I have been itching to write a blog post about something over the past few days. A post that could communicate how I feel about the world of PC Gaming and why I believe it is such a magical and unique thing. This blog post is the third attempt to scratch that itch, with the two previous posts being scrapped because I did not like the direction they were taking. I started gaming on PC 2 years ago and believe it is about time I sat down and shared my thoughts on a few subjects.
The first game I really spent a lot of time with was Halo 3. It was the first time I ever saw user created content in a game and there was a lot of it, all created with the simple tools that forge mode provided. I played games of tag, platformed my way across shark infested water and raced my friends around giant floating rollercoasters. The amount of content was astonishing and the variation even more astonishing. A while later another game was created that took the idea of user generated content and put it as the forefront of the game. Little big planet, again I was amazed by some of the content created for it and the tools that were provided.
PC Gaming is the home of creativity and innovation. My adventure into PC Gaming started with an act of creation. Building the computer, an easy but rewarding task that gives you something that you can really call your own. It is something you have made and you can add to it and modify it at your pleasing. I have always been interested in programming so I quickly found myself making mods for Minecraft including a weapons mod that added a meat tenderizer that turned mobs into a block of meat and a sword that could be charged up with diamonds and strike lightning at your foes as well as some less serious weapons which you can find here: http://www.minecraftforum.n... . I moved on from my brief modding career to create my own game which is a work in progress multiplayer FPS cube based arena game or something like that. If you want to give it a try and have a friend to play with then you can play it here: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/129... but be warned it is an early WIP and the only class that works is Mage.
Those are some of the things I have created in my spare time but modding and hobbyist game development is not rare there are a lot of really promising projects like the recently popular mod DayZ. I believe that modding is an extremely important part of the gaming community and one of the main reason a lot of people like me stay exclusive to PC and do not own a console. There is so much content already created and if you don’t like it then create some of your own.
Digital distribution has taken over the PC market with most game sales being digital. I have talked a lot in the past about why I believe games will be 100% digital in the future on all platforms so I will only list a few main points.
1)Better for the environment.
2)Free to produce.
3)Unlimited shelf space. (Longer sales life)
4)Bigger profit percentage.
Owning your hardware
I believe that this is another important part of PC gaming, you actually own the hardware you buy and can do anything you want with it (as long as you do not break the law of course) instead of being bound to an agreement with a company and risking legal action or a system ban if you modify anything. I am a big believer in open systems and it is what makes the Ouya console stand out to me as something I may pick up. I like being able to tinker with things and find out how everything works.
Variety in games and exclusives
Strategy, MMO are very lacking on every other platform and happen to be two of my favourite genres. Every genre can be found on the platform. There is a huge collection of old and new games, for example I recently played Fallout 2 a very old game, backwards compatibility is less of an issue. I can play titles from decades ago. Experimental games like Toribash and flash games like happy wheels. Everything is accounted for from casual to esports (another thing that is very popular within the PC community). There are AAA games with huge budgets and games made by a solo developer who wants to share what he has created. The amount of awesome things you can find on a website like IndieDB really shows of the huge amount of variety and creativity primarily found in independent PC titles. The PC has more exclusives than any other platform. Some upcoming games include Guild Wars 2 an amazing evolution to the MMO genre. Planetside 2, a MMOFPS that supports thousands of players fighting over a huge map at the same time. DayZ, the standalone version of the popular mod for ARMA 2. Natural Selection 2, a blend of the RTS and FPS genre and many more. I only listed these games because they all do something innovative which is often a huge part of PC exclusives.
Those are the main reasons I game on PC. I hope you enjoyed the article and I would love to hear what platform you game on and why without starting a flame war. Now that I have scratched my blog writing itch I am going to go back and play some more war of the roses. Thanks for reading.
Image of my game, Cube Medieval.
One of the weapons in my mod.