Originally Posted by ||T34418L3|1||
But i really do find "you get what you pay for" doesn't apply to PC gaming.
I don't get that...
With hardware, you're correct. Microsoft takes a loss on the hardware and makes up for it with licensing fees so you get an excellent piece of hardware for under cost.
In PC land, with several different companies making hardware, you pay for each piece of hardware and its markup. But you get to choose the option that works best for you...
But software is a completely different story...
I think the going price for an XBox 360 title is $60. Madden 2006, for the XBox 360, currently retails for $60. Then there's Madden 2006 for the PC which currently retails for $20, and online play is free to boot. What do you get with the 360 version? Souped up graphics (and resolution doesn't seem to matter in this discussion) with no significant change in gameplay.
I have yet to see a FPS on any platform (including XBox 360) that matches the multi-player elements and scope of UT2004 for the PC. Counter-Strike Source has a huge following in this forum, but I don't think it does as much as UT 2004 although the graphics are better (which I can't tell if that's important or not in this discussion...we keep flip-flopping). If you're a WWII FPS fan, then obviously, you'll disagree. UT2004 plays on my current laptop just fine (and you could probably pick a laptop like mine off eBay for $500 if used stuff doesn't bother you). And you can find the game itself for less than $20 with free online play (and lots of people using it) and tons of free (yes, free) user mods, some of which are as good as what the original designers and programmers did.
Based on the price of software and the fact that you can scale down the software on a PC to make the games look like the consoles that were around when the PC was bought and continue using the PC for the typical console lifetime (or longer), I think over the long run, PC's have a pretty good 'bang for the buck' and that's just considering gaming. And that doesn't even enter into the gray area of emulation...mame on the consoles (and PSP) will never catch mame on the PC because the developers don't have the same access to the tools needed.
A year or so ago, I would have also said that the PC had more exclusive and creative titles, but I, too, lament with Doc Caliban the dumbing down of PC games as software developers continue to do multi-platform releases to increase their profits...
IF I had to choose (and thank the gods of capitalism that I don't) only one, I would choose the PC. And if I could only choose two right now, the second would not be an XBox 360. Fortunately, I don't have to choose, and I'm quite comfy with my laptop, PS2 and Gamecube. As soon as they get 'hacked' emulation going on the PSP, I'll probably pick up one of those. Right now, the emulation is pretty crappy.
PS. And by the way...if you want some real
bang-for-the-buck...you can pick up Risk for about $20. Target even sells a matching board game set so you can buy Stratego for $20 and then Clue for $20 and then Sorry for $20 and they look really good on your shelf. The multi-player is free, but you can't be annoying like you can be online or people will stop playing with you. The graphics aren't great but the pieces are in real 3-D (non-accelerated, of course, but they look good). A deck of cards costs about $2, and there are a ton of games you can play...there's even one called Solitaire that you can play by yourself if you do find out that you're really annoying.