Debunking Common Gaming Myths

If you’re like me, chances are your parents are of a much older generation and have never been exposed to video games when they were young. Human nature dictates that we tend to fear the unknown; what we don’t understand, we come to both have an irrational fear and hatred for such things and concepts. My parents have always had a “phobia” for video games – completely believed in the negative stereotypes, tried everything they could to limit me from gaming, and would constantly belittle and ridicule me for having an interest in them.

Now with this article I’m not going to list and debunk every single lie about video games that baby boomers have. Instead, I will list down the myths that many parents, especially my own, seem to possess and prove them wrong. I’ll try to keep this compilation of myths and realities as short as possible, as we live in an era where youth tend to have extremely short attention spans and won’t bother reading anything as long as a very short essay. Here are all of the common myths parents believe about gaming and the comforting truths to debunk them:

Myth -> Video Games Rot Your Brain

Parents believe that video games require little to no mental concentration and usage of the brain. They reason that since it is for entertainment, the player is essentially losing their intelligence to such a mindless activity. However, they don’t seem to make the same negative claims when it comes to watching TV and movies…

Reality -> Video Games Improve Your Brain

Not only are those assumptions false and offensive, video games require high amounts of concentration and usage of the brain. Video games are classified as a mentally demanding activity unlike that of watching TV or movies. As with games like chess and poker, one must focus and be sharp in order to win.

In addition, numerous studies conclude you become better at problem solving, hand eye coordination, greater tenacity, and other skills that can never be obtained by watching TV or listening to music. Doesn’t it make the parents a bunch of hypocrites when they makes those claims about video games but not TV shows?

I’m not going to lie but video games is what kept my sanity and logic/reasoning in check throughout my childhood. It also prevents me from becoming the stupid man-child they believe I am from gaming so much. I get tired a lot after playing video games because it’s mentally demanding, kind of like when I study a lot for exams.

Myth -> Video Games Are For Youth

Parents believe all games are targeted towards either children, teenagers, or the general audience with some exceptions. Those exceptions they find are too violent, sexual, controversial, or inappropriate in other ways for kids. People who are adults that still game are seen as outcasts of society in their eyes.

Reality -> Video Games Are For Everyone

Although that myth was true back then from the late 1960’s to mid 1990’s, after that was when games were targeted to older audiences. As of the year of 2017, majority of gamers are in fact adults with the median being those in their mid to late 30’s.

Games that are too inappropriate for children are geared towards this audience. It surprises and shocks me to realize so many parents are still completely ignorant of the rating systems put in place for video games.  They exist so that consumers can be notified whether it is appropriate for specific age groups.

If you choose to buy a M rated or 16+ rated game to a minor you are not just letting them play “disgusting” games, but you are also breaking the law. Think about that before buying the next GTA or COD game for your child.

Myth -> Video Games Makes You Anti-Social

I can’t believe some parents (including my mom) still believe in this myth but they believe you get alienated from others when gaming. You decrease whatever social skills you already have and become very anti-social. Eventually you’ll refuse to interact with others and become a loner or socially awkward at work/school.

Reality -> Video Games Makes You Social

Oh how those few ignorant parents are so fucking wrong. Starting with the late 90’s and early 2000’s, gamers were introduced to online multiplayer. Consoles as early as the Play-Station 2 and the original Xbox had them which allowed random people to play games with one another from around the world.

Eventually with newer systems like the PS3 and Xbox 360 (as well as platforms like Steam), gamers were able to participate in virtual communities. Gamers were able to trade items, post user-generated content, display their own social profile, and do other things similar to social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and WeChat.

On top of that, players could communicate in-game and outside of them through voice chat and/or texting. So playing video games now a days actually makes you even more social and increases your social skills which benefit youth.

Myth -> Video Games Are Wasteful

Parents believe video games are mostly or completely waste of time and that you could be doing better things with your life. They find it just as immoral and time consuming as say doing drugs, banging prostitutes, and joining gangs. Most parents don’t have such extreme beliefs and state everything is to be done in moderation.

