Back in my younger years and way before I became a gamer, I went over my cousin’s house often to hang out. Sometimes part of the hangouts were spent watching him play whatever game he was in the middle of before I arrived. I often watched him play games like Street Fighter or other fighting games. I’d sit in awe as he’d skillfully take out the CPU with a killer combo or final finishing move without blinking an eye. After a round was over, he’d turn to me and ask, “Want to play?” There were times I’d decline, mainly because I was self-conscious about being terrible at playing against him. It took a lot of urging on my cousin’s part to finally get me to play a game with him. My early exposure to fighting games made me quickly aware of what type of fighting gamer I was––the button masher.
People become gamers for a variety of reasons. Some get into it because of the gameplay. Others for story and characters. Or it’s a bit of both. Based on what your personal preferences are, you’ll gravitate to one game over the other. A discussion I had with a friend recently reinforced what type of gamer I am––I’m the gamer who plays to escape into a great storytelling experience and with characters who linger on your mind after you’ve put the controller down and turned your console off.
Guess who’s birthday it is… er at least two days ago it WAS. Super-short episode for everyone this week, as Joshua’s had a bit of a busy weekend with the birthday goings on and general hustle and bustle of the weekend. As a result, there’s no guest, no format and and no editing this week, so it’s KIND of a Gone Wild Incoductic episode. However, there IS a lot of gushing, giving a rundown on the awesome gifts his amazing fianceé got him and asking attempting by Joshua to get his birthday present crowd funded so he can Killer Instinct his face off. Spoiler, it’s an Xbox One he’s asking for. At any rate, enjoy Episode 29!
- Legendary Pictures Godzilla website
- Naked and Afraid on Discovery.com
- Killer Instinct… or “Why Joshua wants an Xbox One so Damn Badly”
- Tapsilog Bistro in Campbell, CA
- Disk Read Error Blog
- Geek Force Network
- Head in the Sand Podcast
- Pickles in the Microwave on Youtube
- The most GODLIKE birthday greeting I got. Shoutouts to my brother
- ALL OF YOU OUT THERE!
- ANYONE WHO WISHED ME A HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
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I’ve always prided myself in being one of those gamers who doesn’t buy every single, most anticipated released game on midnight launch or pre-order. I’m not putting down anyone who does buy a game soon after it’s released. Not at all. I’ve spent a huge portion of my life having to budget my money pretty tightly because I didn’t always have a large reserve of it. And when I finally did have enough money to get what I wanted to buy, I always had to make a choice between the one thing I really wanted over the other thing I wanted just as much.
Last week, my PC died. Well, a part of it died. A quite essential part, namely the motherboard. What should have been a routine RAM replacement turned into a spontaneous shopping spree for a new board and processor, causing some gaming and blog-posting downtime. Fortunately, my gaming rig is back with a vengeance, sporting a way faster six-core processor and eight gig of RAM. My games never looked so pretty!
Anyway, last week’s computer resurrection adventure reminded me of the problems PC gamers have to deal with. Next to terrible console ports, one of the most frustrating parts of PC gaming is the need to upgrade hardware. Where a console gamer just buys his console and plays on it for six or more years until the next generation arrives, PC gamers have to replace parts at least once every other year to keep up with the times. Many gamers choose to buy pre-configured rigs, put together by an expert who installs graphic cards while being blindfolded and chased by taunkas. However, a majority of the gamers I know decide to do the upgrading without the help of any professional, which can lead to many problems. You wouldn’t be the first gamer who throws out his computer after it just won’t boot because of a new GPU!
I don’t want to dramatize this, but I believe this is one of the reasons more and more gamers transfer over to a console. Call it laziness, but I can understand any casual gamer who doesn’t want to bore himself with the specs of the newest Nvidia card, or who just doesn’t dare to touch the inside of a machine. As my RAM replacement of last week has shown, just a tiny push or wrong touch can kill your entire system, which means that you have to fork over a respectable amount of money. I won’t name any exact prices, but let’s say that from the money I used to get myself a new mainboard and processor, I could have easily bought a PS3 (without any games or additional controllers). I’m quite sure that PS3 never needs a RAM upgrade.
Maybe the permanent need for upgrades is not the “bane” of PC gaming, but it is surely something that puts people off. Though I’m still a loyal PC gamer because my favorite genre (MMORPG’s) is still primarily accessible on a desktop PC, the easy “plug and play” use of consoles is attractive. After this traumatic death of my loyal piece of hardware, it only takes a few good console MMO’s to see me switch sides and join the console kids. Odds are low that I will kill my console with the need to upgrade its hardware…