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Thursday, 01 November 2012 17:03

The Five Pros of Console Gaming Featured

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PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 gamers have been going at each other in a no holds barred battle of console gaming supremacy. The internet has been set ablaze with an abundant of rather disturbing remarks slandering both consoles and their users. Console gamers can rest easy for now and unite to celebrate the luxuries that PC gaming does not offer on a standard basis.


5. The Price

I, for one, spent a good chunk of cash on a high-end PC so that I could play Battlefield 3 and Skyrim on ultra settings. Both games play and look great but that extra buck that I spent for the extra shine on something that plays slightly better than its console counterpart was not really justified... or worth it, for that matter.

4. The Cheats

It makes a hell of a lot more sense playing first-person shooters on a PC with a mouse and keyboard rather than on a console with a tiny little controller, but I think that Call of Duty proved to all gamers that even first-person shooters can be played with similar results on console. Nevertheless, a lot of PC games get hacked to humility within hours of release. Though you may be far more precise and have quicker reflexes playing on a PC, the chances of having your fun spoiled by some 12 year old kid with aim-bot or wall-hack are extremely high, even on anti-cheat servers.

3. The Balance

Not everybody has the same budget to spend on their PC set up. Some people could have the best rig with the best gaming mouse and keyboard while other have to do with the bare minimum; running the game on the lowest setting and using a keyboard that ghosts when you hit three keys simultaneously. This makes a world of difference when in game. For instance, someone that has their draw distance all the way up could pop your head off before you even see them. This is something that you will never have to deal with on console, especially not to this extreme.

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2. The Comfort

People get restless sitting in front of a PC for too long. They just can't be bothered... and, again, if you don't have a great set-up you will most likely have endure the ass numbing and back breaking pain of sitting on an uncomfortable chair for hours on end. On the console you can just kick back on the sofa while kicking some ass.

1. The Community

One of the best things about playing on a console is the sense of community that you don't get from playing on a PC. Most online PC games require you to join Team Speak servers or have a very limited VoIP system. On console you meet a lot more people, make friends, form groups and just have fun. Both my Xbox Live and PSN friend-lists are almost full from people I've met during games, whereas my Steam and Origin accounts have a very few people that only added me because they know me personally.

 

Most of us, especially the old-timers, started gaming on a console (Commodore 64, Atari, NES, SNES, Sega Master System, Sega Megadrive, N64!); it was where we got in touch with the gaming world. We migrated over to PC gaming because the tech was so far ahead of console technology. We wanted to be able to experience everything and, unfortunately, back then consoles just didn't have the disk space or RAM to be able to run those bigger games. But now the tables have turned--all the AAA titles can also be enjoyed. Not forgetting to mention that a lot of the greatest game developers are now designing their game exclusively for consoles. So, it's time to go back to your roots, pick up the controller, and play until your heart's content.

Mike Tomasson

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