Reality -> Video Games Are Helpful

To the parents that believe too much of anything isn’t good and balance is needed, more power and support goes to you. Anyways, they have benefits that I previously mentioned that are proven by scientific researchers.

Such skills can help you get and succeed in jobs such as surgeons and video content creators. They can also help those suffering from stress, dyslexia, poor vision, autism, and so on to improve and reduce of those problems. So no, it’s not just better hand eye coordination that are beneficial in gaming.

Obviously if the only thing you’re doing besides mandatory stuff like eating, sleeping, bathroom, and going to school/work is gaming then you have issues. Unless you’re like me and stuck in a suburbs for the summer with nothing else to do since you lost connection with high-school friends.

 

 

 

How To Deal With Toxic Players

Anybody who’s played multiplayer games where you can play with random strangers online from around the world have encountered this issue before. Like with society, while majority of people are either neutral or good, there is always that small minority of assholes that spread their toxicity to make others suffer. This isn’t just limited to trolls sadly, as there also exists hackers, griefers, and what I like to call “punishers”. Knowing who they are, what they do, and how to deal with them can make online gaming a better experience and help you deal with losers in real life.

Origins of Toxic Lightweights

Now I’ve already written my own guide on Steam, but since this guide focuses on toxic players across all gaming platforms, I won’t be so specific. Let me start off with their origins – why they started being toxic to others in the first place. Majority of these rejects are kids and teenagers that have are either very bored, extremely immature, using the power of anonymity given by the internet, or are suffering from issues in real life and are venting their negative emotions. Adults that resort to these kinds of behaviours are doing it because they suffer from being a socio or a psychopath.

They tend to be college aged or still in their 20’s, aren’t financially successful, have a poor social life, and/or dealing with toxic people themselves. There can be other reasons but those are most common for them becoming sociopaths and hurting innocent people online. It gives them the power and satisfaction they lack in real life, leading to sadism, lack of empathy, and emotional manipulation. Looking back, I have to conclude my own mother is a sociopath so I know how to deal with them and what it’s like to be emotionally abused and neglected by such assholes.

Characteristics of These Idiots

  • Their profile is usually private to have full anonymity online.
  • If public it tends to reveal very little of their gaming activities.
  • Accomplished/played very little despite having joined for years.
  • Only or mostly plays games that are “competitive” to them.
  • Spends very little to no time at other games that are “casual”.
  • Has a controversial or NSFW profile username and avatar.
  • Very low level compared to other veteran players just like them.
  • Constantly changing their username and avatar for anonymity.
  • Having few friends that are just as low level and toxic as them.

Terminology of Losers

Trolls – These people are the most common and exist outside of online servers and lurk on forums, social networks, and other place where they can socialize with others. They tend to write anything they can to provoke others to get a negative reaction so they can feed on such emotions to satisfy their lack of positive ones. Resorting to pathetic tactics such as swearing, name-calling, threatening, hate speech, bigotry, childish comebacks, and so on. They also all for some reason love to censor to make themselves look better and lack original arguments instead by copying other people.

Griefers – Usually these players are the ones you meet in servers but they can exist in forums as well. Instead of using words to harass others, they will use actions which is more effective in pissing people off. Team-killing, idling, suicide, vote-kicking, and abandoning teammates are examples we’ve all been through. Words can’t stop them so you must fight back using actions to counter theirs. Unlike with trolls, simply ignoring them won’t solve anything and it just benefits them since they can then ambush the team or other players when they least expect it.

Hackers – Very obvious of what they do and more of these assholes exist on PC gaming rather than consoles due to easy access to installing cheat codes. While developers try their best to permaban such losers, some hackers are still persistent by using alternate accounts of using a different PC or IP address to bypass the punishments. Not much can be done with them other than reporting them to the developers who will then look into and investigate before punishing them. Games that have “dead” communities will have lots of hackers as companies no longer care about them.

