I have been an avid gamer for the majority of my life. During my childhood, my father taught me how to navigate puzzles and conquer bosses in Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past on the original Nintendo, which are some of my earliest memories. Due to these cherished memories, console gaming will always hold a special place in my heart. However, as I have entered my mid-thirties and prioritized comfort and convenience, I have mostly shifted to PC gaming. I must admit, my decision to switch to PC gaming is largely based on my particular personality. I have a preference for things to be a certain way. Apart from my fastidious demeanor, I have some valid reasons, particularly regarding my lifestyle.
I use my PC for gaming as well as work
My PC is my go-to device for almost all my activities, whether it’s editing reviews for PCWorld or indulging in my favorite Final Fantasy XIV game. I cherish the convenience of having access to everything I need at any given moment, just by switching on my PC. It emits a gentle humming sound, almost like a living creature. Though it may not be ideal to blend work and play in the same space, I find it advantageous to have everything in one location. I even take advantage of my setup by enjoying a few episodes of my current binge-watch show while having lunch at my desk. The best part is the freedom to move from one activity to the next without the need to leave my workspace.
Wider variety of games
I don’t really have a preferred video game genre as I enjoy playing all types, ranging from independent games like Cult of the Lamb to major hits like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. What I really appreciate about PC gaming is the vast selection of games available at my fingertips. With access to various online gaming platforms like Steam, Epic Games, and Origin, I’m able to browse through a myriad of titles, uncover fantastic deals, and even test out free demos. I also relish in discovering lesser-known indie games that add an element of uniqueness to my gaming experience. As they say, variety is truly the spice of life.
Picking my own gaming accessories makes a big difference
I switched to PC gaming mainly for the freedom to choose my own peripherals, which is especially important to me because of my dual-monitor setup. The ability to adjust my music playlist on one screen while conversing with colleagues on the other is a game-changer in terms of productivity. It’s also handy when I’m playing games, such as Phasmophobia, as I can effortlessly access the relevant Wiki page on my second monitor for useful tips and ghost types.
My Corsair K70 RGB mechanical keyboard is another significant factor in my gaming setup. I’m impressed by the effortless key registration and the satisfying Cherry MX mechanical switches that offer better control, especially when I’m strategically attacking a high-stakes dungeon. In contrast, using a gaming controller comes with a learning curve since the buttons differ from game to game. But with a keyboard, it’s pretty standard across the board – use the WASD keys to move, control to crouch, and so on.
All PCs are backwards compatible
Console gaming can be extremely frustrating due to the absence of backwards compatibility, which prevents playing older games on newer systems. However, this issue doesn’t affect gaming PCs, as they come with built-in backwards compatibility. Consequently, most older PC games can be played on newer rigs, which is excellent news for gamers who enjoy titles like The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. Personally, I adore the game’s old-school graphics, as every character looks like a sentient potato, and I’m totally here for it.