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My PC Gaming Experience or: How I Learned to Stop Pirating and Love Steam.

OcelotRigz | 1122d ago
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I want to share my experience of coming over to PC Gaming. Simple as that.

Before Christmas, while walking through the magazine section of Tesco (Irelands version of Wal-Mart) I decided to take my usual monthly glance thru Edge magazine and when I say glance I mean 'stand-there-for-10-minute s-reading-the-magazine'. I came across an article of a game called "Day Z". The more I read, the more excited I became, the concept sounded amazing, but I was also confused at the fact I've never come across this game, even though I tend to keep myself up to date with the gaming world. Sadly I then also realised that it was a PC mod. Since my gaming was refined to my PS3, PSP and ...ahem, Wii (kinda), PC was off limits, I could never afford one and I just simply hoped I would see this game/mod come to consoles soon.
That evening, coincidentally, I seen a video on my YouTube page from someone's channel I was subscribed to. It was a video of Day Z, a kidnapping to be precise. While watching this a burning urge grew inside, I just knew then and there that I had to play this game. I came up with schemes of how I could save up enough to get a gaming PC after Christmas. After some reading up on gaming PCs it became clear that building your own PC was cheaper, a hell of a lot cheaper, and also that building a powerful enough gaming pc wasn't nearly as expensive as I thought. After doing a lot of research on each PC component and its importance, the pros and cons of amd/intel/nvidia etc... I bought (from, cheap German site) and built my own gaming PC. Putting it together was very straightforward.

It wasn't even Christmas yet but in a way it was and I was like a kid again with excitement. I'll admit, I was broke and intended to pirate a lot of games. Then I installed "Steam". It happened to be the Autumn/Fall sale and looking at the price of games I suddenly felt a huge ball of guilt building in my stomach. There and then I decided to never pirate a game again, pirating games when they were this cheap was taking the biscuit.

Two sales later I now have a library of around 50 games and have been loving the experience. If I have one regret it's that I didn't get a gaming pc sooner, I felt like I've been missing out. Don't get me wrong, I still love my PS3 and will still look forward to its exclusives. For me it's a matter of having two great platforms to play games on opposed to choosing one. I hate fanboysim, I think it's ridiculous to insult a gamer because of the platform they play on and even more ridiculous if you feel offended when someone does so.

I'd like to urge gamers who don't own a gaming pc to consider getting one, its highly likely that it's a lot cheaper than you imagine and also putting it together is very straightforward. There is a lot of places on the web where guys will pick all the parts for the type of gaming rig you want.
Also here is a few things I found to be great aspects of PC Gaming:

• Price- Compared to consoles, PC games are cheap and ridiculously so during the steam sales. Not to mention other digital distributers like Amazon, Greenmangaming, GOG etc...

• Mods- Mods add lots of varying content to your PC games, whether its new missions, stunning texture overhauls, adding new life to older games or being superman in GTAIV, Mods are great and best of all they're free! Also, Day Z is a mod (for now)and is truly a unique and amazing experience.

• Backward Compatibility- Nearly every game that was on PC is still playable, no matter what you change or upgrade and it's not likely to change anytime soon. Not only that, as mentioned above, there is mods to add new features and give them a nice makeover.

• Indies and Free-to-plays- F2P's is a helluva a good reason by itself to own a Gaming PC. Like c'mon, you get to play games for free! I know some are free to an extent, but a lot aren't. A good example would be the recent Planetside 2, a huge FPS MMO that, from my time with it, was pretty damn good. The indie scene on PC is massive. The level of creativity is amazing and I personally feel indies are very important to gaming which I'll get into in another post soon.

• Always upgrading- While consoles remain the same inside throughout their cycle, PCs are constantly upgrading and improving.

• Performance- From graphics to world size, it's common knowledge that PC Gaming packs a bigger punch than console gaming. Im not a graphics snob or anything, im a gameplay 1st kinda guy but sometimes i was left in awe, whether it was the beauty of a sunset in Far Cry 3 or the unbelievably massive world size of Day Z.

• The PC aspects- Its very useful while gaming to have the ability to collapse your game, hop onto Steam or the web to check on something then hop back into the game, this and all the other aspects of PCs themselves are nice to have in the same box.
That's it, my experience and why ive fallen in love with PC gaming.

To be honest, I started this post as "Is this year going to be a revolution for gaming" where i wanted to talk about the Steam Box, Linux, Ouya, Indies and the next generation of consoles and how this year could see a huge change for gaming, but ended up yabbering on about getting into PC Gaming. I will write about the other stuff over the next few days but for now, thanks for reading this and please leave a comment below, if ya want.

SilentNegotiator  +   1121d ago
I don't buy a lot of games full price, but when Steam has some of its crazy sales, I go nuts.

