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For most of my childhood years, I only knew the gaming consoles: I had the Nintendo, Sega, and X-Box, but now as an adult, I just recently built my first gaming rig, this doesn't have the same feel when I bought the Dreamcast on 9.9.99 or the X-Box in 2003-4. I think it's crazy since I can access almost any game from Steam and download it in less than 30 minutes, review any game in seconds before buying etc. What's your opinion on this?

LOL. I do actually enjoy Morrowind: I've failed to install the Overhaul patch, but I will get it soon.
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You can always buy an X-Box 360 controller and play games that support it on your PC. Or use pretty much any other controller with xpadder/motionjoy. I've always gamed on my PC except for maybe the SNES when it first came out. Baldur's Gate, Dungeon Keeper 2, Mech Warrior 2...those were the good ole days for me.

Have you considered running Morroblivion instead of the Overhaul?
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I didn't want to do Morroblivion because it looks like Oblivion. I've seen the Overhaul patch on YouTube and liked how it just improves and keeps the game to the original as much as possible.

What's the cheapest X-Box 360 controllers for Windows. I've looked an it seems like it's $59.99 U.S. I think that you might be right. It because I'm playing GTA 4 with the keyboard and mouse and that's probably why it feels different. It doesn't feel comfortable for me. I think keyboard and mouse is for FPS.
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Why Does PC gaming Feel So Different From Console Gaming?

Because games doesnt play you, you play with games as you want tongue.gif
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May have something to do with the versatility of the PC and its features. I also grew up around consoles, the PC's at that time was way to expensive and we didnt need one back then(different times baby:)). My family got its first PC in 98-99 and ever since the PC has been my prefered platform. Even though i still play console on rare occasions I just cant get used to the controller anymore. The reason I started to play on PC was because of the mouse and keyboard, I play a lot of RTS games and the high speed and accuracy of the mouse +the hotkeys on the keyboard makes it the best for this genre of games. This however only covers the gaming aspect of the PC, I always used(and still do) the PC for info and media, something the consoles cannot do.
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360 controller

i use mine for some games and others i prefer the mouse and keyboard. granted i'm missing most of the finger on my left hand and a controller is just easier for me to use on some games
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Yeah, With a console you are forced to play games.... Because thats all it does, With a PC.... The possibilities are endless.
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I grew up a console gamer too and I think it's because we were kids those new consoles were so exciting to have now that were older and games dont feel as exciting it's more meh when you get something new anyway I rarely play pc games with mouse I mainly play with the 360 controller and it feels pretty much the same as if I were playing on 360 except on PC the frame rate is smooth and image quality is better at 1080p
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For most of my childhood years, I only knew the gaming consoles: I had the Nintendo, Sega, and X-Box, but now as an adult, I just recently built my first gaming rig, this doesn't have the same feel when I bought the Dreamcast on 9.9.99 or the X-Box in 2003-4. I think it's crazy since I can access almost any game from Steam and download it in less than 30 minutes, review any game in seconds before buying etc. What's your opinion on this?
LOL. I do actually enjoy Morrowind: I've failed to install the Overhaul patch, but I will get it soon.

Personally, the consoles only had their appeal to me when everything was possible using a split-screen with the 2-4 people in the same room. It was great for entertaining groups of people. Remember Mario Kart? Probably my most memorable game of all time... Man I got good at that stupid game... Flat out could not be beat by any of my friends while we were playing split screen. LittleBigPlanet was the last time I was in a room full of people crying laughing as we played, it was also the last time I thoroughly enjoyed playing a game on a console.

Now that aspect of console gaming is mostly gone, I can't really find a reason to power on my PS3 for gaming anymore. Gaming on the PC is so much more... flexible, I guess. You can play every type of game on it; flying, driving, fighting, shooting, literally anything. Having the keyboard to talk to people is awesome too. Sometimes you don't want to use a microphone or listen to anyone else talk.

The best part is, when you are done gaming, you can immediately be productive again. I sometimes play a game or two of BF3 when I'm getting tired in order to get fired up again, then get back to work feeling refreshed.

However, If I understand you correctly, I know what you mean about the "excitement" of video games being largely gone. I feel like as we get older, there is so much less free time, so games are no longer at the forefront of our minds. When I was little, all I wanted to do was sit around and wait for this new game or new console. Now days I see something cool that is coming out, then think to myself, "oh man, I'm going to have to check that out once it releases!" I often find that by the time the release day has come about, I've completely forgotten about it. Sometimes I decide to buy it, other times I decide I'm to busy right now and ignore it.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining, the things I'm busy with seem to be much more rewarding than video games. I still find the time to play games every now-and-again, but I guess the neural reward from playing games has worn off for me. Plus, it's getting more and more difficult to find time to play with your friends; no one's schedules line up anymore.

Long story short, it's hard to directly compare how you felt about something when you were a kid as the scale is skewed by time and experiences. I still remember how excited I was when I got my XBox... Good times. smile.gif
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I enjoyed GTA on the X-Box and I think it's because I'm missing the X-Box 360 controllers. I use the keyboard and mouse for FPS; I think this is the reason why PC gaming feels different. I think rageofthepeon hit the mark exactly.
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