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Checkpoint: Not A Graphic Whores Edition


Crytek and Epic are predicting 2012 or 2013 for the start of the next console generation. As I read through this thread, with keywords such as ‘Crytek’, ‘next-gen’ and ‘console’, it was just a matter of time before the petty bickering erupted.

However, it did dawn on me that I am not a “graphics whore”. Any true “graphics whore” sports at least a 1080p monitor with the beefiest PC hardware to run their games with the highest levels of anisotropic filtering and anti-aliasing. I am not like this now and I don’t believe I was.

For awhile, I thought I was. During this time I believed it was PC gaming or bust. Then the seventh console generation arrived and I found myself satiated. I realized that I wasn’t a “graphics whore” at all, I just wanted to play games at a decent resolution. I mean 1280 x 720 is a decent resolution.

But that wasn’t the only reason.

I was simply following the game developers and their games. Back in 2001, first person shooters were a dime a dozen on PC. You couldn’t find the same experience on the consoles; it just wasn’t possible. Online console gaming was practically non existent and a majority of console developers out there had no idea how to bring those types of PC games to the consoles.

There was an obvious divide then; if you wanted a first person shooter, you play on PC. Nowadays? The lines have blurred with many developers focusing on the consoles for their shooters. Only the real time strategy and MMORPG genres have yet to settle with consoles. (Although many developers are trying hard to.)

This begs the question of why I choose console and not PC? Three reasons: social, scheduling and simplicity. It’s easier to convince a friend to buy a $300 to $400 box to play games with and that’s the case with me. I know more console gamers than PC gamers. Next, the release schedule which currently favors the consoles while the PC versions come weeks or months later. And finally, the ease of consoles. There have been too many times where PC hardware inadequacies have disrupted gaming sessions amongst friends. With a console? It’s just a matter of getting together to play.

These are my reasons. With a few subtle changes, I could be a PC gamer. After all, most PC versions of multiplatform games are vastly superior to their console counterparts on a technical level. However, I am not a ‘graphics whore’ and it’ll take more than prettier visuals to sway me.

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