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I haven't had a console since my Genesis way back in the day. Since then, I've been PC gaming. I've been wanting a PS3 since they came out, and finally got one a couple of weeks ago for GT5. I know, I spent like $450 for a game. But look at how many other PS3 exclusives there are. It's not about what's cheaper for me. Also, I wanted a Blu-ray plater, which the PS3 does nicely.

And to answer the question no one asked: No, I will not be giving up my PC or PC gaming any time soon. PS3 isn't THAT good.
Edited by Shadowrunner340 - 1/26/11 at 10:20am
post #92 of 190
If it's cheap gaming you want, a football at walmart costs $12, has unbelievably realistic graphics, and cross-platform multiplayer support.

Alternatively, a classic "dinner and a movie" date costs about $60, or the price of a new title. Such a date has a mathematical expectation of lasting 4.5 hours, more or less contingent upon the end result. Going on one such date per week, one could reasonably expect to spend $40000 on 10 years of dating. Thus, marry young and quickly, before she finds out you're a hardcore gamer.

If would rather game than date, use the above analysis to justify your conclusion.
If not, I suggest discussing the above analysis with your partner to get cut some slack in the expectations department.
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post #93 of 190
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Originally Posted by Pibbz View Post
PC Gaming:

It Only Does
FPS
MMOs
Expensive graphics cards
Hunched over keyboards
Relies on Windows
CD-Keys
No Games
Ok time to extract this...
You say pcs only do fps and mmos? What about rpgs? what about simulators? What about folding?
You say graphics cards are expensive, for $60-$100 you get a card that will do laps around a console.
You say "hunched over keyboards" whatever that actually means.....get a desk?
You say relies on windows, steam is on mac too, and windows 2008 r2 is easy to get legally free, and tweaking it results in windows 7
You say CD-keys, well you might have a point here, but some games(oblivion comes to mind immediately) don't and game makers are trying to get drm passed into the console market as well.
No games....umm......what?

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Quote:
Originally Posted by tquintana2 View Post
If it's cheap gaming you want, a football at walmart costs $12, has unbelievably realistic graphics, and cross-platform multiplayer support.
Ya, im sigging that.
Edited by Brenslick - 1/26/11 at 10:25am
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post #94 of 190
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Originally Posted by Phoenixlight View Post
With consoles every game released runs fine and looks great, you have to keep upgrading a PC to maintain the same level of performance. The cost of a HDTV is totally irrelevant, you can spend the same amount on a good monitor. There's no need to spend a lot on a HDTV.
The cost of an HDTV isn't irelvent it's needed for a console to function. Just like a monitor is for a PC, and monitors are much cheaper.

And you don't have to keep upgrading a PC. A high-end PC right now will be able to run games for YEARS to come. AND not every game runs fine and looks great on consoles. Especially when the devs start pushing the envelope, I've had many a PS1/PS2/XBawx games that lagged. Because the game was to much for the system to handle at times.
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Originally Posted by tquintana2 View Post
Alternatively, a classic "dinner and a movie" date costs about $60
Psh, McD's and a matinee doesn't really count as dinner and a movie.
post #96 of 190
Console gaming can be cheaper, yes, if you're trying to push the maximum graphic potential out of games. But only then.

$300 for a console on average with accessories, $60 per game new, $20-40 used, monthly subscription if Xbox 360
vs
a $1k and above computer with $10-50 games

If you're just looking to game at medium to high (sometimes max as well) and at resolutions that would make people go "hot damn" - then PC gaming is cheaper.
Then it would be like a $500-800 computer and in the long run will be cheaper.

The debate about life span can be tricky. After a few years, your computer needs an upgrade if you plan on playing the latest games (at least if you want to play them the way they're meant to be).
Consoles don't need to, they stay the same and the graphics improve over time without need for adjustment. But, at the same time, consoles do eventually get outdated and the next generation comes out while a PC can last a much longer time and do a whole lot more.

