These days, less and less people are playing PC games. Especially on this website. I'd say around 85-90% of the gamers who regularly visit this website are console gamers. Why? Well, a few common viewpoints I see among the console community about PC gaming are:
Computers were not made for gaming, consoles are.
Why would you want to use your keyboard and mouse to control a game when I could use a controller?
You constantly need to upgrade your computer specs to stay up to date with modern day gaming.
It is ridiculously expensive to build a rig.
The PC community sucks.
Why use Windows when I can use a Mac?
So, let's look at all of these viewpoints.
1.) Computers were not made for gaming, consoles are.
This is a common argument I see. Why should I play on a system that does not only play video games? Do you people realize how stupid that sounds? That is like saying, "Alright guys, I am going to drive this 1990 Honda Civic over this 2011 Jaguar XJ. Why? Because I don't need a navigation system, heated seats, power windows, a 6 speed transmission, and leather seats. All I want to do is drive." Obviously price is not a factor in this scenario. So you opened your front door to go to school or wherever it is you go, which car would you pick? The console gamers can take the Honda, and I will go ahead and take my Jag.
What the hell is wrong with playing on a system that does more than playing games? It is pretty convenient when I can manage my email, surf the internet, make graphics and videos, as well as play video games on the same machine. Is there anything bad about this? Besides, where would you rather check Facebook? Your Xbox or your computer? Personally, I do not enjoy navigating the world's premier social networking website with a controller.
2.) Why would you want to use your keyboard and mouse to control a game when I could use a controller?
If you know anything about PC gaming, you know that I will have to discuss first person shooters. The FPS has been on of the top ranking gaming genres for years now. On the PC and consoles alike, people just love playing these games. But comparing the control schemes between the PC and consoles is like comparing two completely different languages. Using a mouse and keyboard to control a game is much more precise than using a controller in the FPS genre. That is why on games like Halo 2 Vista, the people using mouse and keyboards got a handicap; the controller users got an aim assist. By the way, if you weren't aware, console FPS games have aim assists on them. If you don't believe me, then go play some Halo 3. Kill some guys on the other team, and then try and betray one of your teammates with the BR. Got hard all of a sudden, didn't it? But back to Halo 2 Vista. Why people use controllers on that PC game is beyond me. If you want to use a controller that bad, play Halo 3, or Reach. Nothing is more accurate then a mouse and keyboard in terms of FPS games. If you still don't believe me, please go back to your couch and turn Modern Warfare 2 back on.
I will not argue with anyone when they say that games like sports games suck on the mouse and keyboard. They do. If people actually are good at them, then I commend you brave souls. I really don't know who is all that into sports games anymore, and if you are, I would honestly recommend playing them on consoles over the PC, just because you will actually be able to get a match online. However, if you are playing an FPS on a console, then you sir, are a fool.
3. You constantly need to upgrade your computer specs to stay up to date with modern day gaming.
Yes, in the world of PC gaming, you have the option to upgrade your specs whenever you please. This is the reason why the performance on the PC blows consoles clear out of the water. Most companies release new hardware annually that is at your disposal. The common misconception is that you have to buy new hardware whenever it is released. There is no law written that requires you to buy Nvidia's new graphics card the day it is released. No.
And no, you do not need to do this to stay up to date with modern gaming. One of my good friends is running on a processor that dates back around to 2002. It is 2010. He is able to play Left 4 Dead 2, Grand Theft Auto IV, and Crysis. Obviously buying new hardware every year is not necessary to keep up with PC games. Who says you need to play the most spec-demanding games anyway? Counter-Strike, which was released in 1999 is still one of the top played games on Steam. Most stock computers can play this game out of the box without any modifications being done.
So yeah, whoever invented the idea of buying new hardware every five minutes is an intelligent individual, who must be very good at Metal Gear Solid.
4. It is ridiculously expensive to build a rig.
I agree, it is very expensive to build a rig. What we did not define here was a top-knotch gaming PC. Those can cost thousands of dollars. I am aware that this is a lot of money. However, it's not like you need to spend at least $1200 dollars to be able to play Call of Duty 4. No, it's not like that at all. I am running an HP Pavilion desktop computer that cost around $500. I then purchased a $120 graphics card and a $50 power unit to support the graphics card. This clocked out at around $770 total. I also have 35 games on Steam. The most expensive game I purchased cost $25. (PC games are cheaper than consoles, like oh my gawd) I would say that I have spent about $100 total on Steam games. Okay, that is $870 dollars. Now let's do some math.
The Xbox 250gb Model Costs $300. Now, let's name some games that pretty much every 360 owner has in their inventory:
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare ($60)
Call of Duty: World at War ($60)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (let's assume that you bought both DLC packages, so MW2 will top out at $90)
Halo 3 ($60)
Halo: Reach ($60)
Rock Band (Pretty much everybody has the instrument bundle, which costs $140 on Walmart.com)
The amount of money spent on this basic bundle of games costs $470. Yes, you spent $470 dollars on on 6 video games, while I bought 35 games for $100. Yeah. But we're not finished there. We have all of our games, and we think that we're good to go, but WAIT! Xbox Lives subscriptions cost $50 a year! If we are really going to show off our stupendous FPS skills, obviously we need to do this online. So, let's get our subscription going. Most people have had their Xbox 360 for over a year now, so they are continuing to pay this $50 fee (This is not present anywhere but Xbox). So, let's add everything up here. We get our console, games, and Xbox Live subscription for two years. What does this come out to? Oh my goodness! It is $870, the same as what I paid for my PC and games. So we go our separate ways. One year and a day after you buy your Xbox, you get the Red Ring of Death, and it bricks! So, you send it into Microsoft for a repair. This costs $140 dollars. Poop. So you are paying more than me for a piece of shit console where the games cost a noticeably more expensive amount than the PC, AND your console is prone to a hardware error that Microsoft is wholly aware of and has not fixed. Shit.
5.) The PC community sucks.
If you aren't a PC gamer, then how do you know this vital information? I have one small note to provide you with in this category. As most 13 year old kids are not very smart, they obviously went with the consoles. That is why every single game you play, all you hear is screaming 13 year old kids cursing their asses off. There is a very small amount of little kids screaming into their mics on the PC. Maybe if superior controls, price, and value did not sway you, this will.
6. Why use Windows when I can use a Mac?
Well, that is my two cents on this life changing topic. Whether you agree with me or not, I could care less. I am just sharing my viewpoint with you, which is obviously superior to yours. Have a good one.