 2-3 years then need to be completely replaced(hello RROD, YLOD). Whats good about PC a single part goes bad you can get it replaced on warranty no need to throw away the entire box. PSU went bad, get a replacement with your warranty, GPU went bad again if there is warranty use it. PC parts generally have 5 year warranties. Good luck getting those on consoles.

I think most of the points mentioned on the article are rather baseless and are infact better on the PC than on any other machine, be it even consoles.

Abriael1392d ago TrollingShowReplies(1)
TopDudeMan1392d ago

Yeah, it's still totally worth it, regardless.

Blackdeath_6631392d ago (Edited 1392d ago )

yeah i agree. as long term solution its definitely worth it besides most of those problems are non existant if you know what you are doing. one thing that boggles my mind is that many console gamers also have a laptop/desktop or some other form of pc why dont they just get a gaming pc that can do all those things at the same time! while my only issue with pc gaming is the cost if you look at the bigger picture its actually also much cheaper.

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vulcanproject1391d ago (Edited 1391d ago )

Never been easier to get into PC gaming. Gone are the days of driver hunting for the most part, so many things are simplified. Obviously PC gaming isn't as easy or as fast even now to initially use as a console, but once the time and effort has been put into creating the machine it......is.

I have had a stable machine for a very long time now and it has been forever since i have done anything but update the graphics drivers, which are automatically found for me and a few clicks gets them updated!

As for broken hardware then sure, anything can break.

The difference is with a PC you only have to replace the broken piece. I have had broken consoles which have been replaced then i have to jump through those DRM hoops too!

Added to the fact that most quality PC parts have impressive warranties. I have had many components that have 'lifetime' warranties, including graphics cards. Most of the parts however actually have a 3 year warranty.

I have already had 2 broken PS3s, which I forked out over 100 quid to fix, and about 5 broken 360s since it launched.

Using broken hardware is hardly a good argument in favour of console IMO....

decrypt1391d ago (Edited 1391d ago )

@Army_of_Darkness

Console gamers... dont care about graphics, its why Wii is the number one selling console this gen.

Hell even the PS3, 360 gamers may think they are playing on some high end hardware but really they are just playing on 6 year old locked down PCs.

In regards to the thread. My youngest brother who's 13 years old now, plays only on the PC. He plays games like:

BF3, TF2, Red Orchestra.

Guess what he was 11 years old when i got him his first PC. He hardly ever has a problem with his PC in regards to drivers or any sort of trouble shooting. I guess people complaining on N4G either have the IQ below that of an 11 year old's or simply haven't given PC gaming a serious try, Personally i think in most cases its the latter.

Anon19741392d ago (Edited 1392d ago )

Maybe it's worth it for you, but all these reasons just eventually made me shrug and give up on PC gaming years ago. Over the years I've had multiple dead videocards, RAM, drives, power supplies and motherboards. I've fought countless hours over decades of PC gaming with drivers. As a father of two, my gaming time is limited these days. I'll be damned if I'm going to waste a minute of my gaming time tweaking settings or fiddling with drivers or upgrading hardware. That's what I love about consoles. The sheer convenience of it.

If I was a young man with nothing but time on my hands, I'd probably still be into PC gaming but for me the pros don't even come close to outweighing the cons. This article is right on the money.

Edit: I just read wynams comment below. I'm in the exact same boat. I'm a tech guy, a developer, a programmer. It's not a matter of being computer illiterate. I did the PC gaming thing, now I just don't have the time or inclination. Once I went consoles, it was just heaven for me. My PS3 with PSN+, my Vita and my 360, I'm an extremely satisfied gamer. And on top of it, the majority of games I want to play are on consoles, with many never seeing PC release.

Norrison1391d ago

Seriously, those problems are non existent for every PC gamer I know. If you knew what you're doing when building a PC and installing your programs, you wouldn't get a single problem

R6ex1391d ago

Like darkride66, I'm giving up PC gaming once PS4 arrives.

