Up For Debate - What Is Your Favourite Thing About PC Gaming?

Written by Jon Sutton on Sun, Sep 18, 2016 2:00 PM

Okay, you’ll have to excuse me for going very broad with this one, but too often it’s easy to complain about the problems rather than praise the things that are great. So forget the DLC crap and the microtransactions and the Games for Windows Live. Now it’s time to big up your number one favourite thing about PC gaming. The thing that you love about it above all else.

For me it would have to be the diversity of the experiences. PC gaming has long been the place to find strange curious and bizarre, experimental games which couldn’t exist anywhere else. I remember going into game shops and picking up some truly odd stuff which I haven’t seen or heard of since.

And this has only got more pronounced with the explosion of Steam. Whereas before you could release a game for £40 or a budget one for £30, now developers and publishers can target anywhere from 79p all the way up to £50. This opens up so many more doors for neat little games which otherwise aren’t long enough to justify a full-priced purchases. Games like Her Story, SUPERHOT, Hexcells and Train Valley are some of the most fun I’ve had in years. On PC, games don’t need marketing budgets of hundreds of millions of dollars to ensure success, and it’s here where you can find some hidden gems with fresh new ideas.

Over to you now then, what is your absolute favourite thing about PC gaming? Are you a hardware hoarder, extreme overclocker, or a bargain hunter? Love your mouse and keyboard? Let us know!

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16:34 Sep-24-2016

Too many things, but if I had to sum it up in one word: FREEDOM.

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18:03 Sep-25-2016

true PC freedom comes when you leave windows and you go to linux, but a sacrafaice must be made, many, many games.

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12:40 Sep-23-2016

I have a question, if Steam was as populated as say, Xbox Live would it have a pay-wall? But before you answer that, I must ask why do these platforms charge people for online multiplayer access again?

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13:29 Sep-23-2016

Profit. PS4's and XBONEs have production costs and the store price (in most regions) are lower then the production costs. Steam Doesn't build PC's, all they do is sell games.

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18:26 Sep-23-2016

Ah I see,thanks.

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19:24 Sep-24-2016

NP. :)

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13:43 Sep-23-2016

nowadays trend is to charge customers continuously, so monthly/yearly subscriptions are way to go for publishers,
prices threshold is delicate matter and is actually result of very complex market monitoring and analysis,
console hardware is proven to be unprofitable, so console software&games prices need to be stretched compared to PC games

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18:23 Sep-23-2016

Awesome thanks for clearing that up.

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12:26 Sep-23-2016

  1. I built it myself. 2. I built it myself. 3. Backwards compatible, free games, cheap games, mods, better graphics, multifunctional, not behind a paywall.....yet(looking at you microsoft) 4. I built it myself:-)

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03:52 Sep-25-2016

Ah, too much good things to say about this platform, although there's not much PC users/gamers (at least in my area) who's passionate enough about their rig (maybe because their PC is pre-built and pre-installed or just choosing their favorite setup packages like ordering at a fast-food restaurant :x).

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08:36 Sep-23-2016

alt + X in loadings (iStripper) :-)

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07:52 Sep-23-2016

I like PC gaming because i can do anything possible on games i have. Mod it, tweak it, you name it. Also freedom to use any other software while i'm gaming, like browsers to search for walkhroughs or beautiful voice actresses that i've seen in the game, for academic purposes.

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08:59 Sep-23-2016

The browser part you can do on consoles, portable consoles and mobile platforms... and that's NOT even gaming.

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03:23 Sep-25-2016

Well, it's the ALT+TAB feature that i want to say, it's one of my favorite features in PC gaming platform/environment. Using browsers is just one of the examples of what i want to do while i'm gaming, and i already said what i like the most about PC gaming in the first sentence. ;)

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04:46 Sep-22-2016

Playing on PC + easy access to pornhub

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18:37 Sep-21-2016

Better graphics, cheaper games and the modding too

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03:02 Sep-20-2016

Definitely has to be adding boobs to every single game that I have.

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19:00 Sep-21-2016

what about NEED FOR SPEED.

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20:44 Sep-21-2016

NFS is great game for boob mods! I usually download "cars are boobs" mod for most of my driving games. With that mod all the cars are swapped with gigantic boobs on wheels :)

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02:05 Sep-22-2016

^This guy gets it.

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03:57 Sep-22-2016
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12:30 Sep-23-2016

oho 30fps cap again

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07:43 Sep-24-2016

Imagine seeing everything in 30 FPS. So much motion sickness.

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08:09 Sep-22-2016

This comment thread xD

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07:41 Sep-24-2016

I live for them.

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01:56 Sep-20-2016

Buttersmooth gaming
Online gaming(when there's TRUE teamworking)
Fastpaced FPS with M+K
GPU

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19:52 Sep-19-2016

Aside from literally everything, one of the first things that came to mind was ALT + TAB... being able to instantly switch from your game to some other application.


(Games that break when alt tabbing REALLY grind my gears XD)

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17:39 Sep-19-2016

Graphics and cheaper games / amazing deals.

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17:38 Sep-19-2016

Initially keyboard/mouse controls scheme

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17:27 Sep-19-2016

I cant really think of anything particular so i can only recycle points which other's said.
The diversity of games, Steam, PC customization, Mods, easy access to fan-made games and stuff :)

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16:00 Sep-19-2016

The community. &#60= these guys keep spamming PC Master Race everywhere so everyone knows that WE,the chosen people, are superior in every way!


Praise Gaben.

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15:56 Sep-19-2016

No console war

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16:44 Sep-19-2016

AMD vs Nvidia?

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13:23 Sep-19-2016

More games, cheaper games.

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13:06 Sep-19-2016

Full control over hardware and software

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13:22 Sep-19-2016

Up until Windows 10. Dun dun duuun

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15:12 Sep-21-2016

dafuq

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16:06 Sep-21-2016

Wow... TheHubi speaks the truth and gets down voted? Talk about some butt hurt Windows 10 fanboys... How ya'll like the forced updates? Derp...

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12:10 Sep-25-2016

well you can disable the updates so i wouldnt call them forced

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09:12 Sep-23-2016

you have almost no control over hardware and you have no control over windows.

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12:56 Sep-19-2016

storyline

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12:45 Sep-19-2016

The ability to switch anything from hardware to software. And the ability to quickly switch to desktop when you're playing Playboy: The mansion like thing and suddenly your parents come in. :D

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12:44 Sep-19-2016

mouse & Keyboard must be the thing for me. Easier to aim / more accurate movements etc.


also a nice thing to be able to change hardware at any time, making all games playable. Also making gaming-videos is SOO much easier!

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