Do you know what the opportunities are in PC gaming? They’re probably better than you think. The PC gaming market is much bigger than consoles, both in installed base and in money made.
MMO's are where the money is on PC. Blizzard pulls in more money a month than a large majority of games can only to get in lifetime sales.
World of Warcraft is where the money is, not MMO's. Other MMO's would love to do 1% as well as Blizzard have done. If a game is good then it will sell well no matter what the genre, look at Civ 5, The Witcher 2 and Minecraft.
no. but I hear a clicking sound. I think my hard drive is failing.
only problem with PC gaming is having to upgrade yourr computer to play a new game
not really, I was rocking my 8800 GTX for quite awhile before I upgraded and will probably be using my GTX 470 for awhile as well as it will be able to run BF3 nicely. If you think you have to upgrade with every new major release...well that is just not a bright thing to do. EDIT: Only thing I need to swap out of my PC is my MB and CPU as the Q6600 is pretty dated lol
The 8800 GTX came out at one of the best times ever. It was good bang for the buck and happened to hit the sweetest spot I have ever seen a graphics card hit. A phenomenon if you will, I have yet to see another card hit that spot yet. Which is why if you look at various cards now on newegg. You will see plenty of people having to upgrade from the nvidia 200 and amd 4000 series higher cards. Even though most of those cards barely just turned 2 years old. Even now some of the current cards costing in the range of 240 to 299. Still can not run everything currently out 60fps 1080p. Some of the ones at the top of that range still drop to their 40's in fps.
Not the only problem. What about games like Red Dead Redemption and LA Noire???
Not as frequently as people think though. Any smart person will only have to upgrade their PC once. Starting from 06, you'll have to upgrade probably in 09, for instance, and then you're good to go for the rest of the gen.
That depends on where the industry is at the time you build your PC. If it is in a transition like it was when I bought a GTX275 end of July a little under 2 years ago then you would be upgrading. The card was already struggling to run quite a few games at 1280x768 never mind 1080.
lol no. My GTX 260 Core 216 is still holding up very well even with all the newest, most technically demanding games out there. And all my other parts are complete ass that are most likely holding back my GPU!
Same here. The 260 runs all games really well, despite the rest of my system being old as heck (a little over 5 years to be precise).
you mean every 3 - 5 years? Beside Crysis 1, Metro 2033 & BF3 there would be no reason to upgrade. Hardly anyone will upgrade for MW3 I'm sure. & I am sure you think it costs $15,000 to play cod. How much sense does it make to upgrade to play a game that is on an non upgradeable device?
Not really. Just compare a low to mid range PC with specs found in either the 360/PS3
Upgrading is optional. The chance that you would need to upgrade every year to play most games is very slim. If you make a great PC you will not need to upgrade for a while unless you like using the newest parts. I think these gaming publishers should be paying more attention to PC gaming. Tech is gets better way to fast to keep a gen of consoles around any longer then 5 years MAX. We have seen this gen that PC's destroy consoles because of such a long gap of tech. People that I know are now moving to PC gaming because of this. Granted, consoles help the tech by giving devs time to optimize and learn how to use the tech that we have better but there is always a limit. Sony, M$, and nintendo should be taking note also. After next gen they might want to start going with PC gaming instead of console or just focus on both. Sony could have games like uncharted, killzone, granturismo, etc... on the PC and playstation. They would make far more money and same goes with M$ and nintendo. Eventually sony, M$ and nintendo might just become game publishers like EA and activision to make more money.
Exclusives drive the console not only in sales but showcase what the system can do. As well as securing great games that people will want to buy that are only on that system. The reason I have a PC/PS3 setup is because there are tons of games I love to play on PS3. An the games on 360 I cared to play I can play on PC. On top of that I still can play games like DOWII and Witcher 2. There is an experience I have with my PS3 that I do not have on my PC. An there is an experience I have on my PC that I don't on my PS3. They both play important rolls and should stay that way. Sony should never give up one of the biggest keys to their Playstation brands success the GAMES.
Yeah, I built my HD5870, 8gig DDR3 RAM, and Phenom x4 @ 3.6ghz for almost 2 years now and can play anything maxed. You DON'T have to upgrade nearly as often as console fanboys would have you believe. Even a medium-PC rig would outdo what the consoles are capable of.