Having ditched the consoles for a powerful gaming rig, my quality gaming experience disappeared. Frustration is what comes to mind every time I play game on the PC. I don't like the keyboard. Its troublesome to map keys on the Aimon PS Elite. Not all games can be played on the Xbox Wireless controller. Drivers get screwed up. Firmware gets corrupted. No sound. Difficult to lay back on the couch with the mouse etc. etc.

Sure. The PC's graphics rocks, but come PS4, I'm not going back to the PC for a good few years. As a busy working adult, time is really really precise. That 1 or 2 hours max of free time per day, must be quality. Consoles allow you to just power-up the system and play. Wasting the night on installation, drivers update, modifying settings etc. isn't exactly quality time.

Bolts1391d ago

Like the poster above just said. Know WTF you're doing then you'll be just fine. I have never spend a night looking for drivers and tweaking my settings in a decade of PC gaming and this after playing some really bad release day turds. The recent Dead Island and Rage games come to mind.

But just like everyone else I'm waiting for the nextgen. BF 3 showed me that this gen of consoles are done for.

WiiUalpha1391d ago

The only game I ever had issues with on my PC was Unreal 2k4. Other than that one single game I havent had issues with PC games since this millenium began. Yeah back in the days of Civ 2 or tiefighter maybe but those days are over...

Seems odd that so many people are just now bringing that up. Guess it's just a case of console gamers reading a complaint somewhere and running with it like its fact.

@Darkride, I've been a PC gamer for 25 years or more. In all that time I have only had 2 issues with my PCs. One had a modem fail and the other had a video card fail. You must not take very good care of your PC if you go through all those broken pieces.

My guess is you arent really a PC gamer at all or even old enough to be a father of 2. Your entire post sounds more like someone who just wants to pretend to be a PC gamer in order to justify your stance.You are taking things beyond the extreme of what reality is in your post.

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MEsoJD1391d ago

I grew up gaming on pc and consoles. That said, the last few years pc gaming has overshadowed my consoles. Hell I have Dark Souls(favorite ps3 game) in native 1080p running at 60fps through a simple mod. I think pc gaming has never been better. Also I don't buy the whole, it's too expensive argument. If a piece of hardware is slowing down, I just replace that part. The majority of users here use pcs so why not load up steam? To each his own and I still love console exclusives.

General Shrooms1392d ago

Those are only problems if you are computer illiterate.

Vladplaya1392d ago

Quote for the truth.

Except the cheaters, and even than, its not quite the PCs fault, but rather the company that makes the game, if they wanna do something about cheats, you won't run into cheaters very often at all. DayZ is a mod, so the guy can't even do anything about the cheats as he doesn't own ARMA's source code.

Either way, pointless articles is pointless, you have hard time with PC, stick with your console and be happy, while rest of the smart people would be enjoying superb gaming experiencing on their computers with minimal hassle, just because they can...

SnotyTheRocket1392d ago

I love the games on PC, but hate the Community (most of it, anyway). I can't go through a round of BF3 without being accused of using "TEH 1337 hAx0rZ", it gets annoying.

frjoethesecond1391d ago

Agree. Also hate the attitude of a lot of PC gamers that console players are ignorant peasants. The ones who shun one platform over another are the ignorant ones IMO.

All consoles and PC gaming master race FTW!!

TekoIie1391d ago (Edited 1391d ago )

I only play RTSes on PC but I ussually find very nice people :)

Probs because it's a team game sometimes.

Irishguy951392d ago (Edited 1392d ago )

There are two, the first is, lack of split screen
The second is...once you go Pc, it's hard to play on a console again

*Runs back to Cave

The_KELRaTH1392d ago

I enjoying gaming on both PS3 and PC. These days though it's the PS3 that will lock-up mid game requiring a reboot far far more than my PC. I've also had to replace 2 PS3's due to BR drive failures (MW2 texture streaming killed the 1st).
I've been a PC gamer for many years and over time issues with PC drivers, OS errors have reduced an awful lot but unfortunately there's been a big increase in poorly coded games that are released with little testing and cause issues with the PC and consoles too (can't comment on the 360 but there plenty of game issues on the PS3).
As for the article, I think it was highly exaggerated and just written to get attention.