Why I Remain a Console Gamer

NESI admit it: the case against console gaming grows every hardware generation. The previous generation saw mandatory installs, online passes, nickel-and-diming, hardware instability, and more expensive games becoming a disturbingly regular occurrence.

I’ve complained in the past about console gaming becoming worse than PC gaming, and when I read that article again today, it still makes sense to me. And yet, I’m still here; I’m still a console gamer.

Make no mistake, I detest what console gaming has become. The games today may be prettier, longer, and more engaging, but many of the industry’s practices has made it more difficult for me to stay.

I do, however, have five compelling reasons why I stick around. Compelling for me, at least. Here they are:

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Console gaming has become worse than PC gaming

ConsoleGamingI love console games. I was utterly enthralled when I first picked up the Atari 2600’s joystick and played Asteroid. I kept playing games ever since.

What’s not to love? Pop any game in and you know it’ll work. I can relax on the couch and enjoy a console game for hours on end without any problems.

I like PC gaming too. I started playing PC games during the 1990s during the heyday of Diablo II and Counter-Strike, but I noticed that PC gaming is quite bothersome. I had to deal with driver updates, hardware configurations, overall compatibility, and the cost of the PC itself.

Unlike a good gaming PC, which cost an arm and a leg, the video game console itself is more affordable. Console games may not be as pretty as PC games, but I can easily start playing without any hassle.

And then the current generation happened.
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