Originally Posted by xJumper
@PC Gaming is dead
Depends what you consider "PC Gaming"... When I think of PC gaming I think of the 2003-2008 golden era. Game comes in a cardboard box for $25 at Bestbuy or you go on the warez forums and get 65 rapidshare download links and put it together with a crack. Going on the forums spending more time talking about the game than playing it, downloading mods, remember those? Full conversion games for free made by the community, must have been on a dozen mod/gamer forums at it's height. Downloading the patches, then going on the forums when they didn't work and somebody told you to edit this .ini file and put X in your registry and then it worked. We had X-Fire friend lists, Teamspeak, mumble, clan forums, running servers out of my apartment for COD1:UO, games came with mod tools, games had more than 1yr life cycles. The internet was a nicer place back then too before the social media invasion of idiots and casuals, you needed a thick skin, every server was a bunch of angry dudes yelling profanity and all sorts of terrible slurs at each other for lulz and you just took it like a champ, not the new censored all inclusive gamersphere we have today. Before all the over marketed gamer crap too, a gaming PC would just look like a high end desktop, you would have a high end graphic artist optical mouse and a comfort curve keyboard if you were hardcore but not all this lame RGB crap, star trek enterprise chairs and all this crap marketed "GAMER" shoved in your face everywhere.
The games were cutting edge, the developers actually used the extra horsepower of desktop PC's to improve game play and do things that had not been done before. Consoles always had to employ many tricks to have nice visuals on limited hardware, e.g. limiting FOV, running lower frame rates, using "fog of war", making funnel style maps where the draw distance is relatively short, etc... PC games of that era the sky was the limit, even today with more powerful consoles things are severely limited.
If you compare it to that, PC gaming is still very much dead. Today you basically have casual noobified walled garden app store ecosystem style gaming where everything is overly monetized, micro transactions, pay to win, Madden NFL every year model gaming. Today's PC gaming is a console with a keyboard and mouse.
****, MAN. PREACH IT.
Gaming nowadays isn't what it used to be, and you encapsulated all the reasons why it isn't as fun as before.
I remember downloading a bunch of mods and skins from GameBanana. Now with stuff like Denuvo, which is getting more and more common, we won't see so many mods as before, if any.