What Computers Have Over Consoles
I’ve been a PC man all my life. Even though I started gaming on an Atari 2600, and graduated to an NES, for some reason I never felt I was in serious game territory until I got my first computer. 8-bit glory with a 20 MB hard drive, 9.66 MHZ of pure speed 640 KB of ram. Almost 10 times more powerful than the original Nintendo, unfortunately for me the original Nintendo was already dated when I got my first PC. Yes my parents got me my first PC just before the Super Nintendo reared its head. Almost twice as powerful as my new PC it ran circles around it, with games I could only dream of running at full speed. Still I wouldn’t have traded that computer for anything.
And as the years past I’ve never lost my love for the PC, upgrading as I went. I did have one moment of foolishness however when I bought myself a PlayStation while working at a video game store. My lack of funds and weariness of the sudden need for graphics accelerators and fierce competition from Imacs which threatened to turn my PC world upside down made me trade in my trusty PC for a console. At first I thought it was the greatest thing ever, I could pick it up and head to friends places to play had no worry of hardware no longer working. But when the honeymoon was over, I still wanted a PC.
Just as Consoles have camps which fight against each other to name the superiority of their consumer addiction, the world of PCs has their own subcultures. Windows VS any version of Linux is a fairly big example, and Mac PCs waiting on the sidelines to pounce on the winner of that fight. However the problem with a Linux PC is that you actually need to know more than how to click the mouse in order to install and use it, which immediately eliminates a large portion of PC users. The problem with Mac is that software support, while growing steadily since the Imac days is still behind Windows PCs.
But still owning a Windows PC is not without a high degree of maintenance. Its not like you need to wash and wax it or anything, but it does tend to completely destroy itself over time. With the old Dos operating system I was used to, PCs were fairly robust with their one major problem being the conventional memory limitation. But once Windows 95 came around everything changed. Nowadays Windows PCs seem to simply self destruct every once in a while whether by their own DLL nature, or by the will of an ominous email sender.
One such sender of email sent a Windows ending attachment to a friend of mine. In a moment of weakness she decided to open the attachment thinking that she had won a free flight. Fortunately she was on her BlackBerry at the time and couldn’t open the attachment. Unfortunately this person was at my Mother’s house and asked to use her PC to open the attachment. After opening a virtual Pandora’s Box on my mothers PC which left it barely coherent, said friend promptly left and I received a phone call from my mother.
“Could you look at my computer? Someone opened an email attachment from Niger about free airline tickets on my computer and now it doesn’t work.”
But now as I navigate the web trying to find out how to rid this computer of this infection, I’m playing a different type of game. Admittedly one that I’ve played many times before, but one console gamers will never get to play. A game with everything at stake, and high replay value but low replay appeal. This game resembles tower defense, but in reverse. Someone of nefarious origin has built a defense tower on my Mother’s PC, and I have to send my army of crappy free internet software to attempt to destroy its defenses. At stake? Countless priceless vacation photos and movies, as well as the ability to play Zynga’s hit Farmville.
So remember, next time you find yourself pondering the superiority of almost any other computing/entertainment device in the universe besides a Windows PC, just think this could be you banging your head on a desk.
By James Sullivan
James decided it was time to update this little tag line and call himself the EIC of GameAspect.Com and also the operator. He’s primarily a PC gamer but enjoys the occasional console game. RTS, Racing, FPS and RPG are his games of choice… but he’ll play just about any game.