Wolf’s Wicked Words: Platform Pantomimes
Running velociously across the open terrain that serves to be the unwilling host of the battle at hand, in a quest to find any nearby piece of shelter. A gust of breath exiting our protagonist’s lungs as he ducks for cover; having the solid and unforgiving earth slamming his chest. Gasping for cherished air, he sits up straight; hearing the horses’ hooves run past him, kicking up lumps of dirt as their riders scream commands and threats. Our hero reaches for his supply satchel, taking out all his needed supplies. Shacking, albeit focused; he pours the gunpowder down the muzzle of his rifle, followed by the patch and bullet. Having reloaded dozens of times since dawn, this is his last remaining bullet. Perhaps he may be able to collect additional ammunition and needed supplies from his fallen comrades, but the risk of entering the enemy’s line of fire for increased inventory won’t be worth his life. He’ll have to think smart and make this very last bullet hit its mark. He aims at the adversarial general; holding his breath, and hoping for the best.*
Let’s face it, there have been too many wars. Too many tragedies. Too much conflict.
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Gaming has seen its fair share of conflict. Be it between developers and publishers, developers and gamers, or just between gamers.
Gamers have been at war with each other. Sure the competitive games have had us cursing our gaming brothers or sisters since the early days. What I’m actually referring to is a bunch of little conflicts causing unnecessary heartache.
A few years back I was a PC-only guy and I must admit it was nice knowing games looked great on this platform, although I hate it when PC specifications were / are compared and that usually results in friends hating each other’s guts, or it determines the size and length of your manhood. Another added bonus is the comfortable controls for first-person shooters. I was having a fine old time, until that one night; reading an article that made me lose all hope for the future of my PC gaming life.
Seriously? You have to play Assassin’s Creed II with a constant internet connection? What is this virtual blasphemy?
I’ve been ploughed through the ears a few months back (a few months back for Past-Rudolf), by buying F.E.A.R. 2 on my beloved platform. At that time PC was all I knew and trusted. I was brainwashed into believing that consoles are shit and a waste of time and money. The reason for receiving uncalled for coitus through my cranium, was the 1.2GB update that was required to play the game. This wouldn’t have been a problem if I had more than 500mb of bandwidth for any given month. See my problem?
Luckily, that opened my eyes to the world of console gaming. How immensely grateful I am now that I’m able to insert the game disc into the tray and have a blast.
Playing games on my PC was beginning to feel like a chore and more hassles than having actual fun. Don’t get me wrong, I was still enjoying my gaming, but the more games came out requiring Steam and a barrage of updates, my PC gaming future was slowly, but surely becoming bleak.
Sure, console games are more expensive, I’m not going to argue, but lately, PC games are not that much cheaper to begin with. The thing about console games it that they are convenient. I’m going to do something I never thought I’d do, and that is to quote something from someone I am not very fond of.
Jim Sterling once stated: “People pay for convenience.”
As much has that hurt, I’m inclined to agree.
Not having to upgrade as much as I needed and not having the necessary bandwidth was getting a little bit old. Never mind the nerve-wrecking palpitations when buying a game. I wasn’t sure if the game would function properly or if it would require a mother of an update.
I’m glad I made the move to consoles, even though we had to buy the Xbox 360 on credit and forking out a large amount of cold hard ones for a PlayStation 3 a little while back, I’m not regretting it. I won’t be able to do that again any time soon, but at least I don’t have to go into a cold-sweat when buying a game any more.
Please, I don’t want to turn this into a “My platform is better than yours, nOOb” debate. I am simply stating the convenience factor herein. I’ll game on any platform. If somebody sponsors me for a Wii or a DS, I won’t decline, ever. I am a gamer, not a whiny bitch.
*I was going to have an erotic inspired introduction, but Cavie beat me to it. Well played, sir.
P.S. On a totally unrelated note, watch this awesome video.