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Switchin' Over

I've always been a Playstation man. Even when I was not a man. When I was but an infant, I rejoiced in having days of fun, running through the jungle as the little orange Bandicoot known as Crash. Memories of shedding actual tears as the evil Sephiroth took away one of my beloved Final Fantasy party members, while the most heartbreaking music played in the background.

Then I witnessed the triumph that was the PS2, playing Tekken Tag Tournament with my older (and admittedly more skilled) brother, trying not to lose too bad. I hated it at the time, but looking back, that was time well-spent. I remember playing my first ever FPS, which was the original Red Faction, blowing the levels to pieces with my rocket launcher.

Currently, I'm enjoying an incredible selection of games on the PS3, which has not disappointed me in the slightest, with games the likes of the Uncharted series, batman and Demon's/Dark souls. Now, at this point you're probably looking at the title of this blog post again and wondering "just where is this going?". As I've said, I've always been content with the selection of games and memories that Sony have given me and have never considered myself anything but a "Playstation Gamer" in the past. I know nothing else, other than my brief forays into the SEGA megadrive and the NES as well as a few nintendo handheld games. Now, the switch that I am talking about is actually more of an expansion. The grass isn't getting any greener or duller on my side of the fence, I'm just "Pushing the fence further", so to speak because I want more grass. (If you understand what I mean)

In the next few weeks, I am going to buy a gaming PC and start to play games on it (who would've thought it?). Now, I'll still have my PS3 to play exclusives on, but I'm hoping that this PC will become my primary gaming system from now on. This will mean pretty much all multiplat games I get will be bought for the PC. Now, I have a few reasons for doing this.

1) I've noticed the selection of games on PC are much more RPG-orientated than on console which suits the type of gamer I am, as that is my favourite genre of game.

2) Also, I've noticed an increasing number of games that are "better" on PC, very recently (for example: Skyrim (because of the community made mods), Portal 2 (Because of the custom test chambers) and a few others which I cannot think of at the moment).

3) The other reason is that the games are cheaper thanks to steam, which does awesome deals on games all the time, to save us money in the long run. Sure, I may be spending almost £600 to get a good gaming rig, but for someone who plays a lot of games, that's a tiny investment considering you could be saving a few £100 per year because the games are cheaper on PC.

And the best part is that with most games I can plug in a gamepad and configure the controls to my liking, so it wouldn't even be that different from playing it with my PS3 controller. Hell, if I wanted to go to the extra effort, I could even plug that in and use it. Or if the game is more suited, I can use mouse and keyboard. Options, I guess would be another reason why. There are so many options.

Now, I'm not writing this to convince anyone of anything, and I've already made up my mind, so I'm not looking for anyone to reassure me that I'm making the right choice. I guess what I'm doing is explaining why I'm expanding my horizons and wondering if anyone else is in the same sort of position I am.

Another reason I am doing this is because I want to find out what you think about this and what games you guys would suggest I experience first as a PC gamer.

If anyone is wondering what kind of PC I'll be getting, it has an intel i5 processor with a GTX550 Ti in it.

So, I'll open it up to you guys. What do you think about the subject? Would you say now is a good time to get into PC gaming? Can you think of any other reasons why one might do so? Or are you happy with your console(s)? I want to hear what you think, let me know in the comments below, and thank you for reading my user blog!

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SeekDev2120d ago

I've had a PS3 for a long time, then one day I got a gaming PC. I play my games on my PC a little more, but it's because I have more games on my Steam account from winter and summer sales, etc, so I try to finish as many as I can. I get exclusives on my PS3 that my PC obviously can't run, so it's a nice balance. Sometimes I get two versions of the same game so I can play with buddies on both systems, watch out for that, that'll drain your wallet fast.

TopDudeMan2120d ago

Yeah, I'm not gonna buy the same game twice, but I plan to do pretty much what you do. The PS3 has an excellent line-up of exclusives, so I have to keep it, not to mention the fact that my PS plus membership doesn't expire until December.

SeekDev2120d ago

A great thing about PC gaming is that you get to play all the old-gen games. I missed a lot of those, so I bought a lot of those :P

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r212120d ago

oh weird, thought you were changing consoles :O anyways, pc plus ps3 is a pretty good combination and even more so if you had an xbox360. in any case, enjoy your pc gaming time dude >:D

Bladesfist2120d ago

Welcome, I would highly suggest you give the KB/M a good try. I switched from PS3 and just forced myself to use it for a week. It took a while to get used to it but now I can't go back unless the Genre is obviously better with a controller such as racing or platforming. Take a look at some of our upcoming releases. Planetside 2, CS:GO, Guild Wars 2, End of Nations, Firefall, Natural Selection 2 (The ones I am looking forward to, there are a hell of a lot more).

TopDudeMan2119d ago

Thanks, I'll definitely follow your advice!

LightofDarkness2119d ago

You've made an excellent choice, sir, in giving yourself more choices!

I've been a PC gamer for about 14 years, and it's definitely my favourite platform to play with. And if RPGs are your bag, you'll find no shortage here(unless you were hoping for more Japanese styled games).

I must recommend Baldurs Gate I&II and Planescape: Torment (dat story!) to begin with, especially to get to grips with the D&D rules that a lot of PC RPGs like to employ. But it's all up to you, of course. You have over 2 decades worth of backlog to dip into, after all.

I also must recommend Half-Life 2, Deus Ex, System Shock 2, Tribes: Ascend, Guild Wars 2, The Witcher 2, Skyrim (WHOLE different bag on PC), all the old-school FPS games (Doom, Quake, Unreal, Duke etc.). Plus, get into mods and source mods for old games. You'll be amazed at how well some games have been overhauled by their fans.

But most of all, welcome to the wild and wacky world of PC Gaming!

TopDudeMan2119d ago

Wow, lotta suggestions. Gonna have to bookmark this page lol. Thanks.

Christopher2119d ago


You can get a lot of the old RPGs you may have missed out on from there w/o DRM.

Captain Tuttle2119d ago

"I must recommend Baldurs Gate I&II and Planescape: Torment (dat story!) to begin with, especially to get to grips with the D&D rules that a lot of PC RPGs like to employ. But it's all up to you, of course. You have over 2 decades worth of backlog to dip into, after all."

Excellent advice

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