While researching answers to some of the typical myths about console gaming I thought of a movie about misconceptions. One that reminded me that often times people rely too much on the “New is Better” philosophy.
Oh sure, Real Steel is suppose to be a Father/Son buddy movie. But as a gamer I also can see how it could be a metaphor on how misguided our view on gaming technology has become. Anyways, the overall plot of the movie is about a washed out boxer reconnecting his son as they take an old obsolete fighting robot from pit fighting to the big time!
What does that have to do with the myths surrounding PC vs Console Gaming Debate? Pretty simple really, see the technology in today’s consoles are pretty old. And for many that means that they’re usefulness is done. They’re yesterday’s news! Or as I inferred yesterday, Pet Dinosaurs.
So hold on to your panties Mrs. Robinson because I’m gonna rock your world! I’m going to take head on 5 of the most quoted myths about console gaming.
Myth #1 – Consoles Require Cumbersome Controllers
Let me just say this right now, I hate console controllers. When I say hate it, that’s an understatement. I mean, who in their right mind likes to play on something that requires precise movement with by using only their thumbs? I understand that it’s our opposable thumbs that suppose to separate us from our furry genetic cousins, but come on! I dare you to tell a surgeon he’d have to use an Xbox Controller for an appendectomy! Go on, I double dog dare you!
Luckily we’re not stuck with that. There are several other options out there that allow us to play however we like! Prefer the old arcade joystick and button model? Well there’s a controller for that.
Want to fly your jet using a flight stick? Yep there’s controller for that!
Afraid you gotta give up your hockey puck, er.. i mean mouse? No problemo! We gotcha covered! Hell, if you just can’t get away from the keyboard that’s okay also because they got Keyboard and Mouse adapters!
Oh sure, all of these cost extra. But let’s face facts. How many of you “Hardcore PC Gamers” haven’t bought yourself a G15 or other gaming keyboard. And I know for a fact many of you have spent over $90 for a Razr mouse! So don’t you dare try and say that these optional controllers are just too pricey when they’re right in line with their PC counterparts.
Myth #2 – Consoles Are NOT Indie Friendly
All in all I found over 2,000 games by Indie Developers available on the Xbox Marketplace. Most of these offered free trials!
Maybe it’s not necessarily Indie Game Developers but Indie Mods and Add-on Developers you’re talking about. This is an interesting question. Personally, I’m not a big Mod or Add-on guy. (Okay, Okay, maybe that’s an understatement.) As we all know I’ve been pretty outspoken about my distaste for game add-ons. But this isn’t the place for that argument. But as I said it is an interesting question for console gamers especially for games like Skyrim.
I’m not entirely sure why Skyrim couldn’t work with Microsoft to deliver player mods with their Creation Kit. (My guess is it had more to do with account or system security issues than anything. But that’s just my opinion.) Anyways, there are precedence that player mods are allowed. The easiest example would be Halo and the abundance of Custom Maps players make and download today.
So maybe it’s not really so much an issue without a possible solution but more a question about demand? Who knows, either way Xbox is Indie Friendly it’s just up to developers make it happen.
Myth #3- Console Games Break The Bank
I really thought this one would be difficult to debunk. Everyone knows about Steam and how they’re always offering massive discounts and bundling deals. But then I decided to take a stroll through the Xbox Marketplace.
Guess what!! I found an Indie Fighting Game for only $.99! Yes that’s right NINETY-NINE CENTS!!! Oh! Want something a bit more “classy?” Okay then, how about a CastleMiner Z? This Minecraft derivative is only $2.99!
If you’re saying that these are cheap just because they’re Indie Games? Okay then tell me what you’re pricing is based on?
My guess is you’re using Steam Bundles or maybe Valve’s catalog of cheaper older games? Okay then, let’s make the comparison a bit more realistic. How about we compare Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game Of The Year Edition by Bethesda Softworks?
(Alright, I’ll grant you that the copy from Gamestop is Pre-owned. However, it’s still guaranteed to work and isn’t that all that matters?)
Myth #4 – Consoles Have A Higher Cost:Performance Ratio
Yesterday, my friend Admon made a statement how one could build a computer for $400 that would “…[B]low consoles out of the water.”
Well, I took this as a personal challenge and set out to find me a PC for $400 that would do just that. All I ended up finding was 3 Asus Computers for under $400, but I’d be hardpressed to say they would knock the socks off of my Xbox.
Thinking that only using Newegg might be a bit too restrictive I decided to do a Shopping Search on Bing and Google Shopping. In the end they both only turned up a Lenovo that I would honestly question if it would really perform better than console.
Granted I’m just doing shopping searches and it’s very possible that one might be able to build a PC with better performance for under $400. So let’s be fare and not call this one busted, but Inconclusive.
Myth #5 - Console Graphics SUCK compared to PC Graphics
This one was nearly impossible for me to prove or disprove as I don’t have the means to personally test it. However, I did find a Crysis 2 Xbox vs. PC comparison that I found interesting.
(Note: Click Image to Enlarge Comparisons)
Now I’ll admit the PC Version is stellar! You can almost see the statue’s nose hairs!! But is the difference REALLY worth paying over $900 (USD) or to be more exact over €594 (Euros) Granted, one might find a cheaper graphic card but to achieve the “Stellar” graphics you still end up spending more to upgrade your PC than you would to buy a brand spanking new Xbox 360!
Hmm. On second thought maybe this just proved that Myth #4 is busted after all!
So there you have it, proof that the 5 most quoted reasons why PC Gaming is better than Console Gaming debunked. Or Are They!?!?
What do you think? Have I given you food for thought?
Or do you think I’m just off my rocker and there’s better reasons to play PC Games instead of using consoles? Go ahead, I’m all ears.