I went PC not long ago, but I was really doing it because I'm learning 3D modelling and programming and wanted to start making my own games. But once I started looking at Steam prices during a sale, I really got into it.
Bladesfist  +   1121d ago
Good luck with getting into game development, it is very tasking but a huge amount of fun. If you have not found an engine you love yet then I would suggest you try out Unity.
SilentNegotiator  +   1121d ago
Thanks, Unity is exactly what I've been fiddling around with. It's a nice and simple development kit.
2pacalypsenow  +   1121d ago
I used to pirate games when i was like 12 years old on kazza and limewire but with viruses and key gens with trojans i just decided its not worth it and now i just buy the games
s45gr32  +   1121d ago
Glad you change your ways and Steam helps out a lot in finding good games at insanely low prices
Software_Lover  +   1121d ago
I used to pirate games just to try them out. I pirated Oblivion, played for about 5 hours, then bought the GOTY at walmart for 19.99. Then Steam had some major sales going on so I bought the game again for dirt cheap.

Now I just wait for the steam sales and I haven't pirated a game in years............... wait.......... I did pirate Crysis 2 when it came out but I bought it during a sale on Origin. I only pirated it to see if the graphics were up to par. They were okay but not great.
OcelotRigz  +   1121d ago
I feel that Steam has played a huge role in reducing pirating and also in making PC gaming a lot more attractive and accessible.

I know there is lots of guys out there like you who use pirating as a means of checking out a game, i do myself, and although its not as detrimental as the guys who pirate instead of buying, Steam, or rather the publishers could reduce that big time by releasing demos for all their games.

Valve is probably the most important developer out there at the moment when it comes to how gaming will change over the next few years .
s45gr32  +   1121d ago
Wow well said
s45gr32  +   1121d ago
I am back to playing games on the PC. I did play PC games back in the day like early 2000's which left me with a sour taste. Well, all the emulators from MSX, Genesis, NES, SNES, etc. left my OEM slow with viruses and malware damn. My games like army men, road rash, etc. would crash constantly and simcity 3000 put me to sleep. Flash forward to 2009 enter STEAM and my god Valve changed the landscape of PC gaming for good able to play games with gamepad or kb/m or combine them both sweet. Those delicious sales sales sales and those visuals my jaw drop the first time the second time I play Sleeping Dogs or dare I say Batman arkham asylum and city. Automatic patches, the freedom to try out those daring crazy indy games. PC gaming today is cheaper amazing and the freedom it brings is nothing short of amazing............
OcelotRigz  +   1121d ago
Completely agree.
Also, i liked the way you said "daring indies", thats why i feel Indies are so important, they experiment, they try new things, its all about creativity and innovation with indies and they dont have to worry about publishers, and the restraints that brings, or high expectations. Greenlight is great for that and blurring the line between dev and gamer or rather creator and player.
"Freedom" is another thing you said and it is the vibe i get with PC Gaming.

On a side note, i have both Arkham Asylum and Sleeping Dogs (thanks to the sales)and indeed they do looking amazing. Although so far nothing has blown me away visually as Far Cry 3, what a beautiful game.
Megaton  +   1121d ago
Last game I pirated was New Vegas. I have since bought it on Steam and sunk 180 hours into it. 300+ games owned on Steam since then. 0 pirated.
xPhearR3dx  +   1121d ago
I actually just purchased my first gaming PC this past Friday. I did go with pre-build though since I'm new to PC gaming and it cost me $650 for this:

Processor Brand: Intel
Processor Speed: Up to 3.3 Ghz
Processor Type: Intel Core i5-3350P
System RAM: 8 GB
Memory RAM Type: DDR3
Maximum RAM Supported: 16 GB
Total RAM Slots Free: 0 Free/2 Total
Data Storage Capacity: 1TB Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Speed: 7200 RPM
Built-In Graphics Card Model: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650
Optical Drive Type: DVD±R/RW
Maximum Read Speeds: DVD-ROM 24x
Maximum Rewrite Speeds: DVD±RW 24x
Wired Connectivity: USB 3.0, USB 2.0, PS/2
Number of USB 2.0 Ports: 4
Number of PS/2 Ports: 2
Input Types: Microphone, PS/2, RJ-45
Output Types: DVI
Audio Features: 5.1-Channel Surround Sound5.1-Channel Surround Sound
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Home Premium
Accessories Included: Power Cord Adapter, Gaming Keyboard, Gaming Mouse

I'm sure it's not the best for what I paid, but I'm happy and super excited to dive in when it arrives this week. After seeing all the sales on Steam I'll spend less money over time and get more games. Plus there's a ton of games I haven't played over the years that are either dirt cheap or F2P now. My main reason was because of Skyrim, I have close to 400 played on 360 and seeing all the mods will just give me even more re-playability to one of my favorite games this generation.

All I have to do is wait :(
OcelotRigz  +   1120d ago
Good for you and trust me, waiting is the hardest part.
Farsendor1  +   1120d ago
Well all you can do is laugh. I remember the hundreds of PC gaming is dying threads. I also remember how many devs turned its back on PC gaming for a better profit. Sacrificed the quality of games to make them work better on console. UT3, Rage, Crysis 2, Saints Row 2, UBi, ID, M$ among others.