Punishers – Rarest breed of toxic people that consist mostly of corrupted moderators, administrators, and developers themselves! Why do those with authority tend to abuse it when their egos are shattered so easily? They will use whatever tools they can to punish others to silence them or get even for insulting them or hurting their image. No, just because a moderator deletes your thread doesn’t automatically deem them to be toxic. People who also pretend to be moderators also fit in this group since they too try to punish others by snitching for bullshit reasons.

Strategies To Deal With Them

  • Block the player’s profile(s) so they can no longer play or contact you.
  • Mute their mic or disable yours completely to censor their trolling.
  • Report them to the moderators or developers depending on situation.
  • Ignore their posts in forums and move on with your awesome life.
  • Change the profile settings to private or restricted access to comments.
  • File a complaint or lawsuit against corrupted developers if need be.
  • Get ready to teamkill, votekick, or abandon griefers at moment’s notice.
  • Avoid playing games or game modes that have lots of toxic people.
  • Resort to only or mostly playing with friends or by yourself with bots.
  • Have other people ally with you and gang up on such toxic losers.
  • Appeal to people with high authority like admins and customer service.

Exceptions To This Guide

Of course, having a few or many of those traits listed above does not automatically deem them to be toxic. Many griefers and trolls know about these and some will actually try to disguise themselves among normal functional people. Others are just inexperienced or immature, maybe have had a bad day which isn’t anything abnormal, or have personality traits that turn people off. Usually mentoring or comforting such people can make them change their unintentional toxic behaviour. Hackers and punishers sadly can’t be dealt with regular means which is annoying.

Being passive aggressive such as ignoring and snitching should only be used as last resorts for the extremely toxic people. Once you’ve exposed or dealt with these toxic people, they tend to lose face and ego, and slowly vanish away from the community only to prey on other innocent victims. I do not recommend going against trolls and punishers directly unless you’re intelligent and rational like me, as I am able to outsmart them by using their manipulation against them and take their insults without being offended. I hope this guide has helped you and be safe online.

 

 

So Many PC Games Aren’t Optimized

Despite the superiority that PC has over gaming consoles, one thing which consoles will always have is well optimized games. If you’re a PC gamer like me, you’ll tend to discover so many older games from years or even decades ago that no longer work or have game breaking bugs on newer operating systems such as Windows 10. You’ll also notice usually the PC port of a triple A title that works perfectly fine on consoles is full of glitches for PC. And often times it’s usually the community that ends up modding the game to make it work rather than the lazy/greedy developers.

Of course, older games were specifically designed to run on the operating systems the developers had access to back then. Newer operating systems just didn’t exist so there was no way for them to make it compatible. However, often times the developers are able to fix it but they are simply lazy since unlike with publishing games on consoles there is no lengthy process enforced by the three major companies. On consoles the major competitors will make sure the games work with almost no bugs to ensure the consumers have peace of mind and not get pissed off.

Unfortunately such a process doesn’t exist on PC since it’s an open platform where you can install games from practically any company and website. So while PC games are released faster compared to console ports, the developers just won’t really care about optimizing it until people complain a lot. Other times developers are greedy and want to make a quick buck knowing that it can just be patched later. Since consoles have way more gamers playing them, developers will tend to focus more of their efforts to optimizing the console rather than the PC port.

Thankfully, since PC is indeed an open platform it’s not all doom and gloom. GOG is a website that distributes specifically older games from the mid ’90s to early 2000’s dedicated to being optimized for newer OS and hardware. If you’ve been on Steam, you’ll realize that lots of the older games aren’t optimized at all so head on over to GOG if you want old games that work. Oh right, if you’re playing a game that doesn’t require powerful hardware, sometimes that too can prevent you from actually playing the game without any major software issues.

Also due to poor optimization, it’s not really recommended to use a high end PC to play very low end games without tweaking it yourself first. Not all low end games are like this, but some are which may annoy the crap out of high end owners. But hey, at least PC offers universal backwards compatibility so long as you know where to find working games and fix broken ones yourself or by the community. And then there are some games that are just poorly optimized simply because of the way they were designed to be which can only be “fixed” by using better hardware.

