It all started last month when I decided for shits and giggles that I would make a spreadsheet totaling up and taking inventory of my console gaming addiction. Suffice to say the numbers at the end of the auto sum function were a lot higher than I had expected. After the initial shock and amazement wore off I started thinking about consoles, pc's and the games I had played on all systems over the last decade or so.
The ones that have seemed to resonate with me and leave the biggest impression are EQ, WoW, and Call of Duty 4. All the rest have been various points of excitement and momentary obsession but at the end of the day, most are games I look back on as a lot of cash wasted for fleeting periods of distraction.
I work on a computer for a living and for the most part resisted using one for entertainment as I wanted to get as far away as possible from work when I'm relaxing on my own time. However lately, I realized I was spending far too much time and money on consoles, video games and accessories for them, and getting quickly bored and distracted with the games available. As my work laptop was getting old and not running as efficiently as I liked, I decided to take the plunge and build a custom gaming rig that would allow me to do work and run those games I usually play on consoles. I've always been a "console is better because I can sit on the couch and use a controller on the tv" guy but once I hooked my laptop up to the tv with HDMI and fired up Steam Big Picture that advantage quickly disappeared.
Steam has made the transition from console to pc gamer a very easy one for me. All of their sales, huge mod community and social features have made the choice to switch to PC gaming a no brainer for me. Now I have a custom gaming rig that can run all of my work, hobby and entertainment programs and files in one place. I can hook a gamepad up to it for games better suited to a gamepad and I can enjoy full res HD games without compromise for the next while from the comfort of my desk chair.
With the new gen of consoles coming out I'm sure I will be tempted to dip back into the console market, but I must just resist and continue on enjoying PC gaming bliss and turn a blind eye to all the tempting things that may or may not come next gen, as I certainly do not have the budget to dabble in both as I learned this generation. Running a PS3, 360 & Wii was simply too expensive at the end of the day for what entertainment it provided imo.