I hope you all have been able to enjoy your holidays, and didn’t go too crazy with the food or the sales. If you did, I completely understand. In making a budget for the next three years, assuming our income doesn’t change, my wife put forth a plan that allowed me the “go ahead” for a new PC.
So, thanks to sales, I built this sum6%!$# http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hqRpFT. I spent much less than what is listed here. I highly recommend this site if you are looking at compatibility between your parts, plus keeping with the up-to-date sales. Also, I have been stalking the reddit forums for “hot” sales as well. http://www.reddit.com/r/buildapcsales/
When it comes to “next-gen”, I just can’t buy into the current consoles. They don’t have enough exclusives to justify their purchase, nor the firepower to really meet the needs of what will be a continually expanding market (at least graphically). The only reason I would want the Xbox One is for the Master Chief collection…yeah, that is the only reason. The PS4, being the more powerful console, has a couple of games that look interesting, but no lasting appeal. A good example is No Man’s Sky, but procedural generating is becoming bland in my eyes. There are still plenty of good uses for it, but it just seems to be a crutch for game design. I would love to discuss that in more detail one day. Back to the point, I have plenty of backlog with PS3 games anyways, especially since they are getting to almost-Steam level of cheap.
Then there is the recognition of PC gaming that has finally taken a nice little stride. I am talking about fighting games. Street Fighter IV, then V, the Mortal Kombat series, Dead or Alive, Dynasty Warriors, and plenty others. Best of all, I don’t have to utilize a subscription to keep the titles I have purchased (thanks, consoles).
Anyways, there is one important factor with a PC overall. Modding. Once I transfer my Steam database from my other machine, I will work on a higher texture Skyrim. I can’t help it, but I just love that game, especially when it is modded with all those realism gems.
Well, there wasn’t much to this article other than an update to what has taken up nearly all of my time in the past month. Also, I gotta shake the typing cobwebs off. I think December is looking good for lots of reasons, gaming only being one of them.
See you on the other side, folks.