Take Left 4 Dead 2 as a perfect example of a poorly optimized game. Despite being a game from 2009 and only requiring 256 MB of VRAM for recommended requirements, I still get very shitty framerate when there’s a huge horde. My laptop has 512 MB of VRAM so you would assume I can play at 1080p max settings and get 60-80 fps right? No it’s because the maps, weather, and zombies are not properly optimized since Valve rushed this game’s development to be released within a year only after L4D1 came out. The prequel took years to develop which resulted in better fps overall.

Maps such as Hard Rain, The Passing, Swamp Fever, and The Parish seem to have a lower framerate compared to Dead Center and Dark Carnival. Those maps tend to be very open ended, have lots of particle and weather effects, and tend to spawn so much zombies everywhere. The zombies themselves give off way more blood and gore then the prequel which actually lowers the framerate by a lot, and the fact that there is at least twice as much being spawned compared to l4d1. To be fair, certain parts of The Parish and The Passing are actually well optimized.

In the first game, it was rare to have more than 1000 zombies total in a campaign unless playing online. But in l4d2, that is now the standard offline and can reach over 2000 online which is a lot of damn zombies to kill! Plus the fact that there are always several special infected being spawned once instead of only one or two. I’ve lowered the blood/gore and played some mutations where the amount of zombies have been reduced, and when I did, holy shit did the framerate increase significantly even at much higher video settings that would’ve hindered me otherwise.

Other times the framerate is mostly consistent and I get 45-60 fps or even 60-80fps in some occasions since I disabled vertical sync. Okay, I mentioned before I am using mods and that is also to blame for overall crappy framerate, but even without them, I would still get 35-40 fps when there’s a horde instead of 25-35 fps. That’s still nothing impressive compared to the usual 45-60 range that I get. Sadly, with this and other poorly optimized games, one of the last resorts even after lowering video settings and modding the game is to get even more powerful hardware to run them.

Until there’s a lengthy but effective publication process that gets enforced by Valve, GOG, EA, Ubisoft, and Blizzard, some PC games will never be optimized properly. I still haven’t written my reviews for PC games yet as I’m still deciding to whether write and publish reviews for mobile games or to just move on straight to PC. I know back then I said I wouldn’t be writing editorials but if you’ve read my recent Then & Now article that I just updated a few days ago (which was supposed to be finished last summer) you’ll know otherwise about this and other updates I’ve planned.

 

Why PC Gaming Is Superior To Console Gaming

This editorial is something I wanted to get off of my chest for a long time and get published on to my website. Yes, you aren’t being delusional as I’m finally back from retirement after abandoning my blog for almost a year. Sorry but university and other things in real life have kept me occupied. So anyways, now that I have fully transitioned to PC gaming and moved on from consoles (until I become financially independent), I want to share my opinions on how PC’s are superior to consoles in mostly every way. Here are all the reasons why consoles are inferior to PC:

#1: Graphical Quality/Performance

While most console games still are rendered at 30 fps, I can easily play even more demanding games that my laptop can barely handle at 60 fps. The reality for PC games is that it has to be able to run at 60 fps with the range from 45-60 fps. Console games sadly run from 20-30 fps or even if running at 60 fps, the framerate isn’t consistent and is usually 35-50 fps. And that’s after the fact that developers had to optimize the game to run on the console by intentionally limiting the graphics. So not only do console games run like shit, they even look like shit compared to PC games.

On PC, the only thing that limits the graphics are current video game design software and technology, as well as the hardware you have to run the game. PC games not only run at higher framerates on average, but can also be rendered with better graphics and higher resolution. You can fully customize the video settings for PC games, ranging from shader, texture, models, effects, shadows, tessellation, anti-aliasing, filtering, vertical sync, and so on and so forth. With console games, what the developers put into the graphics is what you’ll be dealing with forever.

When comparing the graphics between console and PC, its usually medium to high settings that is the standard for the former. Unfortunately on PC medium to high settings still looks like garbage compared to high and very high settings. Yes, I know that with the newer consoles – PS4 Pro, Xbox One X, and Nintendo Switch – gamers can finally play at 4k resolution. However, the framerate and graphics will look like shit and it’s not even native 4k, probably just 1440p or 1080p upscaled to 4k lol. I’d rather play my games at native 1080p 45-60 fps then at sub 4k 20-30 fps.

