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Menelaus avatar 11:09 AM on 09.12.2008  (server time)
Confessions of a PC gamer

Yes, yes, I admit it. I have...CORRECTION...had a problem. For no explicable reason, I enjoyed the bottomless well of PC gaming and the associated hardware, so much so that I was doing full system upgrades every 4-6 months, just to eek out a few extra frames per second.

At least, I tell myself, this was back in the day; when PC games were GAMES! When console fanboys would admit that, yes, PC gaming was at the top of the gaming food chain (well, maybe I just made that part up). When playing a game on a console was for little boys and playing with WASD was for men. Those were days, idyllic and everlasting.

Until Crysis, for me at least.

That was the first game that showed me the folly of my ways. I wanted so badly to play Crysis maxed out, DX10 ablazin', volumetric clouds and particle physics out the ass, but suddenly, I didn't care anymore. I realized for the first time in a long time that games such as Crysis had become extremely boring, and that chasing specs was a waste of time (and money).

I was having a...crysis...of faith.

So I went to Samsclub and bought a 42'' TV and a Wii as a gift to myself for having this deep and profound revelation. Gaming was about to be fun and simple, no way around it. I bought SSBB and a used copy of Zelda: Twilight Princess. By time E3 '08 rolled around, I had had my Wii for about 4 months. I had about 10 hours put into Zelda. The day after Nintendo's press conference, I sold my Wii and bought an Xbox 360. If there was one thing being a PC gamer had taught me, it was that the focused companies come out of the heap with the spoils. Nintendo was not that company, and their library of shovelware proved it.

So here I am...a lifelong PC gamer, ending his first month with a current-gen console. I have to say, it's been pretty good overall. Of course I'm behind; I'm that guy, bugging my friends to play Halo 3 a year after they beat it. But I'm trying to stay on top of trends here...I have GTA4, although it tends to bore me to tears. It's been interesting transition to say the least.

I would be lying if I said I don't still jump on Steam when I get the withdrawal chills, though. *Say goodbye to your kneecaps, chucklehead! BONK*

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