PC Gamer Letter

I sent a letter into PCG. Not a literal, papery letter, but a piece of electronic mail. It went like so:

What is a good game? Computers Versus Consoles

There certainly appears to be a difference between the accepted conventions of PC and console games. It’s hard not to get caught up in predispositions and stereotypes when looking at a rival platform, along with its users, but I can’t help but feel there is some glimmer of truth to such sentiments. We can simply take a look at the types of games that would appear on a console more often than a computer; There are many more sports sims and action-adventure titles, which encourage short bursts of play, rather than  mouse-clicking journeys through mystical lands, clocking up scores of hours. Also, a console’s hardware is inferior to a PC’s in most cases, leading to more visually-advanced games appearing on the big box, which might give the vibe that PC Gamers are more concerned about visuals than a console gamer might be. There’s also the difference between the two camps of thought over what a good game is. Consoles have their Halos, PCs have its Deus Exes. Taking a trip back to the PS2, Magazine X awarded the port of Deus Ex a score of 88 out of 100, and 90 to the port of Half-Life. Those are both quite high scores, but those deep, rewarding games shared the high score tables with the shallow, painful shooter Red Faction, which garnered an 88 (69% from you). That is a deep wound to this gamer’s soul, as I pity the console gamers, who equate “an entertaining action adventure that’s not without flaws” to Deus Ex, the “Clever, pacey and plot-heavy” award-winning, PC Gamer GOTY marvel. This intensifies the stereotype of console gamers enjoying quick-fire, brainless shooters, whereas PC gamers are more satisfied with a longer-term delight such as Deus Ex, or many other sterling examples of modern-day excellence.
At least they acknowledged HL’s superiority.

Just saying

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