Raised in the grueling environment of West London I strive to post my opinion on the world of video games. I own an Xbox 360, PS3, a competent PC rig, Nintendo DS, PSP and an iPod Touch (I guess they matter now). I also own a capture device it's nothing fancy, but gets the job done.
I feel I'm more connected to the world of first person shooters like Left 4 Dead and Bad Company 2 or free roaming sandbox games I mostly enjoy Garry's Mod, Assassin's Creed II, GTA IV, Saints Row 2, Burnout Paradise.
Read carefully this isnít a guide suggesting reasons to delve in the world of PC Gaming, I wouldnít wish that upon anyone, but if you already are a gamer and want to try something different this is for you.
Speaking about piracy on the internet is regarded as a taboo, frowned upon web forums and such but we all know that your uTorrent is loaded with cracked Games For Windows games, the Radiohead discography, and that one model from the Suicide Girls that makes you go crazy. Piracy enables the user to gain access to the full released product for a fraction of the price, how could you not like that? I have no fear of the police bursting through my door and arresting me, and do you want to know why? The influx of kiddie fiddlers, murderers and the crackers putting the game up on the internet in the first place occupy police time. Iím sorry but if your game, however long you spend developing it, and how many millions of dollars youíve poured into it doesnít feature some kind of multiplayer or co-op functionality Iím heading straight to btjunkie, pirate bay and isohunt all at the same time (hey itís the 21st century) and stealing your game.
Oh and donít get me wrong Assassinís Creed II, youíre swell aní all, but I donít think itís worth it for me to spend full price on a game and feel like Iím missing or should be getting a larger experience out of it.
MODDING, TWEAKING AND TRAINERS
Max Payne 2, Just Cause 2, Half Life 2, theyíve all got something in common (no itís not the number 2 hanging from the end of them) theyíve all got large community support gathered behind them because of their modding capabilities, from simple nude patches to full blown conversion mods, the community has poured their love into them, where else would I be be able to find a multiplayer game where Iím disguised as a plant waiting to kill my enemies by unleashing a blast of energy upon suicide. Trainers are simple .exe files most likely designed by the same hacking group ďl33t h4x m45t3rsĒ who put the game up on the internet in the first place, these files allow the user to tick a couple boxes and cheat without having to press up, down, left, right, turning 360 degrees, then writing ďfuckballsĒ backwards, trainers are really awesome because they give you a lot more freedom for example instead of typing a cheat that would give you $1000 over and over a trainer would let you define your own values (in laymanís terms typing 99999999999999 until the box is full)
Steam is possibly a godsend to most PC gamers, working like an electronic passport steam allows you to purchase games, and have them linked to one account accessible from everywhere including Linux and Mac, if this sounds like the new wave of DRM hell thatís currently inbound, you are sadly mistaken, Steam sheds light on many indie developers, giving them a chance at marketing their products, steam also acts as this super program that keeps all games updated and ready to run, and with the new Steam Cloud technology we will be able to access our keybinds and save games anywhere, ainít that awesome? Plus Steam is compulsory in order to play games such as Left 4 Dead and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
MAKE IT PRETTY
PC Gaming is awesome, because you can enjoy games the way the developer envisioned (having the greatest graphics, sound and performance) because you are not tied down to the same specs for 10 years like the PS3 or XBOX. if you feel youíre not getting the best performance spend some money on maybe a new graphics card, CPU, ram or motherboard.
So there it is, if I wasnít anymore disappointing, a guide to be an awkward Ikea chair bound sweaty virgin (!)