PC Gaming is both Awesome and Awful
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Recently, I've been letting my Xbox bathe in dust while my PC's been huffing it in like pure Colombian to accommodate for the strain my shiny new computer games are putting on it, and because of this, my poor plastic supercomputer is slowly getting dumped like a hot stupid girlfriend for my giant desk troll of a regular computer. Given this platform shift for my addiction, I think I can confidently define the pros and cons of PC gaming.

It's Mega Convenient
In my dorm, I have just one working ethernet port and the wifi here has a habit of moving like a snail with a depleted uranium shell, meaning that in order to have some rockin explosion time with people I've never seen, I'd have to unplug and reattach half a dozen cords to get there. It's like a quest before a quest. Streamlining everything means I can get to punching aliens in the face under the glow of laser beams that much quicker. It's to gaming what drawing tablets are to coloring.

Your machine is yours
In order to play on a console, you have a buy hundreds of dollars worth of equipment that bars you from opening it up and adding cool things like RAM, a skynet announcer, or an espresso maker. PC makers couldn't care less about what you do with your computer. You could build a liquid cooling device made from dolphin hides and Panda blood for all they care.

They last longer than some cars
PCs tend to outlast practically everything in the house as long as no mega viruses come looking for some tasty silicon. Modern consoles aren't so keen of following suit. Unless it's a gamecube, your console will eventually realize it's not getting the piles of money it thinks it deserves, and will devise the most creative way possible to commit suicide. It's like a morbidly depressed terminator, but you're actually really pissed off by the fact that it's dead.

Multitasking is No Longer an Option
Back when I didn't realize I could plug my PC into a flat screen, I would slide around my room from console to computer, which solved the issue on how to do homework and camp corners with a shotgun at the same time. Ever since the switch, I've found that this is supremely impossible. Even on games where you can put the thing into a tab, why would you want to? When I use a PC I want to see everything in all its unobstructed glory!

You have to Open up the Bowels of the Device
If you're like me, you bought a completely average PC, designed with cat videos and Microsoft Word in mind. This is fine, but if you want to saddle up a giant robot and punch giant robots in the optics in HD, you're probably going to have to shove more things into your PCs crowded innards. This is probably the computer equivalent of making Frankenstein's monster. It's savage. It involves a lot of screws. The chimera you created would hate you with the same fire that it's feeling from all the extra organs.

Most of your Console Buddies won't be seeing you on the other Circuit
PC gaming isn't that big- mostly because people don't like to mix their powerpoint with their power weapon. Sure, the bulk of your friend list just holds people you never really get around to talking to, but you essentially leave behind all your go to gaming pals. Considering that this is a world where making real friends is about as likely as finding yourself in a game of nude laser tag with lingerie models, those guys are kind of important. It makes the sea of sweaty, pubescent kids who know only "gayness" and "fuck" a bit more tolerable.

Losing contact with them is pretty much the worst drawback to this, or any format switch, but what better way is there to drown out the silent weeping of your lost comrades then to wrangle dragons with a bloody meat hook?
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When I graduated High School and went on to college, I found that almost nobody played consoles anymore because nobody had the room for a TV and an xbox. Anyhow, we've been enjoying Reaper of Souls quite a bit.
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Posted 3/31/14 , edited 3/31/14
I play with my friends on PC all the time. Just because you don't talk to your PC friends that much does not mean that's how it works. I have a huge group of friend's ive met online/real world that i talk to and game with over my PC. I even own my own TS3 server because i have so many friends and then my friend's friends use the TS3 as well. We buy games together as well.

You just gotta make a group of friend's and it all comes together.


And multi-tasking is no longer an option? I have a second monitor that i do my HW on. So you're wrong about that too. You are wrong about a-lot of stuff in your post.
Posted 3/31/14
Yeah, the writing style made me a bit sick with its too try hard nature that I didn't care enough to correct him on all points. The gamer make-believe years thing shocked me as well having a couple cars in family possession that I remember from early childhood with plenty of old computers not worth saving and a melted PS3.

Anyways - the only important point to touch on is the one MrChamploo covered. In my MMORPG days, I got to know every single person I had on my friend list. Random friend requests were considered rude, let alone checking one's items without asking. People can comment on the anti-social tendencies of PC gaming (online-alone gaming), but the fact is most people don't even understand their real life friends. I suspect the people with dozens, if not hundreds, of gaming "friends" that they can discard without feeling anything has more to do with social conventions of today than it has to do with if you have friends on PC or console and if you're playing in the same room or not.
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Oh crap. I wasn't expecting to run into people who know things.
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