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Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2007-10-15 07:18:11
I think I'm done with PC gaming, for the most part. I'll only resort to it for PC exclusives and games that demand a rigorous interface, like RTS games or Civilization. Most significant PC games are released on, if not specifically developed for, consoles anyway.
Hardcore PC gamers espouse the benefits of better graphics and customizability, but I prefer to relax in a comfortable chair, and play on my big screen with surround sound, without having to hassle with installation and tweaking woes, or tensing into a gnarled figure hunched over my keyboard.
Cost is also a major issue. Computer parts depreciate so rapidly that a "real" gaming rig is a poor investment. That money's better spent toward a high definition television (movies anyone?) or, you know, education or retirement. For the cost of a "mid-range" graphics card, you could get a PS3 or an Xbox 360 with a game or two. If you have a HD television, these two consoles have effectively caught up to PC gaming. A 1080 picture on a large screen at a comfortable viewing distance trumps a super-hi resolution inches from your face. I don't care how good Crysis is, DirectX 10 and Vista can take a flying leap.
I've been overdosing on Half-Life 2, thanks to The Orange Box. Here's a perfect example of great PC gaming available on the convenience of a console. I blazed through Half-Life 2 again (had already played it twice on the PC) for the achievements, and am immensely enjoying the two episodic chapters. Episode Two, in particular, is exceptionally good. Portal is surprisingly pleasing as an "FPS puzzler", and Team Fortress 2 is simply the best class based FPS team game ever.
I still need to tackle BioShock, but The Orange Box has just seized control of the Direman Press Game of the Year race. The Orange Box might be the best gaming value of all time. If you've never played Half-Life 2, it is a giant, a revelation of gameplay and storytelling, and a landmark in the history of gaming. Unless you think first person shooters are a pox from Hades, Half-Life 2 is not to be missed. The fact that Episodes 1 and 2, Portal, and Team Fortress 2 come with it on one disc is cause for at least five Huzzahs!
The Orange Box - Rank S
Now Playing - Orange Box (360), Everyday Shooter (PS3)
Xbox Live/PSN Gamertag - Vawce