Gamers-Association editor Ridge Dermody has recently discovered the joys of PC gaming, and despite being a devout console gamer thinks PC is doing some things consoles should consider.
I approve of cheaper prices and more sales. I disapprove of mandatory installs and DRM.
Well get used to the mandatory installs and DRM because Microsoft is bringing the heat, WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
H*ll yeah, Brotha! Mandatory installs left and right! DRM popping off in 4 dimenions!
you forgot one of these @zealOus #dealwithit
Why is the term drm so misused? Consoles always have drm, it just hasn't been an online check yet. You can't backup a console game unless you tie it to your account, which requires online activation. Pick your poison I guess.
@kevnb Agreed. Consoles gamers kept using the old atrocious DRM argument against PC gaming when their own consoles are practically physical DRMs (I remember reading that one of the processors in the PS3 is set as some sort of DRM). Intel and MS tried to apply that to the ill-fated Pentium 5 but failed since the PC is too open for one corporation to monopolize. Now that MS is making their own hardware, they can DRM the whole system to their own liking. What's wrong with mandatory installs? All of your games are there inside that one device with no fumbling around with DVDs between games. It'll help the hardware access the game files faster than an optical drive.
Mandatory installs were pretty much required this past generation as well though. On a few games it required second disk install on the 360, or really large mandatory downloads on the ps3. Just saying its not a new concept for consoles.
DRM.. That's the annoying thing that has been fixed due to piracy and cracks. DRM ruined games this generation, and hackers made those games playable. Not that I condone hacking and piracy, but obviously its there. It looks like xboxone is getting jail broken early this generation as outside sources have had to fix all of MS's crappy mistakes as of late.
wut you LIKE switching disks every time you wanna play a different game? and exactly what kind of DRM are you talking about? It almost seems like console gamers believe steam is impacted by Sony root kits. I'm sure the old school pc folk remember this one. It's a good thing Sony isn't in any position to infect hardware with malware like DRM. Oh wait..
You want me to have to pop in a disc to play a game? No thanks! How am I supposed to keep the hundred of game discs on my steam account?
Yeah all platforms have bad things but pc is looking good. But I like sony games also.
nah...things are just fine....but I see your point .....#downwithdrm
Wait, "down with" as in "kill it," or "down with" as in like your game or cool with it?
I used to hate Steam... but quite honestly Steam is awesome. It's the only DRM that currently WORKS! Plus it almost guarantee's bw compatablity.
What is the difference between their drm and that offered by others?
1) Almost FULL backwards compatablity ( I can still play very old games 2) If i really wanted to share my games with a close friend or family member I am ok in providing my account and I wont have to worry about any other consequences 3)unlimited download times (in case I change computers or my computer crashes) 4) if I download a game and my computer is a bit slow, I am sure future computer setup's will alow me to run the game perfectly fine.
1) Can you not use origin on other PCs? 2) So in other words its not really lending a game it letting someone use your account, your entire account meaning you cannot play any of your games an long as that person is logged in(DRM) 3) Even apple allows you to download your games/apps as much as you want 4) Seriously this is nit picking at it finest, future computer setups, you mean upgrading spending money on new parts The point I am making is that steam is overrated these special feature are available on nearly enough every other platform.
Can't go wrong with steam pricing. Just got Alan Wake full series for $4 and both Batman: GOTY editions are $5 each now.
I got Alan Wake last week I think via humblebundle for 1 dollar!!!
The whole Alan Wake series for a buck.:eek:oops that doesn't work here. But DD sites are the future and Steam is pretty good, the crazy good deals are a major plus. July can't come soon enough, my wallet is hiding already.
Backwards compatibility, the ability to access games from anywhere, the ability to make backup copies of games and of course, as mentioned in the article, humble indie bundles. Believe it that if MS isn't doing humble indie bundles now (heck, they don't even let indies self-publish on their consoles) they aren't going to do them if they can get a monopoly on the used game market. As much as I love the games I have on Steam, I still prefer console when I want to play console-style games. It's so unfortunate that we're moving away from that convenience...except for the Wii U.
lol yeah right. PC gaming should be more like console gaming. All PC games should support controllers and should have the simplicity of just install and play without and extra tweaking just to get the game to work properly.
Pretty much all PC/Console multiplat support controller. Alot of PC exclusive games support controller too aside from the games that can only be functional with a mouse and keyboard. Install and play is all you do and you only tweak graphics settings to your liking, not sure where you're getting your "facts" from.
No facts just personal experience. I tried playing ME3 on my AMD A6 laptop and it was a disaster. No controller support and I had to configure my sound adapter. And there are no game type that can't work with a controller. RTS games included.
@demobot - ME3 to my recollection had perfectly fine 360 controller support. I don't know if there's worse support for non-MS controllers though. There are no game "type" but there are games that fundamentally don't work on controllers because of control schemes designed to make use of the inherent advantage of keyboards, namely how many gosh darn buttons they have, or make use of the inherent advantage of mice, namely the fact that you get mouse control. There are utilities to make LITERALLY any game playable with a controller, such as XPadder, but (for example) trying to map mouse controls to a thumbstick is a recipe for disaster and is incredibly unpleasant and tedious to use. A simple example of a game built around mouse control is Minecraft, and I can already predict a response that says "see, Minecraft is on 360!" You're correct. However, they have a feature whereby the controller "sticks" to item slots in the inventory. Trying to use XPadder or Minecontrol or similar on PC, where that feature does not exist, results in frustration trying to manipulate inventory, which is an incredibly massive part of the game as a whole.
Good luck playing any game with ground targeting with a controller. It's a nightmare. MOBA games like LoL would be a pain as well. Controller also has a limited number of buttons unlike a keyboard. The trade off is that the controller is arguably more comfortable to use. From my personal experience, I haven't really had an issue (I even emulate an xbox controller for Dualshock 3). Laptops with integrated graphics are generally bad too. You would've been better off getting the game on console. With that said, a laptop without a real graphics card isn't what I'd call a real experience.
Try M&KB buddy, you know the tried and true way. Fps games are best on mouse and keyboard. Tweaking to get the game to run good is half the fun.
Your fun and my fun are 2 totally different things. I just want the game to work without a hitch or tweaking. Something that PC games still fail to do.
@linsolv I used a wired Xbox 360 PC controller and there was zero respose from ME3. I had to get Xpadder just to get the controller to work. Then I gave up when I realized taht I could aim or do anything aswell as I could on the 360 itself I gave up. Secondly I game in my living room on a nice 70 inch t.v. I have no time or patience to setup a keyboard and mouse. Lastly I have played all kinds of socally PC centric games on consoles and they have worked out just fine with a controller.
thats would be nice but thats what makes console different form PC, in all honesty i love PC gaming but if i had to choose console for me is where its at.
Consoles definitely need permanent, intergenerational accounts with backwards compatibility. This next gen should hopefully be the start of that.
That is also one advantage of PC. Games from many years ago are still playable on a computer built this year. It's almost like infinite backwards compatibility.
If consoles could make my mouse/keyboard available to play and have my Strategy games, i would be there. LOL what am I saying, no freaking way! I play PC because of the mouse and keyboard and strategy games. But I also have two kids that play games. If we all want to play Grid 2 on a console we are looking at $59.99 per person. But on PC I am looking at $25 per person. Big difference when you buy 10 games in a year for 3 people!
Consoles are just a joke, you don't get the bonus of gaming on pc but you get the negative points. YOLOSWAG
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