So it's honestly depending on what you're interested in for the long haul. You and you alone can only make that decision on which one is cheaper. Don't let anyone else make it for you.

Also consider the fact that there are alot of exclusive and fantastic games on consoles as well that sadly never make it to the PC.


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Originally Posted by PanicProne View Post
Cheaper or not, gaming on a console will never appeal to me.

I chose the PC, I'll stick with it. It's the superior platform, end of discussion.

Can you have the joy of customizing your own console? Upgrade your console? Fine tune your console? Do multiple things at once with your console? I think not.

PC = Real Gamers.
Let me repeat that for you.

"Can you have the joy of customizing your own console? Upgrade your console? Fine tune your console? Do multiple things at once with your console? I think not."

What do any of those things have to do with being considered a "real gamer"?

Absolutely nothing.


Whether you play on an NES or a super $10k computer - you can be a "real gamer".
People like you just..... ugh it's ridiculous. It's like not even a respectable opinion you have. It's garbage and shouldnt be considered one.

A "superior" platform is irrelevant to any discussion about being a gamer. I can play games on my god damn calculator if that's all I could and still be a "gamer". Most "real gamers" came out from only playing in video game arcades and didnt have computers or consoles to begin with. They're the only real reason why you even know what a video game is to begin with!

A "real film maker" can make short films or only perform at film festivals and be just as "real" as any major film maker.

A "real author" can write 3 line haikus and be just as "real" as any JK Rowling.

A "real racer" can race other cars in his beat up jalopy and be just as "real" as any Nascar driver.

A "real football player" doesn't need to be in the NFL. Just because he isn't playing for a superior team over his or her low profile get together with friends doesn't make them any less or more than the "real" or superior athlete.

The means of doing something doesn't necessarily mean that the outcome has to be any lesser or more than what it is value wise. You can be a a football player like the one I made up above with his friends and be just as serious as a pro NFL player.

A "real" human is just as "real" regardless if they're rich or poor.

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Originally Posted by snelan View Post
I respect both, and this image doesn't reflect my opinion but I just had to throw it up.
agreed
Edited by OmegaNemesis28 - 1/26/11 at 10:41am
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Yeah, I like he PC has no games one thats my fav...

This is the letter X from a list of PC games

http://www.gamefaqs.com/pc/list-x


Here is the letter X from a list of 360 games

http://www.gamefaqs.com/xbox360/list-x

What about 4 maybe 5 times more games for the least used letter in the alphabet. And yes PC is backwards compatible and also runs Emuthingies.
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I like PC gaming because it's cheaper and my PC doesn't break as often as Xbox360s do. Everybody I know that has bought a 360 has broken within a year or right after the 1 year warranty.

Also in the last steam sale I got like 10 games for about ~40 bucks (Metro, lfd2, jc2, crysis, alien vs predator, etc.). Not even close to a retail price of one of the console games.
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I like PC gaming because it's cheaper and my PC doesn't break as often as Xbox360s do. Everybody I know that has bought a 360 has broken within a year or right after the 1 year warranty.

Also in the last steam sale I got like 10 games for about ~40 bucks (Metro, lfd2, jc2, crysis, alien vs predator, etc.). Not even close to a retail price of one of the console games.
My Xbox 360 lost video output after 2 years in 2009, and M$ replaced it for free and I have had no problems since. My XBox 360 was out of warranty also, I just told them it had the RROD.

If you have Xbox Live though, arcade games are cheaper either 800 or 1200 MSPs which is about $10 ~ $15.
 
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PC = Real Gamers.
To be honest a real gamer would buy something that is designed for gaming rather than something which isn't but can play games.

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The cost of an HDTV isn't irelvent it's needed for a console to function. Just like a monitor is for a PC, and monitors are much cheaper.
It is irrelevant because pretty much everyone will already have a TV in their house which they can connect their console to, and if you don't already have a TV (maybe you're poor or something) then you can buy a standard definition 22 inch TV to play on, you don't have to pay for an expensive TV.
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