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What’s Your Favorite Gaming Platform? (Bigfoot)

Video games have been in our life forever. I could argue the fact that a video game is what brought Krispy and I together in the first place, it was Space Quest III: Pirates of Pestulon, if I remember correctly. Those exciting times playing an interstellar broom jockey out to save his 16-bit galaxy. The 90’s saw the early days of point-and-click adventure games. So early, in fact, that you still had to give Roger commands by *gasp* typing them in. The nostalgia of this is a big selling point for me, but not the only reason why I know PC is the ultimate gaming platform.

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What makes almost any video game session better? Beer, you say? Sure, sure… but I’m talking about sharing it with friends! Anyone can lap an NPC on the race track, defeat a computer-controlled army, or take their team to the Super Bowl with a spotless record against a team of bots, but at the end of the night what do you have? You get to try to turn that into an entertaining story to tell at work the next day, that’s it. Now rewind back and imagine you’re going head to head against your buddy (or group of buddies) in a struggle for bragging rights… this makes your victories, oh so sweet, and win, lose, or draw, you get someone to share the moment with you. Ever back stab a computer team mate? Mildly amusing. Back stabbing a human team mate to take the win? Hilarious. Whether in co-operative or head-to-head combat, sharing the moment with someone else takes a session of recreation and turns it into a lifelong memory.

Remember when you received an SNES? You took it home, hooked it up, and probably spent weeks playing Super Mario World. There comes that time though when you get a craving to play Mike Tyson’s Punch Out from your NES, so grab the cartridge and pop it in your SNES – it’s boxing time, right? Of course I’m being facetious, no one really expected backwards compatibility from any video game system until Playstation opened Pandora’s Box with the PS2 (as limited as that was), and now when you get that shiny new console you might feel a little gypped that it doesn’t let you play your old games. Thanks alot Playstation! You know what platform doesn’t have this issue for the most part? PCs. If you want to go back and play the first Half Life, it’s still available! Fallout 1? Sure. Space Quest I? Yep. Even if I don’t have time to play all of my old favorites I sleep better knowing that library of games is still available to me.

Not only can you play all of your old favorites, but those and many more are avaiable for a lot cheaper than you would get for most other platforms (except maybe mobile games) – have you seen the sales on Steam? GOG? Go out and play an old favorite and then comment below and let us know what you were playing!

One positive I usually hear from console gamers is that they don’t have to concern themselves with whether a game will run on their system or not. This is true, not all PCs are going to run all the games, and sometimes they’ll run but do so horribly. To this I say, did you know PCs are upgradeable? It may come as a shock to console and handheld gamers, but it’s true! Buy a new video card and it just slides right into your computer. Bam! Achievement unlocked.

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Do you know why you don’t see cross platform first person shooters (or much of any games)? Because when it comes down to the controls, you just can’t get the same level of speed and precision from a controller that you can from a keyboard and mouse. It just won’t happen! Maybe in some future iteration someone will figure out a way, maybe that new input will look like a keyboard and mouse that connect to your console, but for now there’s just no beating a PC’s controls in terms of customization, precision, and ease of use.

When it comes down to it, there’s really no question. What’s the best platform for gaming? PC, hands down.

(Part 1: What’s Your Favorite Gaming Platform? (Krispy))

Whats Your Favorite Gaming Platform? (Krispy)

Throughout my 25 or so years of gaming I’ve played it all, in one form or another. I will always have a special place in my heart for console gaming as it was what i was primarily raised on gaming-wise. PC gaming was never something I spent too much time on, but have always enjoyed a good point-and-click or the occasional MMO.

Where my gaming experience has always thrived though is definitely the handheld field. Whereas I may not buy a home console on day one, I will always buy a handheld as soon as possible. Some may complain of the lack of graphics or online capabilities on these systems, but I have never needed those to truly enjoy my gaming experiences.

My first handheld system was the Sega Game Gear and, man, did I love that thing. Biggest downfall was that it only lasted about 6 hours or so on the 6 AA batteries it required. Due to that I wasn’t able to play it as often as I would have liked.

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Jump ahead about 5 years later… and out comes Pokémon. At this point, I never looked back. My friend (whom you all know on here as Bigfoot) convinced me that Pokémon was going to be awesome so I had to have it when it came out. He was oh so right. I played hours on end, day after day, I faked sick to stay home and play it, I saved up money to buy a worm light (remember those??) just so that I could play when I was supposed to be sleeping! My love for handheld gaming was safely secured at this point.
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When the Gameboy Advance came out I bought it day 1 with Super Mario Advance: Super Mario Bros 2 and loved playing through a game I hadn’t played in over 10 years with ease on my handheld: the graphics were how I remembered them, the controls fluid, and the whole thing fit in my pocket. Oh, and then out came Golden Sun, which I was obsessed with for many years.

With the release of both the DS and the PSP a few years later I continued playing on the go, or even just while I watched TV, for many more years. Being able to play Twisted Metal, Metal Gear and Tony Hawk on the go blew my mind. On top of that the DS was offering such cool gaming experiences with its dual touch screens, I was always playing one of those two handhelds.

Then came the 3DS. The addition of spot passing has added just another reason for me to carry my 3DS with me every where I go. With awesome original games like Super Mario 3D Land, Link Between Worlds and Animal Crossing: New Leaf to name a few, plus the countless awesome remakes like Ocarina of Time, the system just offers so much to play. Not to mention I can play Earthbound on the go now thanks to the eShop!
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Do I only play handhelds? No, not by a long shot. I spend many hours console gaming on my PS4 or my WiiU. I lead legions and guilds on mobile games. I even find time to throw in PC gaming from time to time. But what it all boils down to is this: if I woke up tomorrow and could only choose one avenue of gaming, I would pick handheld every time.