There are a lot of benefits to playing video games on the PC platform. However, there are also a ton of cons that come with it and this post is to highlight some of those, and hopefully come to some kind of solution (if that) on what we could do.
Here are some of the issues I identified in a very quick outline:
- PC gaming is expensive
- There are significantly more trolls on the PC platform
- PC hardware just seems to last less than consoles
First of all, gaming is expensive as hell. It is probably one of the more expensive hobbies out there and is also quite time-consuming, which can indeed throttle production and sometimes cause you to skip work (losing even more money; but more on that next time). Even the video games alone are enough to justify my argument that gaming on desktops, or just gaming in general, is expensive. Just take a look at some of the launch games that have released. Each game that comes out, regardless of quality, retails at right around $59.99 USD. If you are lucky and find some on sale at launch or even for pre-order, it might drop to something like 45-50 bucks each, but that is still pushing the bank.
Then we can go talk about hardware and the different parts a personal computer needs. I have found that building my own setup is going to be the cheapest route, especially if I am patiently waiting on deals for different hardware. But I also found that waiting to buy an affordable computer, preferably one that is already pre-built and packaged for you (along with keyboard, a mouse, an operating system, etc.) is going to be a fairly good deal. Still, hardware is expensive, and with each new launch being as exciting as it is, it will continue to be expensive for us gamers.
Next issue on this platform is the sheer number of trolls on here. Sure, there are less children playing on consoles scientifically (since parents usually opt to buy their children the more affordable gaming consoles like an Xbox One, and adults usually are able to build a desktop of their own rather than just teenagers). But the issue remains on computers because even adults like to troll. I have not been on a single Black Ops III server on Steam where someone is not either trolling on the mic or teabagging unnecessarily. It is ridiculous and should not be this big an issue, but yet it is.
Lastly, I feel like hardware on a gaming computer platform just lasts less longer than consoles do. Think about it. How often are you PC enthusiasts upgrading parts of your desktop? Quite often, I bet. Even I, a cheap gamer that does not like to spend money if I do not need to, purchase new parts for my computer at least twice a year. Console gamers do not have to worry about their hardware being updated until the next console comes around. Yes, they may get inferior graphics or whatever, but think about how much money they are saving on hardware alone just because they are not upgrading every so often in a year.
I don't know, maybe this whole post was just a rant. I do absolutely enjoy the Windows platform and love the customizability I get from being a part of it. Just some of the things I mentioned are wearing me down and it gets tiring. Oh well, this is not a bash on the platform itself, but just some issues that should be addressed. If anything it is not that big of a deal, but I would still like to see the problems minimized.