How much did you spend on it at the time though? An be truthful because I built my rig 2 years ago come next month. So I know how expensive the parts you listed already were at the time. That is of course if you built it from scratch like I did. No need to include the monitor as I'm just talking about the PC itself.
My newegg.com invoice came to $790.93. I already owned a case but still had to upgrade my power supply for the new CPU and GPU requirements.
PC gaming is the best. PC gamers are the worst. Full of big heads. Games like WoW and L4D2 have the worst communities in gaming. I do most of my gaming on a laptop, cue the derogatory. I'd give those geeks a good kicking in real life as well.
Horse shit! The platform is opinion. I prefer PC gaming only, I love Popeye's chicken too, screw KFC. The community changes moment by moment, there are some dicks here, some are PC gamers, some are consolers. There are assholes everywhere there are people. I drive with a large group of them everyday going to work.
Watch out, that news4geeks is a hardman. He's the toughest guy in his own bedroom.
I have no idea what you are talking about. If anything, most of the PC community is great, and not a bunch of 10 year old kids who are yelling "u faggut hurhur ur mom" every time they die. Play something like Counterstrike, and I guarentee somewhere in there you'll find a server you'll get attatched to and regular it due to the people. 99% of servers in Counterstrike (and most PC games) have a kind of community you really can never really replicate in consoles, a lot having to do with console matchmaking, the people, and lack of an easy way to text chat. And most of the games are like that.
I cant stand PC gamers...big headed hardware morons the bunch of em. That said gaming is ofc best on a PC...I just chose not to...
there are some dbags out there but you get that everywhere.
The difference is though that the douchebags on consoles are usually just immature teenagers. The douchebags on PC are normally in their 20s/30s and think they are awesome because they have the best PC in eastern europe. I had some nerd in his 30s bawling at me in L4D2 for no good reason. I would have battered him if he talked to me like that in person.
Yes ofc, not all PC gamers are like that ofc. But the degree of stupidity on the PC community is just so horrible. And as news4geeks says, many if not most PC gamers are people in their 20s/30s...and that is just scary. I'll take a stupid child over a stupid adult anyday...
Ok guys I got to say this. You guys are bashing PC gamers and stereotyping them. While on a PC typing in a PC article.
Saryk, they all type on their PS3 controllers. Or their iPhones.
@Saryk you know my car gets 35mpg, stops on a dime and has great AC. Though in a car show competition non of that sh*t matters to the judges. Same with this discussion it doesn't matter that you can use office 2010 on your PC. We are talking about gaming on one and that is it.
This discussion is PC gamers being assholes. The topic of the article is PC gaming. And at what point before this, did I jerk your chain.......
'That said gaming is ofc best on a PC' Well, we can agree on that at least. (Although I do like console gaming as well)
Not for me. I would rather have a 55" LED and a joystick. Just can't rock a mouse and keyboard. Not my thing, sorry.
You are aware you can hook a PC up to a TV and use a controller right?
Not for everything.
no, for everything, joypadder exists for a reason.
Maybe its just me, but I don't feel that I should update for a single game. People talk about not needing to update, but if you really want the best your going to have to. There is an "elite" PC range. I don't like the concpet that "to look the best I have to spend the most." I love consoles because my PS3 and 360 look like everyone elses PS3 and 360.
@Nac Of course you upgrade for games. Every new console generation is a hardware upgrade that allows you to play new games. I'm sure you didn't play Uncharted on your PS2.
Don't play stupid, you know what I mean. A new console generation isn't simply an "upgrade," to old tech. My point is, I spend $400-ish bucks once 5-6(maybe longer given how long the cycles become) years and everyone is on the same level. I would rather drop $400 once than have to upgrade every 2-3 years for the best product. There is a reason the best for a console comes at the end, the developers squeeze everything out of it as opposed to simply moving along. I have to respect that. Pardon me, I must be the ultimate asshole for having a preference.
