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))

Bigfoot
Bigfoot has been playing video games for as long as he can remember, he was weaned straight from the bottle on to a Commodore 64 and hasn't looked back since. He enjoys sampling beer and hanging out with his family. A couple of his all-time favorite games are Earthbound (SNES) and Fallout 2 (PC).

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