It’s quite sad that console gamers still accept sub resolutions and very low framerate as acceptable. Even with my low end laptop (I will be getting mid range next year), I can still play GTA 5 at low to medium settings at 720p and get 30-40 fps. Let that sink in for a moment and realize how weak the original PS4 and Xbox One are compared to my shitty laptop. If my laptop actually met the minimum requirements, I could play GTA 5 at medium settings and get 60 fps at 768p. Oh right, you can also upscale the resolution for PC while consoles you’re stuck with the system’s resolution lol.

#2: Cheap Prices In Long Term

Sure it might seem impractical to get into PC gaming since you’ll need at least 800 USD to even get mid range and 1500 to build high end PC, but honestly it’s only expensive in the short term. For consoles the systems themselves may be cheap, but add in the costs of games, extra controllers and accessories, online subscription, it actually end up becoming even more expensive. With PC gaming on the other hand, you actually don’t have to spend that much money buying a PC if you can’t afford it. Just buy a less powerful computer or buy weaker components to build.

I can get about 20 games for 100 dollars during a huge sale on Steam, but if I spend the same amount of money for console games it won’t be so amazing. Console games tend to cost 60-70 or even 80 dollars now, and even used games cost between 20-40 dollars…unless you’re willing to pay 5 bucks for a game in shit condition without a manual and sometimes lacking a cover. PC games tend to cost 60-80 bucks as well for the really new games but then drop in value in a matter of months instead of years; eventually dropping to 40-50 bucks and then 20-30 in a few years.

And don’t even get me started with the sales that happen every other week! The games become as cheap as food from the grocery store and that’s often when people buy their games to not be ripped off. With controllers and accessories they are more expensive than their console counterparts I give you that, but you know what doesn’t cost any money at all whatsoever? Playing games online is totally free except when it comes to paying your internet bill of course! Why are console peasants willing to pay 50-60 bucks a month when I don’t have to pay at all?

To be fair, some games do require a subscription fee but that’s only because they’re MMORPG’s which require large servers to be maintained constantly. Oh yes, I mentioned buying cheaper components – you can easily upgrade your PC (except for laptops) instead of buying a whole new PC unlike with consoles! For consoles, if one part breaks and your warranty has expired or becomes void, you have to pay lots of money to buy a new console or have the company repair it. Another reason why PC gaming is superior are the upgrades which goes into the next reason…

#3: PC Parts Can Be Upgraded

Is your computer suddenly overheating or slowing down for some weird reason? Does your computer no longer meet system requirements for the latest games? Want to just customize your PC because you can? Well with PC gaming literally every component of it can be upgraded so you won’t have to buy another whole new computer altogether. Even with laptops, I can still at least upgrade the RAM and storage as well as hook it up to an external monitor to play at higher resolutions. Consoles cannot be upgraded so unfortunately every few years you have to buy the next gen system.

Okay yes, while the CPU and GPU are very expensive to upgrade, other parts such as RAM, HDD/SSD, monitor, optical drives, etc., are fairly cheap and can make the lifespan and performance much better. Of course if you’re always on a budget, you can opt to buy mid range parts instead of the super expensive high end parts. Let’s be honest, unless you’re into video editing or in a career requiring a powerful PC, there isn’t any point in even getting a high end PC besides bragging rights and personal leisure. And if you are poor, just buy a low end or mid range laptop instead.

The main difference between PC and console is that it’s customizable. So that means you can buy your components from any brand that makes them to make your PC run however you want. You’re stuck with what you get for consoles unless the company decides to build an upgraded variation or you choose their competitor. There are just so many options to choose from that you’ll be overwhelmed with how to make your system be awesome rather than by how shitty the components run. One more thing, I can optimize the components myself too.

