#1 Posted by ElNeebre (91 posts) -

So there's a lot of games I've bought on Steam through sales like Arkham Asylum/City (City was free with my video card) and even launch games like Dishonored, and I haven't played any of them for more than an hour or two.

I do have a pretty good PC, but for some reason I just keep thinking I'll put more effort into them if I had them on 360/PS3, it's a bit weird.

Anybody else have this? I'm actually sitting with all the games in my basket, ready to rebuy.

#2 Posted by Fearbeard (826 posts) -

Well recently I bought Hitman on PC but then I was at a redbox and saw it for rent on xbox 360 so I ended up renting it and finishing it on console. Same thing with Far Cry 3, except it was mainly to see how the console version plays (not well) and I have no intention of finishing it on console

#3 Posted by c0l0nelp0c0rn1 (1807 posts) -

Set up your PC with big picture mode and the problem is mostly solved? Unless your friends are playing elsewhere I don't see a reason not to play those games.

I have this same problem, and it's usually caused by the internet.

#4 Posted by Colourful_Hippie (4339 posts) -

Because you want to see how much prettier they are on PC. I did the same thing when I switched to PC, I enjoyed replaying games (most of the time not all the way through) I played on console to experience the better visuals and higher framerate. It's only games that I haven't played before that I'll play through all the way.

#5 Posted by hanktherapper (378 posts) -

I'm the same way. I buy games on Steam and if I play them it's only for an hour or two and never go back. Rather sit on my couch than my office chair.

#6 Posted by TorMasturba (1095 posts) -

Easy solution: Get rid of your consoles or only buy console exclusives and play everything else on the PC.

#7 Posted by kunoh (57 posts) -

I've bought numerous games on PC that I already own on console. My main reason for buying them is PC versions tend to be a lot better (especially graphically) than the console ones, and they have a lot better support in terms of user-made-content (Skyrim for instance). I'm a lot better about this now - I usually check if a new console game has a PC version before I buy it.

#8 Posted by Snail (8597 posts) -

I've been considering buying Mirror's Edge and Assassin's Creed for PC, two games I've already played through on the PS3, because they look better on the PC and are pretty damn cheap, and I miss those games (especially playing through Assassin's Creed, since I replayed Mirror's Edge like, earlier this year).

So, no, I don't have your problem. For the most part, I'd much rather play games on the PC these days.

Maybe it's because of achievements/trophies?

#9 Posted by MikkaQ (10284 posts) -

You'll get no explanation from me, I'm trying to figure that out myself. I guess there's something to just having it all in one place on steam I guess. And it gives you another reason to play through them again.

#10 Posted by jakob187 (21665 posts) -

I've done the same thing. However, I'm going to be devoting far less time to consoles since most of the games can be bought on PC (and generally run better). The only reason I'll bother with console is for exclusives like Forza Horizon.

#11 Edited by Seppli (10251 posts) -

@ElNeebre said:

So there's a lot of games I've bought on Steam through sales like Arkham Asylum/City (City was free with my video card) and even launch games like Dishonored, and I haven't played any of them for more than an hour or two.

I do have a pretty good PC, but for some reason I just keep thinking I'll put more effort into them if I had them on 360/PS3, it's a bit weird.

Anybody else have this? I'm actually sitting with all the games in my basket, ready to rebuy.

Since there's a de-facto standard gamepad for PC (the 360 gamepad), that's almost 100% supported by all games on PC (at least console ports), gaming on PC feels like gaming on consoles for the most parts. Especially with cohesive online platforms like Steam and Origin on the rise. Steam especially already feels like a proper gaming platform. Achievements. Social groups. Forums. Everything.

Since about 2010, my gaming habit has shifted from console-centric to pc-centric, because the pc does everything cosoles do - only better. At least until the next generation of consoles will wet my appetite for gaming in a closed online environment with standardized hardware - which has its upsides. Generally less technical problems, and way less cheaters.

