The Benefits of PC Gaming – GameTech

The Benefits of PC Gaming – GameTech

If you aren’t gaming on a PC, there are plenty of reasons you should consider giving it a chance.

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The Benefits of PC Gaming – GameTech

everyone loves to argue whether gaming is better on consoles or pcs but let's be honest it really comes down to personal preference but if you haven't given PC gaming a chance you really should free from the shackles of brand identity and oversight the PC as a platform creates an ecosystem defined by freedom first and foremost it harbors innovation and experimentation in apart from the associated cost of powerful hardware and the desire for console exclusive games there's no reason why you shouldn't invest a little cash and take the plunge into the world of PC gaming why exactly for starters there are more games available on PC than there ever will be on our traditional console PCs are backwards compatible with games that are years if not decades old granted it takes know how to overcome some operating system and compatibility issues for which the Internet at large is a great resource but there's nothing stopping you from playing most of the thousands of games released on PCs over the last thirty years or so you've potentially got a lifetime supply of games at your fingertips the PC is at large and open development platform developers have access to a wide selection of tools with which to create the game of their dreams and there's no governing bodies standing in the way of their vision everyone's free to create disturbing confusing and profoundly political games of that's what they want there are some quality control checks in place when a game is considered for distribution on Steam but it's about stability not conformity if they want developers can also skip the likes of steam altogether and publish their game completely independent of a third-party distribution service not that they'd want to but the point is they can there's no platform that's more open to technical and artistic experimentation than the PC and as good as that is for developers the resulting variety of games to choose from ultimately benefits consumers plus it's easier than ever for the player to double as a developer if they want to get something new out of an existing game do you want to play Grand Theft Auto with the powers of Ironman no problem add enough of Skyrim's dragons swap them out with Macho Man Randy Savage you're all set user-generated content continues to grow in popularity and developers are getting better at giving people the tools they need to create add-ons and mods for their games but the ubiquity of said tools and their potential is greatest on PC with valve Steamworks pipeline accessing and sharing mods is easier than ever before speaking of valve its steam summer sale just wrapped up and one who dared to open their eyes and wallet probably ended up buying a few more games and they reasonably need why because so many great games are cheap to the point that it would be silly not to buy them maybe game X wasn't attract about $20 because you weren't sold on its premise or gameplay but when that same game is $5 the risk of investment wanes and you're more likely to take a chance the allure of low-risk purchases can lead to a backlog scenario that many PC gamers are all too familiar with but that's not necessarily a bad thing to be fair there are often sales on console games too but there are barriers to accessing those discounts most of the time you have to belong to your premium subscription service like PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold to get these discounts but also to play games online unless you're talking subscription-based mmo's you're free to play online multiplayer PC games free of charge in nearly every case in terms of hardware consoles or static products the hardware inside apart from maybe the hard drive will never change simply because you want it to PCs are great because ultimately you're in control of how powerful your machine is maxing out a PC can be costly if you need to be on the cutting edge but it's not an all-or-nothing game you can upgrade your PC piece by piece and sense the price performance ratio scales with time you won't have to drop a huge sum of money in one fell swoop to keep up with the capabilities of consoles massive gaming laptops still exist but with the likes of razor's blade and blade pro we're beginning to see a shift and it's possible to carry a device that's more powerful than a console with its own screen in your backpack now I still have console gaming as it exists today but I appreciate it for very different reasons than I do PC gaming for now there are reasons to argue for both sides of the pc vs consoles of 8 but if you've shied away from pcs in the past because they're not immediately user-friendly consider giving PC gaming a chance for the sheer variety of games to choose from in the openness of the hardware and you may find yourself pleasantly surprised but everything that the platform has to offer