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TamTheBam Nov 12, 2006, 05:37pm EST Report Abuse
I've had it with PC Gaming. I'm fed up with all this constant Hardware Upgrading - and
I'm on about every 1.5 years or so. To keep up with all the latest games out on PC
it's a sore on the bank balance. I've spent well over 2 grand on my current PC back in
Jan this year, and already newer games can be a bit of a struggle to run on the settings
I like (which is 1600x1200, bleh bleh you catch my drift). Since the 7800 GTX's have
been out there's been about 4 cards out since. CPU's can lag behind the newest cards,
etc, it's a pain in the arse. Having to OC a machine that cost over 2 grand seems
ridiculous and shouldn't be the case.
PC's are great for gaming - if you have the money - and it took me a long time to
jump from consoles to PC's for the gaming experience. But it's something i wish I'd
never done. In the end console gaming has been much cheaper, and every game runs
no problem. Where as the newest game out on a pc with your sli, and dual cpu might not
play as well.

So here's my deal, I'm gonna pack up the gaming on PC's as from when PS3 comes
out, and play games on that. I'll use my puter for multi media, and other apps and
save myself a fortune. With the rig i have now, this'll last a lot of years.

The only thing i will miss from PC gaming, is the MOUSE & KEYBOARD control
method :( apart from that nothing else... and my bank balance will be so much
healthier too!!

Tam...

I might even resort to XBOX 360. I miss the good ol days when there were a bunch
of us at mine scooping beers and having a laf at multipayer in front of the TV!
Now i feel shut off to the world playing against players who are down a phone line.
Even if i'd lan and a few puters at my house, it's still not the same cos your not
sitting next to each other cos of the bulk of PC's...


Anyone who diss's the Consoles, then fair enough, but it's they are designed
purely for gaming and fun. I don't like Sony, but i do like the look of PS3.


....I'm back, but only as a part-timer... :)
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Adam Kolak Nov 12, 2006, 05:48pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: PC Gaming...
Okay...Thanks for telling me your life story.

Both PC and Xbox 360/console gaming have my respect. Both have there individual pros and pros (intentional). Plus PC hooks up to DVI and Xbox 360 hooks up to VGA, so I can use the same monitor. I can use the same controller. And I can use the same Receiver and speakers.

Adam Kolak
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TamTheBam Nov 12, 2006, 05:56pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: PC Gaming...

Haha no problem WaterDrop! :P


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Scumbag Blues Nov 12, 2006, 05:57pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: PC Gaming...
Don't be so critical of him. If he wants to go out and tell the world about that because it's something he wants off his chest, so be it. It doesn't help if people are critical of him.

I agree with him. I can't spend even $1000CDN and I can barely play most games at decent settings.

The PS3, XBoxx 360, and Wii have lifespans greater than 5 years. A PC will only last you two if you are lucky if you are a high-end gamer. Maybe 4 if you aren't as serious.

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Mike L. Nov 12, 2006, 06:00pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: PC Gaming...
Tam,

I couldn't agree with you any more man. Consoles are not only cheaper and last longer, but they look even better too. You wanna know what my opion is? I think PC gaming is a SCAM! I repeat, it is a bloody scam. Either I'm right, or these programmers must be really retarded. Like you said, we've seen the introduction to at least 4 (and now 5) videocards just this year alone, and yet not one game can be run on any of them properly. Does anything seem a little fishy to you? Yeah, I think so too.

My opinion is that companies are purposely programming these games in such a manner that literally forces you go out and purchase new hardware. Whether any of you agree with me or not, is based solely on your opinion - but when I see people on this forum talking about how their 7950 GX2 can't even sustain proper framerates in Call of Duty 2, then that upsets me very much.

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I am what you would call depressingly comfortable...
Suspended User Nov 12, 2006, 06:01pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: PC Gaming...
Why don't you play Need For Speed Most Wanted on a PS2 and tell me it runs smooth, infact there are HUNDREDS of games on XBOX and PS2 that lag badly, and run around 25-35 fps. And I guarantee that games of the XBOX360 and PS3's future will lag badly.

You want to run your games on max settings which is cool, but of course you are not going to get amazing framerates, as far as graphics go, computers will continue to dominate consoles and surpass them before the console is even launched.

I definitely agree it is expensive to upgrade a computer, but remember, computers are not just for gaming, so you're paying for more than just playing games when you upgrade.

A console is fine, infact, I will DEFINITELY be buying a PS3, but only for the mere fact I can play it with my flatmates in the lounge/use it as a DVD player.
I will always use a PC for direct gaming as it is far more enjoyable with a mouse and keyboard and well, I love upgrading and the games that are on PC.

Consoles lack the buzz of upgrading/overclocking/modifying and FPS on a console, no thanks.

