265: Punching the Baby Seal of PC Gaming

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I used to have this problem and then I had a brilliant idea, buy the game and then download a cracked copy off of the internet. Since that day even Fallout: NV and the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games work as they should.

PC Gamer here. No problems with Fallout 3 whatsoever. I must be Jesus or something.

>Fuck PC gaming.
No, fuck this article. It's badly written, terribly biased and the author is painfully obviously not a PC gamer and never been one.

This was a fun and enjoyable article. Loved the way the author just turns a phrase at various moment. Absolutely hilarious.

But, what's been even more hilarious are the elitist douche-bag comments from some of the PC gamers in this forum. Really guys? Are your little egos that easily bruised just because one person doesn't think PC gaming is worth the effort? Some of you claim that a solid gaming PC can be built in 2 hours. That is true if you don't include the weeks to months of research time and effort necessary to ensure you are buying quality parts that are compatible, as well as the research to understand the various terms and technologies to know what to look for in those parts. Using a PC should not require everyone to be a programmer or computer engineer, just like using a car doesn't require everyone to be an automotive mechanic.

No one is denying you the pleasure you derive from the sense of superiority of being able to fix your own PC, but, for some of us, we just feel we have better things to do. The goal is to have fun playing the game, not have fun fixing the computer.

geizr:
This was a fun and enjoyable article. Loved the way the author just turns a phrase at various moment. Absolutely hilarious.

But, what's been even more hilarious are the elitist douche-bag comments from some of the PC gamers in this forum. Really guys? Are your little egos that easily bruised just because one person doesn't think PC gaming is worth the effort? Some of you claim that a solid gaming PC can be built in 2 hours. That is true if you don't include the weeks to months of research time and effort necessary to ensure you are buying quality parts that are compatible, as well as the research to understand the various terms and technologies to know what to look for in those parts. Using a PC should not require everyone to be a programmer or computer engineer, just like using a car doesn't require everyone to be an automotive mechanic.

No one is denying you the pleasure you derive from the sense of superiority of being able to fix your own PC, but, for some of us, we just feel we have better things to do. The goal is to have fun playing the game, not have fun fixing the computer.

Exactly. I had the same issues with Fallout3, which is why I stick with 360 gaming most of the time. We shouldn't have to spend a fortune on our PC's just to play games, we shouldn't need watercooling just because graphics cards have inneficient cooling. Problem is that it's the GAMING PC's that have the most issues. If you take a cheap Dell laptop, with build in graphics card, it'll run more stable than a gaming PC. I was shocked to see my nephew play Spore on an Inspiron1300. The last big game I bought for PC was Dead Island, which crashes every 2 hours. The last game I bought on 360 was Skyrim, and I play that for hours at a time with no issues. There is a problem, and the solution is not for us all to spend 150 on a graphics card, 100 on cooling, 100 on a case... then the processor and motherboard and hard drive and.... blah blah blah. People who say you can build a gaming PC for a couple of hundred in a couple of hours are talking bollocks. Any monkey can throw a PC together, it's not rocket surgery FFS, the same as any monkey can tell the difference between a real gaming PC, and a half-assed rig that'll need better parts within 6 months.

I think that PC gaming should evolve, break away from current gen consoles and provide more complex games, more difficult games like Dead Souls should be PC games. Frankly the industry giants do not need PC gaming, but it could be argued that PC gamers need a 360 and an open mind. Any gamer worth his salt has more than 1 option, why should PC gamers be any different. I really think there needs to be a split - so console games are developed purely for consoles, and more PC specific titles could be sold, because console games written for consoles won't be taking PC gamers monies - more money to go to PC exclusives and keep that market afloat. We'd see better PC exclusives as well, if the market can sustain itself, then smaller development houses would get involved, bringing in some fresh ideas.

I guess at the end of the day, all I want is more diverse PC games, not console ports, more complex games and adventure games. Console gaming should not be seen as an option, it's the standard - PC gamers might want to accept that so the PC gaming market can evolve, and perhaps give them the games they constantly bitch about not getting.

oh c'mon. he's giving up just because of an overhyped pretty-faced shooter game? play a blizzard game OR any game from a developer who bothers to patch their shite. if he's digging in the dirt pile for games, then him and his "circle of death" xbox deserve one another.

*insert xbox fanboys are idiot fratboys rant here*

chuckwendig:
But newsflash: I don't have time to build a PC. I don't have time to build a television, a blender, a fridge, a car. I don't sew my own clothes. I do not slaughter my own cattle. I buy something, I personally would like it to work with minimum frustration.

Building a PC is not the same as sewing your own cloths or slaughtering your own cattel. While it's not as simple as putting together an cupboard from ikea it isn't nearly as complicated as people generally seem to think it is, at least not anymore.

Also, if you don't won't to put it together yourself you still shouldn't buy pre-built stuff. You should go to a PC dealer and have one custom built to your needs/budget...

Do they just not have businesses like this in the US? You know shops where you go to buy PC parts and periferals, have your PC repaired if you can't do it yourself, and will build you a new one if you won't? Becouse a LOT of articles like this seem to act as though they do not exist. They are in every major shoping mall over here.

The only people who have these kinds of problems are people too stupid to figure out a PC. Does that mean stupid people shouldn't play PC games? Yes.

Disthron:

chuckwendig:
But newsflash: I don't have time to build a PC. I don't have time to build a television, a blender, a fridge, a car. I don't sew my own clothes. I do not slaughter my own cattle. I buy something, I personally would like it to work with minimum frustration.

Building a PC is not the same as sewing your own cloths or slaughtering your own cattel. While it's not as simple as putting together an cupboard from ikea it isn't nearly as complicated as people generally seem to think it is, at least not anymore.

Also, if you don't won't to put it together yourself you still shouldn't buy pre-built stuff. You should go to a PC dealer and have one custom built to your needs/budget...

Do they just not have businesses like this in the US? You know shops where you go to buy PC parts and periferals, have your PC repaired if you can't do it yourself, and will build you a new one if you won't? Becouse a LOT of articles like this seem to act as though they do not exist. They are in every major shoping mall over here.

They VERY MUCH have these types of shops in the US, I work at one. We do really nice custom builds, we've done several gaming builds waaay better than anything off of iBuyPower or a Dell XPS. A Dell XPS, I scoffed at the author of this article as soon as I read that.

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