My love of PC gaming started way back in the late 80′s when the console market was still relatively non-existent, and computers were used merely my businesses to word-process or keep files on.
By today’s standards the gaming world was Neanderthal-like, both in the games playability and the crude machines on which they were played. My first experience was with the PC/console hybrids such as the Commodore 64 and the Amiga. I excitedly received a Commodore 64 as a hand-me-down from one of my older siblings as they had gotten into the fast-moving new world of the Sega Master System!
It came with a gigantic keyboard that looked like it could sink a ship if thrown correctly, accompanied by an enormous tape machine on which to load the games. That’s right, the games were on TAPE! Audio cassette sized games that you slotted into this clunky mass that looked like an old D.A.T recorder, you had to hit a combination of buttons, and you could go make (and eat) an entire 3 course meal by the time it loaded. Seriously. Like 20 minutes at least.
At least that’s what it feels like looking back. Now I have a PC tower, with DVD re-writer, AMD Athlon 6400+ 3.0GHz dual core processor, 2Gb DDR2 RAM, Nvidea GFX card, 200GB Hard Drive space, I can fire it up in under 30 seconds, and in another 60 I can be online disarming a bomb whilst someone on the other side of the planet can be trying to reign fire on me and my team mates from an attack chopper.
The Call Of Duty saga, accompanied by the Battlefield and Counter Strike masses make up just part of the absolute phenomenon of online gaming that the PC world embarked on just a few years ago. Not to mention some titles like Half Life 2 and Crysis have been awarded such prestigious titles as Best Game of All Time, regardless of platform or era.
Yes, to say that PCs, particularly PC gaming has come a long way is the world’s greatest under statement. However, the console market has indeed caught up and most certainly taken over in terms of mass gaming, especially with the new generation of beasts such as the Xbox 360 and PS3 being online-ready right out the box. But due to the versatility, the ability to upgrade infinitely and the loyal fans it has accumulated over time, PC gaming will always be a world unto its own.