#4: Full Optimization

If for whatever reason my PC isn’t working like it should or the performance has gotten weaker over time, I can always tweak it myself to improve it. There are so many softwares that exist which help in making my PC faster, delete unwanted cache and files, make the games run without interference, fix any major bugs by developers, and so on. For consoles, I would have to wait for the company to release a patch or update and that may sometimes not work. If I try to modify my console in any way, my warranty gets voided and its technically against the law.

I can also install updates to fix issues too on PC but unlike with consoles these patches are much faster to be available for download. PC software doesn’t have to go through the same bullshit process that Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo have which can delay the time for updates to be released. Sure that way those three companies can give consumers peace of mind knowing the software and games won’t be buggy, but with PC the community itself can modify software to fix it themselves. Best of all, updates on PC aren’t mandatory unless you’re having major issues.

While modding is considered illegal for consoles and requires you “jailbreak” them, PC is readily available to be modded. Anybody with expertise in computers and programming can easily create the files that can fix any bugs or problems and then publish it online for others to install and use. Often times for console games, if they’re shit or developers refuse to fix any problems, you’re screwed; with PC, you can just have the consumers fix it for you if that’s the case. When you jailbreak a console, you risk making it unplayable or causing issues that can only be fixed by wiping everything.

#5: Mods For Extra Content/Replayability

If you’re ever bored of playing the same old games but don’t want to buy or can’t afford new games at the moment, then mod your current games. Anything from skins, sounds, animations, scripts, UI, game modes, maps, and more can be installed through the Steam workshop or via third party modding sites. This can add new content and replay value as well as satisfy any fantasies or wishes that developers won’t fulfill for you. Want to fight zombies consisting of Shrek, Mileena, Donkey Kong, and Diddy Kong in a map resembling a giant version of a kid’s bedroom? Well you can.

Of course if you install cheats or use non-aesthetic mods in online matches you will or may end up getting banned by the developers. But if you’re using mods offline or only with friends then it’s definitely ethical and legal. Only downside to mods are that they can be taken down by developers if they wish and can lower the performance since they’re not optimized to work well with the games. I’ve spent hundreds of hours in Left 4 Dead 2 from using mods alone. In fact, had it not been for the mods I would’ve stopped playing at 200 hours instead of 600 hours and continuing.

Again like with jailbreaking consoles, if you try to install mods do so at your own risk as it can totally mess your system up and it’s illegal. If caught using them online even if they aren’t cheat codes, you will get permabanned. Unlike with PC, you’re gonna have to buy an entirely new console if you want to play online once you’re banned. Sometimes mods can become their own games, which is how the Counter Strike franchise came into existence as it was originally a mod for Half Life. On Steam, you can even get paid by the developers for making mods and get customer support also.

#6: Customized Control(lers)

Sure for the Wii and Wii U there were those motion based controllers and you can use Kinect and PlayStation Move for Xbox One and PS4 respectively. But you can’t change the control layout to your liking now can you? You can’t decide to use keyboard/mouse then go to gamepad then go to joystick. And any third party controllers you buy for consoles are exact replicas of first party aside from design and few extra buttons. Oh, and you can use your PS4 or Xbox One controller for PC games too. You can at most use a keyboard for typing on console but not for gaming right?

Keyboard and mouse is honestly the real way to play video games, especially for shooters, simulation, sandbox, and MMO games. For platformers, racing, and fighting games it’s recommended to use a gamepad which again you’re able to use so long as you install the drivers and configure it before playing. On consoles you have to adapt to the control scheme given to you even if you dislike or hate it. I honestly can’t imagine how people can actually play shooters with a controller at 30 fps lol. I tried it once in Left 4 Dead (1) and died so many times on easy difficulty.

#7: Other Practical Uses

For gaming consoles you can at most play video games, and maybe just browse the web and watch movies with limitations. For PC, I can play video games, browse the internet, watch movies, listen to music, use all kinds of software from video editing to engineering a rocket, call and chat with people, and much much more. So even though I’m paying let’s say 1000 dollars for my mid range laptop next year, I can do lots of things that I can’t do on PS4 Pro costing 500-700 dollars. Yeah, so I’m wasting even more money buying a console as a PC is actually more practical.

