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post #3071 of 13458 (permalink) Old 05-23-2011, 01:03 AM
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It's a lot better than it used to be. It's a lot cheaper too. If you built a PC to max out Witcher you wouldn't need to upgrade for a few years. You'd definably be able to play Rage and Doom IV (unless they get delayed Duke Nukem Forever style).

It's really not that hard to keep up with. All you have to do is upgrade some parts every 3-4 years. Sometimes you don't even need to upgrade the whole computer, just swap out parts. And really, your regular non gaming PC probably becomes outdated every 5 years anyway. How many computers have you been through since 2005?

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post #3072 of 13458 (permalink) Old 05-23-2011, 01:06 AM
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That appeals to me, and there are a great deal many games on PC I would love to play. The older ones I can, even on this crappy integrated card. What I don't like about PC gaming is frequent optimization for newer games and how expensive it can be to keep up. Sure, some of it is just urban myth used to scare away mainly console gamers, but some of it is intimidating, and if you get one thing wrong, your game won't work. With consoles, you don't have to worry about something not meeting specifications for a lifecycle of five or six years. It's obvious why console gaming is appealing to many people.

If I were to upgrade my PC now to meet the max specs of The Witcher 2, for example, how long would it be if I needed to upgrade again, especially with RAGE's Doom IV Tech being implemented?
That probably depends on how long it takes for the next crop of consoles to come around, and how powerful they are. id Tech 5 certainly wouldn't be an issue, since that's built with the current gen in mind. Plus, the expense of keeping a gaming PC up-to-date has really dropped pretty drastically in recent years if you're not obsessed with keeping on the very bleeding edge of graphics.

I didn't really want any kind of consoles vs PCs argument, anyways, I just find it weird when people write off "PC gaming" as a whole. It's not like there's only one very specific type of game for each platform. Don't like mouse & keyboard? Plug in your 360 controller. (Then, when you're all set, do some googling and find out how to get rid of those minute-long company logo videos at the start of ALL OF YOUR GAMES, and live a happier life.)

Anyway, the real battle is between y-axis inverters and non-inverters. And non-inverters are WRONG.

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PCs obvious advantage is that it's the most open platform. You can pretty much make it into anything you want if you tinker enough. If you don't like tinkering then it's obviously not for you.
The tinkering is half the fun. Even beyond the graphics cards and the overclocking and whatnot, just fighting for half an hour to get GTAIV to install on a Windows 7 PC is a mini-game in and of itself.



And yes, everyone, mouse and keyboard beat controllers all day long, except for platformers and racers. (No one plays beat 'em ups on PC anyways.)




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post #3073 of 13458 (permalink) Old 05-23-2011, 01:09 AM
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Two, only because of virus and malware crap. If I were to build a PC, it would be specifically for gaming and nothing else. I'd have a separate PC for multimedia and web surfing. Of course, if I wanted to download something for my PC game, I would, no problem. Other than that, it would be a dedicated gaming machine.

Plus, the new consoles nowadays aren't built like they used to, so they don't even last five years on average, especially with all these firmware and software updates, which can brick 'em.

What you're saying sounds good, and I hope the reality of it meets your statements. It's cheaper to build a gaming PC than it is to buy one, I assume? I always see that. I know some of the dedicated gaming PCs are rip-offs. Anyone with common sense can see that. Sometimes, though, I can go overboard when it comes to specs, because I don't want to game on low or medium settings. If I'm gonna game on the PC, I want the best possible experience. That's my problem.
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post #3074 of 13458 (permalink) Old 05-23-2011, 05:02 AM
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The tinkering is half the fun. Even beyond the graphics cards and the overclocking and whatnot, just fighting for half an hour to get GTAIV to install on a Windows 7 PC is a mini-game in and of itself.
Even to this day I have never properly installed GTAIV on my PC because of some stupid error.

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absolutely awful at co-ordinating the keyboard and the mouse, so i enjoy the controller more.

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post #3076 of 13458 (permalink) Old 05-23-2011, 05:30 AM
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I suck at PC FPS games such as counter strike and combat arms but I'm alright at playing COD on XBOX

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Has anyone read The Legend of Zelda manga? I decided to give it a try & downloaded the Ocarina of Time series. I'm trying to find the Majora's Mask & Wind Waker series.
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Even to this day I have never properly installed GTAIV on my PC because of some stupid error.
Is it a Windows 7 PC? If it is, you just need to run Setup in XP compatibility. (IMPORTANT: it does seem to be thoroughly impossible to uninstall it though, and it eats up a chunky 16 GB or so.)



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Has anyone read The Legend of Zelda manga? I decided to give it a try & downloaded the Ocarina of Time series. I'm trying to find the Majora's Mask & Wind Waker series.
I've always wanted to read the Link to the Past trade. It's considered the best and was the first one that was actually good. The first couple Zelda comics were written by non-fans until LttP. It really shows how much the author and illustrator love the game and series.
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post #3080 of 13458 (permalink) Old 05-24-2011, 09:23 PM
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Can't wait to get Dirt3 tomorrow

Might well be the best driver of the year. Can't see NFS being great and Forza to me is meh - that being said simulation bores me
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