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Even since the
first days of home video gaming, the systems that the games have
been played on have been limited by the technology at the time. In
fact, all video game systems are simply specialized computers which
are limited to a certain set of software. As one might expect, as
the power of our computer systems have increased, so have the
various gaming systems released. PC gaming has had its ups and
downs, but it's safe to say that this is the best time for PC games
since their inception. The expanding power of the average home PC
has allowed programmers and developers to create more immersive
worlds with increasingly powerful, sophisticated, and efficient
tools. Since even home-system based video games are still programmed
on a regular computer, the translation from software to playable
game on a PC is much more fluid. Many small, budding independent
developers are choosing to release their new titles on the PC
platform rather than a gaming system because of the higher costs
associated with the steps of having the game approved and published
by the console maker.
Conversely, larger video game production companies are investing
more time and effort than ever into creating the most brilliant,
epic adventures and experiences they can on the PC. In fact, there
are some types of games that many people only consider to be
playable on the PC with a mouse and keyboard interface. Many feel
that first-person shooters are clumsy at best when played on a
typical home console's controller, and require the precision of a
mouse to perform at their best. Another genre that benefits
immensely from this interface are "real time strategy" games, with
command listings so long and complex that to make them immediately
accessible on any console controller would be impossible.
Many people are under the impression that playing PC games and
maintaining a capable computer is prohibitively expensive when
compared to home consoles. If one looks at the price trends,
however, it's quickly obvious that while the cost of consoles is
increasing, great video hardware prices are coming down. Better
hardware at lower prices means more playable games, and better
performance on existing games. One doesn't necessarily need to build
a gaming computer from scratch if they already have one, either.
Most computers just need their video hardware upgraded, which is as
simple as inserting a card into a slot. Slower computers can get an
affordable performance boost by adding more RAM along with their new
card, as this is usually where the "bottleneck" effect occurs.
PC Games - probably the largest choice of
PC Games in the UK!