ahhhh....i don't know how much longer i can go on defending pc gaming of course it is better than console gaming in every way imaginable better graphics cheaper games no jaggies everywhere making your eyes bleed in disgust free maps/mods/total coversions dedicated servers more community/teamwork/clan support/ voip options better variety of games (consoles mainly have fps,tps, platformers) there are so many reasons to pc game, but the console sheep constantly say... "you gotta spend $10,000 for a good pc" "you gotta play on a 17" monitor" "keyboard and mouse is too hard for me, i have no opposable thumb" "pc games are only for rts/mmo" The iq of the uninformed is so low that it becomes difficult and tiring trying to reason with someone like the stubborn console gamer. Have you guys seen idiocracy, remember when Not Sure is trying to explain/discuss the possibilities of time travel with Frito....that's how i feel. http://www.youtube.com/watc...
Ignorance doesn't make one dumb. But dumb people are usually ignorant =).
You get tired of defending it, well I get tired of stating why the reason you gave have flaws. Better graphics- Yes obviously but not everyone has a computer that can run said game. Therefore that on its own starts the fragmentation in differentiating experiences. Also doesn't matter much when the game you want to play is only on console and a lot of great games are. Cheaper games- That has become more and more debatable as of late when talking current games. Most games on consoles can be be had for 49.99 or lower at some give point before or after launch. Steam does have great sales though don't get me wrong. Though the majority of grade A multiplatform content at launch can be had for around the same price. Jaggies- I don't have that problem on my t.v. but then again I don't really play any remarkable ugly games. Free maps/mods/total conversions- Free maps is a case by case bases but more often then not true. Mods of course but good mods/conversions are harder to come by for most games I play. Though I'll give you that one because when they are great it can really extend the life of a game. I played C&C zero hour for a year and a half more then I would have because of Reborn 4.0. An the mods for the Fallout games have top tier support. Dedicated servers- Better I agree in the way having no lag no doubt. more community/teamwork/clan support/ voip options- More community/teamwork/clan support is a vague statment and again on a case by case bases. Better Variety of games- Did you really take it there?really? Let me give you an example of something. There are 100 different flavors of jelly beans yet you only like 3. Well guess what the store you are at has 97 and the 3 you want are only sold by the store across the street. Quality over quantity when it comes to games has always been the best choice. An with that said it is completely up to whomever the person to decide the variety that matters to them. For me that quality resides in playing games like Valkyria Chronicles, Uncharted, Heavy Rain GT5 and even Assassins Creed on my PS3 over my pc. As well as many more exclusives and non exclusives I have a much better experience with on my PS3. Though 2 years ago I built a PC at around 1500 and I enjoy quite a few games on it just the same. Starcraft II, the story mode and skirmish at least. Currently the Witcher 2 and prior Civ 5 and DOWII plus Retribution to name a few. Also taking into consideration the hassle gaming on PC can be sometimes even for people well versed in computers like me. Missing Dll files driver issues hotfixes galor, crashes for any multitude of reasons. Performances issues outside of drivers alone like realtek audio drivers dragging your frames down in apb's previous launch. The point is they are both good so don't sit there and act like PC gaming is all sugar an rainbows. Also plenty of people are well aware the cost of a gaming PC the whole ten grand joke is old. An mouse an keyboard does suck for a multitude various games which is why so many PC only gamers have controllers. As for your 17" comment most people have their PC's in or by a desk so any display of a ridiculous size would be stupid. As for hooking it up to the t.v. in the living room quite a few people don't like the idea of a PC in their living room space. Only RTS/mmo's no but its a huge part of it no one honestly thinks any of those things. Everything just flows easier with a console and everyone is now a tech head like me or you. Also if you are going to disagree try and have the ***** to reply and say why.
Pc gaming is a hobby, consoles are toys.
It's funny to read all those elitist comments and then realize most of you above got your PCs and laptops from mums and dads because you needed them for school.
talking about why we like pc gaming is elitist? Sure some get to the point of annoying, but console kiddies with there nonsensical pc bashing bring it on.
FYI, PCs that are for school or bought by parents isn't for gaming. And if the home has a computer the kid isn't going to get a computer, will get a PS3 or a Xbox, maybe a Wii. Trust me, i'm a parent!
knock all you want.....nobodys answering.
Is it knocking on the lid of it's coffin??
I just use my PC for MMO's and general web serf everything else on 360/PS3.
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