Tired of the 30 days game challenge? Enjoy my own personal revisitation of a classic challenge! Instead of 30 daily posts that fill an entire month, this challenge is more diluted in time and it will cover all the year 2018. 52 weeks, 52 questions to understand who’s the person behind this blog. Me!
Week 14 – Your game system of choice
Another tough question but this time the answer is probably easier than what I thought.
For most of my life I’ve been primarily a PC gamer. Until the very recent years, when I started collecting consoles and games from every kind of platform, the only console I owned in my whole life was the NES (I still own 🙂 ) and since I got my first PC, a 286 in 1994 I kept playing games on PC.
I think the PC, while is not a platform designed specifically for games, it’s the best system to play games (or at least it has been the best one, at the moment I’m not so much into PC gaming because I still have the same entry level laptop since 4 years…).
The main reason, as far as I’m concerned, is that the PC offers a larger range of playable games. While some of the games designed for console were exclusively for console, a big part of them were cross-platform. Plus some of the best games of the 90s designed for PC, even if they weren’t PC-exclusive, they played way better on PC than on console. Let’s consider some of my all-time favourite games like Doom or Wolfenstein. Made for PC, they were ported on console but these version are a bit more difficult to play mainly because if you use a keybord you have almost endless possibility to assign an action to a specific key: consider for example the weapons selection in Duke Nukem 3D: 10 weapons, 10 keys (0-9) so you can easily switch from a shotgun to the RPG in a second.
On the other hand let’s consider some games released first on console and then ported on PC: Resident Evil, again, one of my favourite games that I’ve played a million times so I can spot the differences. Well, even though at first getting used to the keys instead of the joypad is a bit complicated, after a few minutes it looks like the games was designed for the keyboard.
So I can say that the games designed for PC struggle whn ported on console and on the contrary the games designed for console play well on PC.
In the end there are a lot of games I have never seen on console that were great fun on PC. Platformers like Superfrog, Commander Keen or Jazz Jackrabbit, RPGs like Baldur’s Gate, FPSs like Rise of the Triad and racing games like the immortal Grand Prix 2.
What about your system of choice? Let me know in the comments section!