Unbox Therapy, “A Gaming PC” July 30th, 2012, Online Image, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nuzc8sl-S6g, Feb 16th, 2015
Video games began in the 1940’s with games like Pong, Space Wars and Tennis For Two. They have changed throughout history and have become a huge part of society and modern-day life and has drawn in over a billion people around the world. It has united people together and has also become a unique form of social media. Video games have changed throughout the past along with the machines that play them. One video game machine that has evolved but has not been forgotten is the PC. I have been playing video games on the PC since I was 5 and I have loved playing them since. Video games have become important to me and to millions of other people and that is why I believe every gamer should have the best experience when doing what they love by playing on the PC.
The reasons why I believe that the PC is the best gaming platform are that:
- PC and PC Games are relatively cheaper.
- The graphics are better.
- Modding capabilities make the games better.
- The exclusives are better.
Cheaper Than Consoles
Many people think that playing games on PCs cost thousands of dollars, but that is a big misunderstanding amongst many people. Buying and building a PC that is equivalent to a console (performance wise) is actually cheaper than buying a console itself. It’s also possible to build a PC with more performance than a console for the same price of a console. While many people may believe that “buying a console is simpler than building a PC.” and while that is somewhat true, it’s worth the effort to build a PC. You can also buy a pre-built PC if you’re not willing to build your own, but it will cost more money. Another important aspect of a gaming platform are the games itself and the cost of purchasing the games, which can pile up to hundreds of dollars. Buying games on consoles cost an average of $60 and lowers to at least $20 after a couple months from release but it is a different story when buying games on a PC. Buying video games on a PC is very cheap (relative to console games) due to the fact of Steam sales. Steam is a digital video game distributor created by Valve Corporation and every summer and winter, there is a huge sale on thousands of games on Steam ranging up to 90% off. This shows that getting a PC and buying PC games is cheaper than on consoles.
“One of the things that’s interesting is that the PC has always had a huge amount of scalability. It was sort of the wild dog that moved into Australia and killed all the local life because it could just adapt. There used to be these dedicated devices, like dedicated word processors.”
Askew. “Steam Summer Sale Showcase.” June 19, 2014. Online image. http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/168708-steam-summer-sale-2014-sale-over-open-discussion/. Feb 16th, 2015
Graphics is important in a video game as they provide realism and detail. Resolution is an important part of graphics and they represent the amount of pixels in length and width. Next-gen consoles run at only an average of 900p on a PS4 and 720p on a XBOX One, these resolutions are HD (high definition) but they are still less than what a PC can reach. Graphics on an average PC can easily outdo a next-gen console in most games as an average PC can run any game at 1080p (graphic settings may vary) and many top-end PCs can go higher to 1440p or even 4K (3840×2160). These resolutions bring incredible detail to a video game and can truly amaze people to what a video game can do. While resolution and graphics are important, there is another aspect to video games that is equally important, frame rate. Video games on a next-gen consoles run at only 30 fps while computer monitors and TVs can project at 60 fps or even 120 fps. Video games on a PC can run up to 60 fps or even higher depending on the hardware of the PC. A higher frame rate offers a smoother gameplay to the gamer. Many people don’t believe that there is a difference between 30 and 60 fps or that “the human eye can only see at 24fps” but that is not true. There is a website below that offers videos showing the difference between 30 and 60 fps. It can be clearly seen how graphics and frame rates make a difference in gameplay that is only unique on a PC.
http://www.digitalstormonline.com/unlocked/30-fps-vs-60-fps-gameplay-there-is-a-difference-idnum255/ (Follow this link to find videos in 30 and 60 fps)
Modding is an amazing way to make a great game even better and it is only available on a PC. Many popular modding games are Skyrim, Fallout, and Minecraft which have thousands of mods. Modding allows people to make a game have better graphics, different gameplay elements, more weapons, cheats, etc. Modding has existed for years and is still continuing to show new ideas never seen before. While many people may believe that a game is better without mods, I believe that this is not true and that mods enhance the game to whole new level. Mods are also very easy to install with the use of mod managers such as Nexus, they also provide thousands of mods for many games. Here is a preview of games with mods so that you can get a sense of the capabilities of mods on a video game.
Plunkett, Luke. “Skyrim Running with 100 mods.” November 19, 2012. Online Image. http://kotaku.com/5961994/what-skyrim-looks-like-when-youre-running-100-mods-at-once. Feb 16th, 2015
Exclusives are one of the biggest reasons why people choose a certain platform over another. Many people will say that they chose the PS4 for The Last of Us or the XBOX One for Halo or even the Wii U for Smash Bros. and, even though, these are good reasons, many people forget about the exclusives on PCs. PCs have hundreds of video games that no exclusive can compete with such as StarCraft 2, Deus Ex, Rome Total War, and personally one of my favorite games, Team Fortress 2. PC has thousands of its own exclusives. One of the biggest exclusives for the PC is the RTS (Real Time Strategy) genre with games such as the Total War series, and the Age of Empires series. This shows that the amount of PC exclusives continue to grow and improve.
That concludes my blog post on why PC is the best platform for gamers. A PC is cheaper to build and buying the games is also cheaper, graphics in a PC game outdo any console game, PC games have mods to make the game better than before, and the exclusives on a PC are better. PC is an all-around better gaming platform that everybody needs to know about and appreciate. I hope that this brought a new perspective to you and that you learned something new from it. Thank you for reading my post.