Adam Kolak Nov 12, 2006, 06:02pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: PC Gaming...
7950GX2 can't handle Call of Duty 2? My 6800 handles that game pretty well with settings maxed at 1024x768 except AA and AF.

Adam Kolak
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TamTheBam Nov 12, 2006, 06:09pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: PC Gaming...

Thanks DSL & Mike for listening to what I'd to say about PC gaming, and yea, I see
it as a scam myself. WaterDrop, no offence, but whilst I'm on PC i don't wanna play
games at the res you stated. I forked out money on hardware so I could run games
at atleast 1600x1200 hence why I also went SLi. Man it's cost me an arm and a leg!
No one's arguing with you here, I'm just making a valid point here :)

....I'm back, but only as a part-timer... :)
Mike L. Nov 12, 2006, 06:10pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: PC Gaming...
Water,

1024x768 isn't all that demanding actually; infact mys**tty ass 9600XT can do that. In any case, my point is that a 7950GX2 is capable of doing 2560x1920, yet when people can barely hit 60FPS at 1280x1024 ... that makes you wanna break something.

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I am what you would call depressingly comfortable...
Adam Kolak Nov 12, 2006, 06:16pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: PC Gaming...
Never said it was a high resolution. I was more pointing out the fact that my crappy old PC can play CoD2 just fine.

Adam Kolak
Moderator, Hardware Analysis
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Mike L. Nov 12, 2006, 06:19pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: PC Gaming...
I know, I know ... and I apologize if I came off as being rude. It's just that my point was, a 7950GX2 smokes both of our cards put together, yet it's not fair to those people who have spent hundreds and can't even enjoy it.

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I am what you would call depressingly comfortable...
Adam Kolak Nov 12, 2006, 06:28pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: PC Gaming...
Yeah that really sucks for them.

Instead of saying what I like about PC Gaming, here are the things I hate most about PC Gaming:
1. I spent $385 on a 20" Widescreen LCD with a 16:10 aspect ratio and many games (mostly EA games) don't bother supporting 16:10 aspect ratios even though its becoming very popular. I shouldn't have to look around the internet for a hack just to get a game to support 16:10. And how bout some 16:10 resolutions that are smaller for people with crappy videocards like me?

2. Some games have really crappy controller support. To play Grand Theft Auto:SA I have to unplug or disable my Joystick otherwise the game won't recognize my gamepad. It only recognizes the first controller. Other games have similar problems for both me and my bro's PC gaming setups which both have completely different hardware.

3. And all the stuff you guys already mentioned about the expense and everything.

But even still I love gaming on a PC. And building and upgrading PCs is one of my favorite activities.

Adam Kolak
Moderator, Hardware Analysis
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Afrow UK Nov 12, 2006, 06:28pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: PC Gaming...
Stick with consoles and then you're safe when it comes to new releases if it has the console name all over the box :)

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TamTheBam Nov 12, 2006, 06:34pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: PC Gaming...
I do love pc gaming, but it's costly if you wanna take it seriously. When you got a
mortgage and kids, it's painful on the bank balance i can tell ya!

Sounds like i'm contradicting myself here, but i'm not lol

....I'm back, but only as a part-timer... :)
Adam Kolak Nov 12, 2006, 06:56pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: PC Gaming...
I understand what your saying. Xbox 360 is on par with PC in many ways and will be for a little while. But in a year or two I expect PC games to become way more advanced than 360 and PS3 games.

Adam Kolak
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TamTheBam Nov 12, 2006, 06:57pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: PC Gaming...

Agreed!! catch 22 eh!

....I'm back, but only as a part-timer... :)
Adam Kolak Nov 12, 2006, 07:06pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: PC Gaming...
Tam, my suggestion to you is to get a Mac. Then you won't have to do any more PC gaming :)

Adam Kolak
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CrAsHnBuRnXp Nov 12, 2006, 07:18pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: PC Gaming...
Water Drop said:
7950GX2 can't handle Call of Duty 2? My 6800 handles that game pretty well with settings maxed at 1024x768 except AA and AF.

My 6800GS (AGP) runs that game maxed out.

Adam Kolak Nov 12, 2006, 07:32pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: PC Gaming...
At what resolution?

Adam Kolak
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TamTheBam Nov 12, 2006, 07:56pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: PC Gaming...

My set up runs CoD2 very well at 1600x1200 and high settings, but that's an older game
compared to todays games. I know it uses a lot of the Shader 3 technology, but that's
a year and a half ago that was out. I'm on about todays games. So my hardware is not
all that future proof, where as realistically, it should be, but the manufacturing companies
don't see it that way.

....I'm back, but only as a part-timer... :)
mothow Nov 12, 2006, 07:56pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: PC Gaming...
I know my 1x 6800 can handle COD2 and with both of them it runs sweet aa/af enabled.I was playing BF2 today at 1024x768 everything on high and 4x aa or was it af oh well which ever it offered and i was running an average of 80/100fps

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