Other gimmicks like virtual reality and motion controllers are also readily available on PC, albeit at a more expensive price. Everything that consoles can do, PC can do better and much more. It’s pathetic how Sony and Microsoft are trying  so hard for consoles to resemble PC’s when they’re originally designed to be different. The point of getting consoles is to play games without the bullshit and inconvenience of installing everything on PC just for it to launch and run properly. That ties into my next reason which I will elaborate right just about now very soon.

#8: Convenience Of Playing

The irony is that PC’s are now convenient for gaming than consoles are compared to the past. Back then you had to put the CD or floppy disk in, go through so much pages of installation setup, type in codes or keys, and then wait a long ass time. Once that was done, you had to wait for it to launch, configure the settings which was mandatory, and then be able to play the damn game. Guess what, that’s exactly what playing on consoles feels like in the days of PS4 Pro and Xbox One X. Why do I have to install the game to the fucking hard drive of the console just to play it?

With PC though, I can log in to Steam, GOG, EA Origin, uPlay, or Battle Net, buy the games directly from the store, wait for it to download, and then done. I then launch the game from the application and I can start playing unless I want to (most people will) change the video and controller settings which aren’t mandatory. For consoles, if a game is being installed it becomes a brick; sure that can be said for PC but I can still do other things and play games on other platforms. When I’m playing on console, I expect to put in the disc, wait for it to load, then start playing without any hassle.

#9: Competent Players Online

Since PC’s tend to be more expensive in the short term, it turns lots of people off including kids and their parents. Yeah, I know it’s sad that people don’t value long term results, but that’s human nature for you. Anyways, that means there are much less annoying rude kids playing CSGO that can’t even play if their lives depended on it and more mature adult gamers that aren’t sociopaths. Well PC gaming still has its fair share of trolls, griefers, and hackers but they’re nowhere near as much compared to consoles or at least for very competitive and popular games.

Even if there are more and more younger gamers transitioning or starting with PC gaming, they still won’t be able to play the newest games. Those require very powerful hardware and they most likely can’t afford to buy such high end components to upgrade their potato computers. The fact that indie and free to play games on the rise that can be run on shitty systems will attract even more incompetent and/or immature gamers to them instead of the harder and more popular titles. I guess it’s beneficial to use something that isn’t mainstream to everyone sometimes.

#10: Better Customer Support

If something goes wrong and shit hits the fan who are you going to contact and how will it be resolved? Oh right, with consoles you’re gonna have to wait a long time for Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft to even respond. You’ll most likely have to call them if their website’s FAQs don’t help much. Then when you ship the console to their repair center you’re gonna have to wait several weeks and may have to cover shipping or even repair costs depending on the circumstances. And if it doesn’t require repairing, their advice won’t help much if it isn’t a major or minor issue.

With PC, you can instantly contact customer support and depending on the situation, you can expect Valve or EA or whoever to respond within hours or days. They can easily help you out with whatever problem you have and can ask for files and logs from your PC so they can use it as diagnostic data. Or if you have a problem with a game and want to refund it, no questions asked as long as you meet their refund conditions. While Sony and Microsoft are well known for horrible customer support, Valve (sort of) and EA are known for excellent customer support.

And if the developers or companies can’t really help you or suck at it, there’s always the forums which can be instantly accessed. Just state your issue and expect other gamers with more experience and knowledge to respond with helpful advice within minutes or hours. So even if you think Valve fucking sucks at customer service now, the community won’t ever let you down (except for trolls of course). No need to sign up for extra accounts just to be able access the forums since it’s all tied under your one account used to buy and play games when you first registered.

Conclusion

There you have it, 10 reasons why PC gaming is and will be superior to console gaming unless the companies stop making it resemble PC’s. Of course, there are some advantages that consoles still have that PC’s won’t ever have (unless you’re using the Steam box thingie) which I might discuss in another editorial. I don’t suddenly have a hatred towards consoles nor am I fanboy to PC as I had my fair share of frustrations when playing games on PC. I hope you guys enjoyed my first article written ever since my last review from almost a full year ago and have a good day.