All these guys with the PC gaming is full of pirates, DRM, Crappy ports, no PC version...

It all ended up with Apologies, Better Ports, PC focued games and no DRM.

One man (Gabe) and one company (valve) stood for PC gaming. And now they are at the top of it all.

All you can do is laugh
zgoldenlionz  +   1120d ago
Har har har.
OcelotRigz  +   1120d ago
True, i agree.

Have to say though when you said;
"One man (Gabe) and one company (valve) stood for PC gaming. And now they are at the top of it all." sounded like the intro to a Hollywood trailer, the guy with the rusty deep voice doing the narrating.

THEY SAID...PC gaming was full of pirates!
THEY SAID...Crappy ports!
But now they're changing their tune because ONE MAN and ONE COMPANY stood up for what they believed in!

THIS SUMMER, in the biggest blockbuster since "Monkey Trouble" and what the critics are calling "alright" etc...

Ahem, anyway, yeah, PC gaming is a good place to be at now and a lot of that is down to Valve. (I can also imagine Gabe with a shotgun and bandana on the posters).
bunt-custardly  +   1120d ago
Well said Ocelot! It would be nice if you could post your specs and what you paid.
OcelotRigz  +   1120d ago
Thanks and i cant believe i left out my specs, i even had to check when i read this, i was so sure i put them down.

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz Eight Cores
RAM: GeIL Enhance Corsa 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600
GPU: HIS Radeon HD6870 IceQ X GDDR5 1024MB
MOBO: ASUS M5A78L LE, Sockel AM3+, ATX
HDD: Travelstar 5K750 500GB, SATA II
PSU: Xilence Power 500 Watt
(had an old dvd/cd drive)

Now with all my research beforehand i still made three mistakes. One was that i had an old case but it wasnt big enough for my motherboard, luckily i found a good one the next day from a guy selling one on a ebay-like site here in ireland who wasnt too far from me.
Second, my PSU wasnt good enough and failed, but i got the one that came with that case i bought BUT that also failed a week later and i luckily got the one i have now, a good antec one from a guy in college. Never go cheap on a PSU!!!! I learned that the hard way.
Third but not as bad as the previous two, my motherboard only supports 1300hz RAM, so im not getting the best out of my 1600hz RAM. Pity, but i heard that im still gaining because i will always hit that 1300hz mark whereas with an actually 1300hz RAM i wouldn't.

I guess i also tried to save money on my Hard Drive, this has come back to haunt me now as my HDD is only 5200rpm (slow start-ups and general loading) and is only 500gb, steam sales make that go very fast, im full already and saving for a TB HDD.

Price for everything in my initial list cost €490, delivered from Germany. But xbox controller, wireless mouse & keyboard, wi-fi usb stick thingy and a HDMI cable for my TV (no monitor) pushed my total up to around €580. Then as a result of my own mistakes, the PSU's and case added another €100, so €680.

So basically i got a good deal, but because i underestimated the importance of some components it cost me a lot more. Also, i learned afterwards that a lot of stuff was somewhat cheaper on Amazon, with cheaper delivery too.

So there you go.
bunt-custardly  +   1120d ago
so about £500 which aint bad but it seems you gimped on a few areas like the 4gb ram and low wattage PSU. May I ask why you opted for the cheaper (may have answered my own question here) AMD HD 6870 as opposed to going for an Nvida brand?
Bladesfist  +   1118d ago
Nvidia and AMD GPUs are neck and neck. I go with whatever costs the least on each side. Last time I went with two 6850s and this time I am with a 660Ti. The ram can be upgraded easily so that is not an issue. It is very important to get a high quality PSU (a lot more important than wattage). My First PSU melted even though it had enough watts to handle the load.
dedicatedtogamers  +   1120d ago
Welcome to the PC Master Race (hahaha it had to be said).

I've been PC gaming since the late 80s. I've always enjoyed playing consoles and handhelds, but consoles still haven't caught up when it comes to a lot of genres that - in my opinion - are better on PC. It's not even a matter of better graphics being available on PC. There are just so many other aspects of PC gaming that are better....that console gamers don't really know what they're missing until they jump into PC gaming.
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Jurat  +   1120d ago
Building a PC was a high point of 2012 for me.

There's no real need to pirate these days; there is so much free premium content available, a PC gamer can never be bored.
Software_Lover  +   1119d ago
The free content is true. Some of my favorite games have been the free to play games. I have actually sunk some cash into a few of them.

Global Agenda
APD reloaded

Those are two of my favorites. I still love my BF3 and my Civilizations, but FTP games that are offered these days are great.
sasith77890  +   1118d ago
what the heck even though i have staeam its so hard to make account ps some off the games are likeshit
Pillsbury1  +   1117d ago
What do you guys think of the steambox? Will it break up the price monopoly and pressure others to drop their prices? If a steambox comes out at the same price as competitors with much cheaper games Valve will have a huge hit.

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