A Man Can Change

I have been a console gamer all my life. I'm no fan-boy that favors one console over another. Every console and handheld that I have gamed on has brought something to the table to interest me. Starting with the Atari 2600 and going right up through to the PlayStation 3 and XBOX 360, I have gamed on them all at least a little (yes, even the Pippin). In fact, the only thing that has kept me from owning every home video game console is money. Life necessitates that I spend money on things like food, clothing, and shelter, so fun sometimes takes a backseat. Fortunately growing up I had friends that were gamers too, so if I didn't have a particular game or system usually one of them would.

Despite all of the gaming, I spent relatively little time gaming on PC. I had one friend who lived nearby that gamed quite a bit on his IBM PC. I would go to his house and play Doom and Wolfenstein 3D every now and then. I played some Wizardry too, but as a kid, it just felt weird to play a game without a controller and on such a small screen too! I've had PC's since my mom brought home a Packard Bell in the late 80's. Gaming has always been a separate thing for me that had to happen away from the computer. I never gave myself a chance to get used to the mouse-and-keyboard interface so I didn't like it. But now approaching my mid-thirties, I have started to spend about half of my gaming time on a PC.

Thanks to MasterMaximus' computer savvy, I have always had a PC that was way more powerful than I actually needed for the emailing and web surfing that I did with it. That has changed in the last year or so. I started playing games like Civilization V, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Portal 2, Brink, and Super Meat Boy (which has become my favorite game of the current generation). My wife has been playing Civilization, Age of Empires, and The Sims for a few years now, and I just used to be glad that I could fire up a console while she was busy on the PC. Now I can't wait for her to get done so I can game it up on the PC. Of course MasterMaximus has been telling me for years that games on PC are generally better than their console counterparts, but like any good brother, I just blew him off and told him he didn't know what he was talking about. I think once I wrapped my brain around PC style control schemes (or, if I must, many games now support gamepads) and got a good-sized monitor, that is when PC gaming finally clicked for me.

As long as there are consoles, or at least as long some games are only available on consoles, I will play games on them. However, as long as it is relatively cheap to have better performance and better graphics on a PC, I will be spending much more time than I used to with my mouse and keyboard.

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More Single Player Please!

I recently completed the single player portion of Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes for PlayStation 3. It took just a shade under 45 hours, over the course of several weeks, to complete the story and earn all of the single player trophies. I haven't even played online yet. This game sells for $14.99 and I would have gladly paid more. It has incredible value for the length as well as quality of content.

About 4 months ago I borrowed Modern Warfare 2 from my brother, so I decided I would finally play it and give it back to him. As of this writing, I am 4 hours into it and I know I'm at least three quarters of the way through. When finished I will have most of the trophies. I am enjoying it very much, but this game is just way too short for the cost. It sold for $59.99 when it released. I did not buy it, but I kind of feel bad for those that did if they expected a reasonably long single player campaign for their money.

I guess sales sale figures don't lie (much). Take a look at this and this. People obviously want to play Modern Warfare (online probably) more than Clash of Heroes. I'm more of a single player type of person (I play online a bit) and I just can't bring myself to pay full price for a fraction of a game. I get that these are two different types of games. I understand that Modern Warfare 2 was expensive to make, and I don't blame developers and publishers for trying to cut costs. I just wish it didn't have to be at the expense of reasonable single player game length.

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