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Why Aren’t You a PC Gamer?

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Why aren’t you a PC gamer? I really am asking here, because whenever I hear another adult describe themselves as a gamer but they’re not on PC, it kind of blows my mind.

If you’re under the age of 18, I can understand. Maybe you don’t have the space for your own rig, mistakenly think PC gaming isn’t a thing, or you’re not actually in control of your money. I completely get it in those cases. If you’re an adult who regularly plays video games though, and you’re not doing it on PC, then I’ve got no idea what’s wrong with you.

Let’s break it down. There’s three big video game consoles. You’re probably thinking I mean the Wii U, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

No. The three video game consoles are your PC, the Wii U, and the 3DS. The Wii U and 3DS are both pretty unique gaming experiences, and they can’t be replicated on the PC yet. Additionally, Nintendo’s exclusives have always been Nintendo exclusive, so you’re not going to see Star Fox on your PC (well, you can, but we’ll get to that).

So, once we acknowledge Nintendo games, what does that leave for us on consoles that we can’t get on a PC? Madden games?

When we look back on AG’s Games of the Year for 2014,  you get one PC exclusive game in Divinity: Original Sin, the multi-platform-but-looks-and-plays-best-on-PC Dragon Age: Inquisition, and Super Smash Bros. Want a second opinion? Forbes’ best of 2014 article has 13 games, with the only non-PC titles being Bayonetta 2 and Mario Kart 8 (Wii U), along with the incredibly lackluster Destiny. IGN’s best of 2014 has 10 titles, with the only non-PC title again being Bayonetta 2.

Thanks for having this picture conveniently saved for me, Stephen.

Thanks for having this picture conveniently saved for me, Stephen.

Essentially, if you’re on PC, you’re getting the best games. Of course, someone is going to mention Grand Theft Auto V and Batman: Arkham Knight. Ok, let’s cover those. Are console players playing them before PC gamers? Well, yeah. GTAV was console exclusive for close to two years. I’m not denying that. And Arkham Knight got pulled from PC for being a terrible bug-ridden mess.

However, GTA V on PC comes with mod support, superior graphics, and a better experience overall. Arkham Knight…eh, that was all on the developers. It’s something we bring up every now and then on What’s Brewing. Take a look at this comparison video between the versions of GTAV.

While the PS4 is powerful, you can see the difference in quality.

So maybe you’re convinced, maybe not. Well, let me see if I can sweeten the deal for you. You’re probably thinking that a computer would be expensive to get, right? Well, the joy of PC gaming is that you decide how much your new console will cost. Some people spend thousands on a PC, others can create one that works for them for cheaper than any console.

No idea what you’re doing? Let me introduce you to /r/buildapc, a community of the fine people at reddit who will share different builds with different parts. Got a budget? You can just tell them how much you have or what you’re looking at playing, and they’ll come up with ideas for you. Ain’t life grand? Then you can buy the parts and put the thing together.

Oh, you don’t know how to build a PC? Well… yes you do, actually. Building a PC is really only three skills: following directions, using a Phillips-head screwdriver, and not shocking things with static electricity. You can find guides anywhere on the internet, but it’s not that hard. In fact, I can go over it with you right now, very simply.

  1. Take the case. It’s that big thing that looks like parts will go in. Put it on its side, and take off the side panel by unscrewing it at the back.
  2. Take the motherboard. That’s the big flat thing with all the electronic stuff on it that looks like things can hook up to it. Set it inside, screw it in with the screwdriver.
  3. CPU. It goes in very easily, and only one way. Then it comes with a fan. Put that on top. You’ll have to apply some pressure to make sure it latches in. That’s so it doesn’t fall off and your shit melts.
  4. Power Supply. It’s the big thing with lots of wires. It’s gonna go in the top or bottom. Screw it in from the back.
  5. RAM. Flat things that are a bit longer than your phone. These go in the motherboard on the top right. They only go in one way. They’ll latch on their own when you push them in far enough.
  6. Did you get a video card? It came in the box talking about nVidia or ATI. If so, plug it in where it fits. It only goes in one way.
  7. Hard Drive. This doesn’t go on the motherboard; it goes near the front of the case. It’ll screw in or the case will have plastic things to put on it so it latches in. It does have a cord that connects the hard drive from where it’s sitting to the bottom right of the motherboard.
  8. Plugging stuff in. There should be instructions with all of this stuff, but the important things are making sure your motherboard gets power (attach cords anywhere they’ll fit), all your case stuff is plugged in (these are the tiny wires that give you usb drives and a power button and all that, and they go to the bottom of the board), your fan is plugged in, and the hard drive is plugged in.
  9. Turn it on. If it doesn’t work, it’s not broken. You missed something. Check stuff again. Or maybe it is broken. Get a refund, don’t buy from those people.

Nine steps. Nine simple steps. Nine steps and you get a machine that lets you play video games that look better than consoles, come with modding capability, and you get numerous different ways to buy games so they’re always cheaper than consoles. Additionally, this thing runs shit like Photoshop, browses the internet, lets you watch porn, doesn’t need you to put the disc in, comes in different colors, lights the fuck up if you want it to, can be upgraded as needed instead of requiring a new console, charges your phone, etc etc etc.

Thanks to emulation, a PC is not backwards compatible; it is almost omni-compatible. Run your Wii games and PS2 games off the same system instead of moving wires around. We even have some sports games, if that’s your worry!

So…why aren’t you a PC gamer?

Oh, you like Apple products.

You could have saved me a lot of time at the start and just said that.

You monster.

About David A. Reeves

David is a 25 year old graduate with a BA in English, and he's wondering how all of this adult stuff crept up on him. He has a large love of Fire Emblem and Final Fantasy, a lack of budget sense during Steam sales, and is involved in an abusive relationship with the MMO genre. Outside of gaming, David can be found reading books with swords and magic, suffering from writer's block on that story he said he'd write, enjoying a hookah or a beer with friends, and trying not to say anything inappropriate despite the overwhelming urge. He's an odd fellow.

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