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The undramatic switch to a PC gaming lifestyle

I was raised on the console and knew almost nothing about PC gaming until about two years ago when I had matured enough to understand the advantages. For example, when I was a console player, "modding" was a bad word. Anyone who modded in halo 2 online would have to deal with the possibility of getting banned and from that mentality my entire opinion of modding was informed. But that is only one example of the differences in console gaming that PC exclusive players may not even know exist.

This blog won't talk about one platform being superior to the other, but what I want to focus on is my journey from exclusively console gaming to exclusively PC gaming, which was recently completed.

[Steam and PC gaming are synonymous at this point and as much as I used to ask people their Xbox live gamertags I now ask for their Steam names.]

For the longest time I had been an Xbox and PC gamer simultaneously and was recently forced to switch to an all PC lifestyle after my move to college. I brought my Xbox and PS3 along but I left my TV remote at my house so I have no way of switching to the HDMI input. Surprisingly I have adapted really well to my new gaming outlook. My Xbox had pretty much devolved into a Netflix/HBO box and my PS3 a Blu-ray player. Even if I did play it was often just older games or GTA IV with close friends.

My Steam friends list has quickly grown and I find most people to be really friendly and good natured. One thing I have noticed is a greater sense of community within games. Counter Strike Source for example has servers with the same games running 24/7 with mostly full servers. Each game's community has sub game communities with their own political structure, or lack thereof, and niche in the universe.

The switch to this new and wonderful world has been a mostly enjoyable one that I am happy to have experienced and I hope that I continue to experience it. Thanks for reading this shitty piece of shit.
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About Blast73one of us since 3:13 PM on 09.09.2012

My first console was the Nintendo 64 but my first experience with video games was with Doom. My dad would let 1 year old me sit on his lap and play it. From about then on I have harbored a healthy affection for gaming (it's totally unhealthy). I enjoy most types of games but I have switched from just a player's standpoint to a more analytical position. I am currently working on a research paper for one of my college classed that ask the question of video game's validity as an art form. I major in film studies but that may switch to some form of writing.