Aug 27, 2012
Many people think that desktop PC gaming is inching its way to extinction. Maybe the reason is that the cyberspace is being occupied by tablets, smartphones and even portable gaming systems. Everything that we do on these gadgets has something to do with our human need to socialize with other people. With the rise of Facebook and other social network sites like Twitter, the requirement to interact, socialize and keep updated with everyone’s life is satisfied. But does Facebook, Twitter and other social networking site already fill-in the gaps?
PC Gaming roots from Olympic Games. I believe that the need to socialize online starts with e-mail allowing anyone with a computer connected to the Internet to keep updated with everybody else. But before Internet comes into place, I believed that people were already socially engaging in a physical activity – Olympic Games. It was even started way back in ancient times in Ancient Greece where the first Olympic game was held. All that I wanted to say is, I think that games is one of the reason why people socialize. Games initiate a person to compete with one’s own self or with other people for fame or other social benefits. I really don’t believe that a human being can spend the whole day talking with their friends and sharing everything in between. Once in a while, people play online or offline games in their computers, portable devices and smartphones.
PC Gaming satisfies the need to become better. When you start playing virtually engaging action pack games, you will start to keep on asking for more. This is our human nature to continually strive to become better in the things we do. This is the reason why people tend to play games non-stop improving their skills in each cycle of the game. Take note that I’m not referring to FarmVille or any other similar games. Though the latter seems to make Facebook famous and keep Facebook users to stay online, this type of game will surely fade in the process as online gamer’s appetite for virtually engaging games exponentially increase.
Touch Screens are insufficient. Do you play games on your smartphones and tablets? If you do, what games do you play often? In my own experience, playing games in these types of devices put a lot of strain on your fingers. The rate is much faster compared to playing games using keyboards, mouse or analog controls found on portable game systems. I already played Sky Gamblers and Infinity Blade II games on my iPad 2 but if I was given the right resources, I will still opt to play online games on my laptop or computer. With my desktop PC, I can enjoy the benefits of PC gaming in wide screen displays that is also beneficial for your eyes. This is the opposite of playing games on your smartphones, tablets and portable gaming systems.
PC upgrades are inexpensive. It seems that everyone reading this had a smartphone or tablet. But it is undeniable that the price difference between a desktop PC or laptop and a smartphone is way too high when performance is your priority over mobility. Also with a PC or laptop, there are many upgrade paths or options that you can choose to increase the overall processing power. Additionally, these upgrade options are cheaper and can be done without paying professional fees and expensive tools. With smartphones or tablets you’re lucky enough if you can upgrade it to improve its processing power or to enhance its graphics processing engine without spending too much. Without an upgrade option to choose from, you have no choice but to buy a completely new smartphone or tablet.
PC Gaming is a social engaging activity too. Have you ever heard of the StarCraft? This is the first socially engaging real-time video game that was created to allow players in a team to compete with another team. Though the game was originally intended for Windows LAN (local area network) gaming, the game itself was entirely upgraded and enhanced to cater the increasing appetite of gamers all over the world. Later, StarCraft players then create teams for professional competitions around the world that resulted to StarCraft being praised as one of the best and most important video games of all time.
The StarCraft video game now serves as an inspiration to other game developers to create similar visually engaging online games. The list now includes popular online and offline games like Half-Life, Counter Strike, DOTA 2, Heroes of Newerth, StarCraft 2, League of Legends and Defense of the Ancients.
Can you interact with 9 people at the same time in Facebook or Twitter? I doubt that you can. But with PC Gaming like DOTA 2 and World of WarCraft mod, you can and you should or else your team will lose.
Given these reasons, I think that PC Gaming is certainly not dead and will never be. The only time that PC will be fully replaced by tablets and smartphones is that when manufacturers find a way to incorporate similar keyboard functionality without covering almost half of the touch screen display. Would this day ever come? Tell us what you think by posting your comments below.