Remember a time when computer games were not played on a console, but rather on a PC that was considered the "family computer?" I sure do. I remember spending 3 or 4 glorious hours to get a win in StarCraft. I remember that after each gaming session, I had to open the door to the den because the heat was so bad that I would sweat. It was great. Nowadays though, most gamers are gaming on home consoles instead of their home made PC's. Well not me, not anymore!
PC gaming has taken the sidewalk next to the gaming highway in this era. I am a huge console gamer myself but the expense of updating my PC, which I built myself, to be able to play high end, power hungry games made it nearly impossible for me to keep up with the standard. I have finally watched the once high end gaming video cards sink below their initial enormous price tag and I caved into getting one last week. It hasn't arrived just yet but I have already installed Crysis on my machine in preparation for the visual feast that is this game.
So is expense and outdated hardware holding PC gamers back from experiencing great titles? Video game consoles cost upwards between $199-$499 and they play every game made for it. They also come with DVD players, Blu-Ray players, wireless internet, internet itself, and copious amounts of storage, and yet PC game makers think that everyone should shell out $550 for a video card that might be able to play their game. It's completely and totally insane. For the sake of PC gaming, I hope that prices of components begin to come down so that more and more people will begin PC gaming once again.