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atomicblue said:
BasilZero said:

Both sides have arguments.

 

 

Console wise - first party support, buying pre-made hardware easy set up, early release date games

 

PC wise - Forward Compatibility, cheaper digital prices/better deals, free online MP

 

Neither is better or worse than the other, both have strengths and weaknesses.

 

 

Though for me the primary reason to get a console is for First party support.

Succinctly put.

I find it difficult to take anyone seriously if they insist that one side is unequivocally better than the other in the discussion about consoles vs. PC. Both sides cater well to different kinds of gamers, and I try to include a mix of both in my life (although I've been more console lately because Switch has seen a lot of really great games this year).

I'm with you. If I had to, I could come up with a list of 10 legitimate reasons why the WiiU is better than the Switch. I'm kinda addicted to watching videos where PC gamers put down console gaming and won't acknowledge one single reason why somebody would prefer console gaming! I don't know why. I just can't stop watching 'em.

 

But, like you said, both sides cater to different gamers. Noting bad about that.



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d21lewis said: 

I'd just like to know why you choose to be a console only "peasant", compared to the "Glorious PC Master Race".

There could be many reasons and I wouldn't know if they count as real reasons for myself or anyone else.

I guess it started with the easy plug'n'play which we could handle as kids. That moment when you plugged in the machine with 2 (!) cables, attached a controller and put a physical game in it was just magical. I still like it that way.

Controllers: I've always been a fan of console controllers. PC has kind of caught up but there's a lot of stuff to be done for certain controllers to work. This goes against the plug'n'play magic.

The tech behind consoles and TVs always seemed more interesting to me (different formats, the way we moved from certain channels to scart to HDMI).

Additional hardware like rumble, expansion, new chips are way more interesting on the console side. As well as chip tunes (not the fact that games had that limited sound but the scene that is composing and programming their own songs onto those tiny chips).

I like collecting physical stuff, it's like having a huge book/comic or VHS/DVD shelf. On PC people seem to collect games because they are like 0-5$ on Steam all the time, sitting on hundreds of games they actually never touch/play.

Everybody plays the same thing. I don't know, it's just a thing I like. On PC you'll have like 100 different versions of a game due to settings, awkward hardware combinations, limitations, ...

Local multiplayer / couch coop.

I like designs. And I don't mean having a black and glowing tower, mouse, keyboard, screen. Designs as in: console works well with TV setup, controller, additional hardware, clean OS (if any). It's a difficult task to design a device that is only for entertainment and social stuff and make it appeal to consumers. You can tell from consoles' designs when people started moving the consoles from their kids' rooms into the living rooms. Yes, some people already had them hooked up in the living room when they looked like toys but certainly not the majority of owners.

Granted, I am more into older consoles (still up to GC/PS2/Xbox), loving the non-existent loading times, no installs required and already kind of dislike the newer consoles for being too much of a PC (install games, updates everywhere and whenever you want to launch something, bloated OS, frail hardware because too high-end).

Consoles are about culture and magic to me. If I wanted to be all practical, I'd need multiple PCs because the Windows gaming machine would be the worst way to work with (as in "doing my job", not the PC running) efficiently based on my OS experiences and the need of administration. In the end it's all about _playing_ _games_. Which has nothing to do with calculating every penny you could save this way or another. If I want to play Don't Worry, I'll get the game (if I don't own it) and not invest in a blank board game which can be used for any type of game that uses dice and figurines. Playing games was considered a thing for kids and still is by a large number. And in my case, it's true. I'm playing either multiplayer like a classic board game or single player because I liked it as a kid. As an adult (which I am at 29yo) I would never sit down and play a video game if it wasn't for my past full of games and consoles. Doesn't matter if it's Mario or the newest CGI alien in a shooter with 1000000000000 polygons and multi super backlight shadow filter alias in HDR4K on it.

If you want to do a car comparison, do it like this: nobody remembers how great the cars from like 20-30 years ago were when they had few to no digital tech inside. They were easy to repair, they did their job. If you want to brag about how PC always has better specs (which is simply not true unless you are into upgrading more often, just like cars nowadays), let me brag about how I obviously have more (space and) money which I'm ready to pour into my collection (read: hobby, not just spending some time in-between work/dinner/sleep) that I can keep as long as I want and keep it running for as long as I want on the real things.

(Also, my hobby is better than yours, my car faster and more expensive than yours, my phone is always the better one with the better OS and nobody cares but the internet!!!!!!!)



AngryLittleAlchemist said:
MARCUSDJACKSON said:
Well console gaming is cheaper it's easier doesn't have high requirements like PC gaming but ultimately I'm a still be a PC Master race Sony PlayStation king of all consoles and Nintendo Legend of all consoles for life end of discussion nothing to talk about that's it

I love this comment It made me laugh!

Thanks...long live Sonic



atomicblue said:
BasilZero said:

Both sides have arguments.

 

 

Console wise - first party support, buying pre-made hardware easy set up, early release date games

 

PC wise - Forward Compatibility, cheaper digital prices/better deals, free online MP

 

Neither is better or worse than the other, both have strengths and weaknesses.

 

 

Though for me the primary reason to get a console is for First party support.

Succinctly put.

I find it difficult to take anyone seriously if they insist that one side is unequivocally better than the other in the discussion about consoles vs. PC. Both sides cater well to different kinds of gamers, and I try to include a mix of both in my life (although I've been more console lately because Switch has seen a lot of really great games this year).

In short:

- Consoles: cheaper hardware but overall more expensive games and pay to be able to online gaming;

- PC: more expensive hardware but overall cheaper games and free online gaming;

In 10 years a console gamer will eventually spend much more than a PC gamer when putting all the expenses together.



Birimbau said:
atomicblue said:

Succinctly put.

I find it difficult to take anyone seriously if they insist that one side is unequivocally better than the other in the discussion about consoles vs. PC. Both sides cater well to different kinds of gamers, and I try to include a mix of both in my life (although I've been more console lately because Switch has seen a lot of really great games this year).

In short:

- Consoles: cheaper hardware but overall more expensive games and pay to be able to online gaming;

- PC: more expensive hardware but overall cheaper games and free online gaming;

In 10 years a console gamer will eventually spend much more than a PC gamer when putting all the expenses together.

This is exactly the kind of one-sided viewpoint I find difficult to take seriously.

For one, I don't generally game online, so that's a moot point to me. You know what I do a lot of? Local multiplayer and portable, both of which are most easily achieved through consoles. Hell, Nintendo have a lot of exclusives that do some of the best local multiplayer in the industry.

Also your point about game prices is moot for anyone who likes to buy things close to launch, and honestly most third-party titles see pretty big price drops on consoles as well.



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Consoles:

1. Low entry price (as low as $200 to 500)
2. Simple to use (plug in and play)
3. No worries over drivers
4. Portable in some cases
5. Couch co-op
6. Simple OS focusing on media and games
7. Exclusives

PC:

1. Very versatile
2. Can settle for simplicity or max details/resolution
3. Not generational, so can play any game ever put on PC
4. No fee for online
5. Loads of sales on Steam
6. Can be used for work or other tasks
7. Keyboard+mouse or controllers can be used


Almost as if both exist for a reason...



Conina said:
Ruler said:

Being a PC gamer only last generation when everyone was bitching how PC gaming is dying and me defending PC gaming in forums like gamespot etc.,...

And where are these Titans for over €2000?  

Though, in MUCH fairness to you, it's the only Titan I never bought and the worst of the bunch. The only one not worth it, in my view.

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