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Why PC Games are More Popular than Consoles

PC gaming vs console gaming: it’s a debate that’s raged for decades. The next generation of game consoles will be expensive, restrictive and only somewhat focused on gaming. Among all the gaming platforms, console definitely deserves a mention because it posed a great threat to the survival of the PC games. In fact, Sony and Microsoft will be shelling out the next console war for years to come, but there’s one gaming platform that still rulesPC gaming. But ever wondered why in middle of lot of outstanding console games how the PC games have not only survived but actually excelled over past 5 year or so?

More Games Means More Diversity

One of the reasons that PC gaming has risen so much in popularity over the last four or five years is its ability to appeal to all kinds of ages and demographics. While consoles have a reasonable reach (and are actually getting better in this area) they still cannot hold a candle to the PC. The PC model really does allow for any and every kind of game to be made and released. Unlike consoles, the PC gaming industry isn’t driven so much by constantly needing strong sales of key popular games. Of course, that’s still an element of it, but it is not nearly as crucial to the success of PCs as it is to consoles. If a console company puts out a number of high profile, expensive games that flop, that gaming console could see itself in trouble. With PC there are so many reasons to own one that there is far less pressure on just the games to deliver. This leads to more creativity and freedom to try things out – without the pressure of needing to hit incredibly high sales levels each and every time.

With the pressure off and expectations not so unrealistically high, PC games developers have the opportunity to work on such a diverse range of games that there really is a game out there for everyone.

Pick your Poison

One of the real successes of modern PC gaming is the huge popularity of the many strategy games available on the PC. It is not a new concept, as there have been strategic war games on computers forever, but the latest versions are more in depth and challenging than ever. This style of game, where the focus is not on flashy graphics, well-known music or celebrity voice-over work, is far more appealing to the adult market. Without the PC games industry this type of game would be a real hard sell to console companies, as trying to sell a not very action-heavy game that relies on patience and strategy to kids for Christmas is never going to happen.

Thankfully with a thriving adult gamer community using their PCs this is never a problem. The popularity of PC gaming means that the adult games market has become just as important as those aimed at younger gamers.

Movie Style Plots in Games

This move towards a more sophisticated and adult approach to gaming has seen more and more emphasis on the plots of games. While kids will happily play anything that’s fun, (regardless of the very basic or even non-existent plot) adult fans are being catered for more and more with smart, intricate plots that seem more at home in a movie than in a game. Some of the best modern Sci-Fi stories are seemingly being told through video games rather than movies, with game franchises like Halo, Mass Effect and Half-life selling in the multi-millions worldwide and getting rave reviews.

Make any Game You Want

Of course one of the best things about PC gaming is that there are talented people putting out new games for free and modding old ones to make them more fun all the time. With such an active, talented, diverse fan-base out there creating new fun it is no wonder PC gaming is on the rise even in the era of Kinects.

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Jojo is a Software Engineer in his early twenties who has a keen interest in technology, blogging, gadgets, gaming, movies, smart phones and people-watching. Jojo has an intense interest in Photography and loves delicious foods (mostly chicken) but struggles to appreciate street dogs and bad weather. Jojo is the Co-owner of TechChunks.com and writes here frequently. !

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6 Responses to " Why PC Games are More Popular than Consoles "

  1. Sadi says:

    Hi Jojo, i am a PC game lover since childhood. Nice post.
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  3. Sarah Taggs says:

    I never thought of it like that! I’m also a huge PC gamer and prefer not to use most game consoles.

  4. Lovejeet says:

    Consoles cant beat computers when it comes to graphics , but again i hate the fact that consoles have more exclusives than PC’s .
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  5. Lalitha says:

    I have several reasons that I prefer gaming on my computer to gaming on a console.

    First and foremost is portability. Yes, I could unhook one of the consoles and take it with me wherever I may go, but carrying my laptop is far more convienient. I also don’t tie up the television while i’m gaming, thereby keeping my wife and kids from watching something. Actually, come to think about it, when shows I don’t care for come on tends to be when the laptop comes out and I get my WoW on.

    Secondly while many titles are availible for both PC and console, the titles I want to play are for the most part only on PC. Essentially if it’s not a shooter, and it’s something I would like, its not availible on console.

    Third, rapairability. If my console takes a crap (looking at you red ringed X box) my choices are ship it off and pay high prices for repairs, or toss it and buy a new one. If My PC takes a crap (yes, even my laptop) I can find the problem (usually) with common tools and test equiptment. I can also find repair parts easily availible online.

    Fourth, upgradeability. Consoles have a finite lifespan. You buy one and, simply put, the clock is ticking on when it becomes irrelevent. My Atari 2600 still works for instance, but it rarely gets any playtime (last time was busting out with a game of Adventure on Christmas eve, to show my kids just how far slaying internet dragons had come). My laptop is actually very similar in this case, as all the innards are propriatary and not really upgradable, other than perhaps hard drive and ram. Even my Xbox can upgrade the hard drive, so thats a wash.

    The desktop PC on the other hand, now that thing could be around forever. Every single part of one is independantly upgradable, so as time goes on, I believe building one well rounded desktop PC, and dropping upgrades as needed to keep it current enough to play the newest crop of games, would actually be less expensive. I don’t have the data to back that up, it’s just my feelings on the matter.

    Lastly, the real difference between the two is versatility. My consoles do toss a mighty nice looking game up on the screen. They are a lot of fun to play with, but they simply don’t have the range of abilities of the PC.
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  6. George says:

    Thanks for nice comparing. I’m also like to play PC games. Every gamers like to play PC games.

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