Friday, May 30, 2008

Wii and PC: Why they're my systems of choice this generation

Decided not to put "Mini-Article" in the title, because I'd rather the article's name not be nearly as long as the article itself. It's in the tags, though...

Every generation, most people who game a lot choose two systems. Perhaps you're a Wii and 360 guy, or someone more for the PS3 and PC. I, for one, have chosen the Wii and PC this generation, and here's why.

When it comes to the Wii, I chose it because it plays host to some of my favourite franchises, such as Zelda, Metroid, Pokémon and Mario. Also, I love the new controller and the many new opportunities it presents. On a somewhat lesser note, it's also the cheapest, and I'm generally low on cash, so that works out nicely.

As for the PC, I chose it because it generally makes for a good selection of multi-platform titles. Also, the backlog of PC games is far larger than that of any known console, as well as incredibly affordable. SimCity 4: Deluxe Edition? $25. Need for Speed: Most Wanted? $10. Roller Coaster Tycoon: Deluxe Edition? $5. Saving tonnes of money? Priceless (I couldn't help it). Also, the PC has Valve developing for it, which is awesome. Half-Life 2 and Portal forever!

Now, it's only logical that I explain why I didn't choose the other systems. First, let's start with the popular-to-taunt PS3. Mainly, I'd have to say it's the library that's the problem for me. So little of the PS3's game interest me. KillZone? God of War? MotorStorm? Just not me. Also, there's the matter of how much it costs... I'm sure we're all familiar with Kaz Hirai's famous yelling of the console's initial price tag, so let's move on...

As for the XBox 360, well, this has been an ongoing mental debate for me. One day I might want it, the next I'll completely hate it, and after that I just don't know what to think. Today is one of those third days. On the one side, I do want it for games like Dead Rising, Viva Pinata and (Maybe) Grand Theft Auto IV, but on the other hand, I really, really don't want to pay for online. I suppose it's just best I don't bother and accidentally pay a few hundred bucks for something I'm not sure I want... And besides, most 360 games come out for the PC sooner or later, so I'm pretty much covered in that category.

So yeah, that's the basic reasoning behind my system choices this generation. You may think it's kind of odd for me to write this sort of thing out, but I think quite the contrary. It'd really be interesting to see just why every gamer choose the console they did. Feel like sharing your reasoning for buying whichever system(s) you bought? I'd really like to hear it. You can tell your story in the comment section, or in this forum thread.

The Duck Has Spoken.


Shazyzang said...

Hey Bud,

I totally agree with this, I'm a PC shooter guy who loves valve, but I also love the Wii as well.

The other 2 systems a perfectly good machines (maybe not the 360 i.e. red ring of death), don't get me wrong, but they aren't for me. If someone asked me if I wanted one, I'd say sure. But I still agree that PC and Wii are the way to go.

Anonymous said...

I agree 100% with what you said. I have a Wii and a PC and i find that that gets you the best of both worlds. Even if you PC isn't cutting edge you still have access to older games at bargain prices.
P.S. Valve FTW

Anonymous said...

I'm Wii and PC as well. I don't really PC-game that much (except for Sims), but I still count it as a console.
And, Wii? Awesome games, and I've been Nintendo since I started gaming, kupo. I love the games.

If I got a third console, the PS3 is how I'd go. I see more good games for it, and I don't see any good games for 360. BK:N&B might have been a good game, if it was a platformer.

Shazyzang said...

Sorry for the double comment, but adding on...

I feel that more developers might be finding the PC easier to develop for as oppose to any console, Valve does it the best, people who did Crysis did a good job as well. So I mean you still have quality game makers making quality games.

Anonymous said...

Wii + Mac