A few days ago VICE, also a popular publication site known for their documentaries published an article claiming that PC Gaming is hard. Vice has a few subdomain for the respective categories where their articles are published. Writer, Emanuel Maiberg, who wrote the article published the article with the title “PC Gaming is Still Way too Hard“. Before even Total Biscuit responded to this on Twitter I had read the article itself as it was shared quite a bit on social media. However, the writer of the article claims a few points of why he justifies PC Gaming as “Way too Hard” in these clear points. The article was published on Motherboard.Vice.com
- Step 1: Have an unreasonable amount of disposable income.
- Step 2: Have an unreasonable amount of time to research, shop around, and assemble parts for your computer.
- Step 3: Get used to the idea that this is something you’re going to have to keep investing time and money in as long as you want to stay at the cutting edge or recommended specifications range for new PC games.
Here’s Total’s Biscuit’s Tweet
We will break down each and every point made by the writer.
01|You have to have an unreasonable amount of disposable income
To be honest, being a PC Gamer, I really found that his points were taking the wrong direction. Sure, the cost of PC Building could reach quite a fortune, but it depends on how you take it into account. You could build a cheap Gaming PC and an expensive rig, this is the makes PC Gaming so flexible. In PC Gaming, there’s literally a whole sea of PC Hardware and a considerably an infinite number of combinations to build your gaming PC.
You could get last-gen hardware that won’t burn a hole in your pocket and still get a good gaming experience out of it. Does that make the cost of PC Gaming unreasonable? No, it doesn’t.
02| You have to have an unreasonable amount of time to research, shop around, and assemble parts for your computer
Let’s break this down into two points
- You have to have an unreasonable amount of time to research and shop around. This a point on which I partly agree on. As I previously mentioned, there’s a whole sea of PC hardware which could be overwhelming to a new PC Builder. But, fortunately, there are tools and forums out there with tons of support new PC Builder. One of the best examples of this is PCPartPicker, this is quite a handy tool as it allows you to choose compatible hardware and the cheapest prices in the PC DIY Online Market. Saved quite a hassle right? Or with the help of PCPartPicker, you could assemble a list of the parts you found on PC Partpicker and head into your local PC Hardware Store, simple, isn’t it?
- You have to have an unreasonable amount of time to assemble your computer. I disagree with this point. PC Building doesn’t require a whole lot of time, building a PC is pretty straightforward with all connectors being connected with the correct wire only. Aiding the issue would be the tons of PC Building guides online to help you assembling your PC, almost every PC has the same blueprint. Don’t Have Much Time? Well, you have two options here, First, just install everything and get it working, that’s all. Second, just get a Pre-Built Custom System from your favourite PC Builder. How does this make PC Gaming hard? Wasn’t it about gaming on a PC? The points they made above were if you were you build a Gaming PC yourself. PC Builders build their own PCs so that it’s their own creation and hard work. PC Building also put in hours to give their PC a clean look by managing the cables in their PC efficiently. Building a PC yourself and putting all that work in feels rewarding.
03|Get used to the idea that this is something you’re going to have to keep investing time and money in as long as you want to stay at the cutting edge or recommended specifications range for new PC games!
What? I have don’t quite agree with this point since PC building. Do you want to make the point that in the PC world you’re stuck in a loophole where you have to continuously have to upgrade your hardware? No, that isn’t necessary. First and foremost, keep in mind, consoles don’t run games at Ultra and High Presets in the first place. In PC Gaming, you have the options to scale your game to your hardware. If you want a higher resolution you will sacrifice on FPS. The graphics options are there to scale your hardware to the performance of the game. This makes PC Gaming so flexible. Second, it depends on which games you want to play, if you want to max out CS GO, even a cheap gaming PC will do, but if you want to run AAA games with all the graphics maxed out, you could do that as well with a reasonable amount of money, especially with last-gen powerful hardware, solely looking at a GPU for this example, take the new RX 480 that starts at $199, or even cheaper, the R9 270 or GTX 960. It really depends on your hunger for new stuff. Investing in a good GPU like the R9 290 even at this point will allow you to play games at high/ultra on most AAA titles at 1080p with good frame rates.
The Truth & Conclusion
But sure, the writer, Emanuel sure does give credit to how much building PCs have gotten easier compared to the old days. And one point that I would add is yes, PC also does have its flaws, I won’t really call out PCs as the best Gaming systems but overall, that’s what I prefer. Even though if you get everything hooked up, turning on the PC for the first time is a very tense situation, for some users even furious since diagnosing a PC that wouldn’t boot is quite a frustrating problem. Well, that’s it for my rant about PC Gaming. Anyways, all opinions are my own, and thats how I take the points mentioned above into perspective. Should we do more responds? We are quite curious what things we should improve. Let us know in the comments below.