Fans of PC gaming will forever claim that their platform is by far superior to any console out there. Be it the graphics, the free online play, the ability to customize and modify games as needed or any other reason, the PC as a gaming console has a loyal following that stubbornly refuses to even consider that a 360 or PS3 could be anywhere near as great for gaming as a PC is. (Don’t even think about bringing up the Wii!) More than one of those loyal fans will point out the convenience of user-made patches that fix all the glitches the official ones missed, as a great advantage as well.
Those who prefer consoles will point to invasive DRM and how easy it is to game on a console compared to a PC, where all you have to do is insert the disk and hit “play”. Granted, that has never been the case with the PC… if anything, it has become easier now than it used to be. Nor do consoles have the hassle of different operating systems that the PC has. Try playing Knights of the Old Republic on Windows 7, for example… it’s not pretty.
I’m not going to try and pretend that the inconveniences and difficulties don’t exist, or try to justify any of them. I do however think that how much of an inconvenience they are depends a lot on what your expectations are, and whether you are used to them or not. A console gamer trying out their first ever PC game is going to be a lot more frustrated than someone who has been gaming exclusively on PCs since the “good old days” of DOS, when games required you to reboot from a dedicated floppy in order to run them.
There are ways to minimize the hassle though. Little things to do and be aware of that can make PC gaming, especially the process of installing and updating the game, a lot smoother and hopefully more enjoyable. Continue reading