Every now and then, you'll just pick a game that won't play well on your PC, and it's a bummer everytime. Most recently for me, NfS : Most Wanted - that game is gamebreakingly unstable on my PC (it has become so over time, apparently filling up my autolog has something to do with it), and I'm still waiting for a patch to fix it (it's coming).

#12 Posted by Strife777 (1558 posts) -

Because it's so easy to get them on PC. Steam is like some sort of spellcasting video game provider. You just buy games.... cause.

#13 Posted by MiniPato (2735 posts) -

For the convenience.

One of the reasons I don't replay a lot of old games on my PS3 is because I'm just too lazy to switch to the HDMI signal and bend down to attach the audio cable to my PS3 everytime I want to play it and then reconnect it to my PC when I want to use my PC. Plus my monitor is pretty dumb and stops displaying my PS3 if I switch between HDMI and digital too much. So right now it's not picking up my PS3 and I have to do some voodoo shit to get it working again.

#14 Posted by believer258 (11820 posts) -

I do the same thing, for the better framerates, better graphics, and better resolutions. I can go back to console games, and indeed have several times, but if I can pick up one of my favorite console games for five bucks and have a better version of it, then I will do that.

#15 Posted by ElNeebre (91 posts) -

Think my problem has something to do with me forcing myself to play through my games that I've owned for months and never touched

I just need to get back to my 'play what I want, when I want' motif

#16 Posted by Cold_Wolven (2217 posts) -

I do get into that mood sometimes that I'l purchase a PC version of a game I already own and beaten on console. It's also because I'm a sucker for Steam's huge sales and I'm really hoping they do one for end of year 2012.

#17 Posted by Dimsey (951 posts) -

I've been doing that a fair bit lately, though mostly because I've only recently got a PC capable of actually running those games.

I still MAINLY purchase my games on the console, because I'm a sucker for achievements and I know more people who play on console.

But if I see a game I already bought on console for sale on Steam I'll have no qualms about revisiting it on the PC.

#18 Posted by iam3green (14390 posts) -

it's because you like the PC better. i play my pc and console about the same.

#19 Posted by Glottery (1229 posts) -

@Colourful_Hippie said:

Because you want to see how much prettier they are on PC. I did the same thing when I switched to PC, I enjoyed replaying games (most of the time not all the way through) I played on console to experience the better visuals and higher framerate. It's only games that I haven't played before that I'll play through all the way.

This in my case, at least. I loved Dead Space 2 on PS3 and thought that version already looked pretty awsome, but always wondered just how much more awesome it could look. I've been very tempted to buy the pc-version from, maybe 5-7 different sales, by now, but something like common sense (and not-so-great laptop) has kept me from doing it. But now that I'm expecting my new PC to arrive next week, I'll probably have to buy it from the inevitable Steam Christmas Sale.

#20 Posted by haggis (1677 posts) -

Steam is like crack. I'm not sure I understand why, exactly, but I often have the same temptation even though my current PC sucks (it's still better than my Xbox, though). I usually resist the urge to rebuy.

#21 Posted by ZeForgotten (10397 posts) -

I do the same thing, especially when stuff is on sale. 
No idea why, maybe I just like using money, I don't know. 

#22 Posted by Shirogane (3569 posts) -

I thought you meant the other way around. I'm always tempted to buy a game i already have on consoles during Steam sales cause theyr'e just so cheap. I've had to resist buying Saints Row 3 like 10 times.

#23 Edited by RIDEBIRD (1232 posts) -

It sounds like you enjoy playing in a console way (couch, controller) but want the hotter grafixx and 60 FPS. You should spend some cash on setting up a good solution to play PC games on your TV. Then you can play all multi platform games there and still play the console exclusives.

I don't own a console, but if I did, that's how I'd roll. No point in having a game on two systems imo.

#24 Posted by niamahai (1405 posts) -

.... I am not alone in this world...