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Why do so many hardcore gamers insist that PC gaming is superior to gaming consoles?

It’s probably because:

-PCs are upgradeable, and thus are inevitably more powerful

-can be custom built to a wide range of specs, often for a better value

-the games are usually on sale on Steam.

-the games can be modded – and those mods downloaded for free

-If you’re a professional gamer, you probably should game using a keyboard, mouse, 120hz+ refresh rate monitor and high end PC because you would be getting a substantial advantage in your competitive gaming compared to console gamers.

-Also, gaming online is free.

However there are benefits to consoles too:

-Physical releases anyone? PCs rarely have those anymore. Some like to collect the boxes / cases for resale value – something you cannot do with Steam/Origin/Epic games.

-Consoles are easier to set up and use. You dont have to find the right GPU drivers, peripheral drivers, make sure u are running the minimum requirements etc – consoles are pick up and play.

-Console games are in general more stable than PC games. This is because developers know exactly what hardware a PS4 Pro or Xbox One X runs. For PCs, there are thousands of possible configurations. This is why console games crash far less frequently than PC games do.

-Console games have more exclusives. There’s only a handful of modern day AAA games that appear on PC only. Almost every recent game on PC you can find on console. The same cannot be said of console games. I can name a few games on PS4 – Yakuza 6, Horizon Zero Dawn, God of War, Last of Us, Infamous, Spiderman – that are only available on PS4. Xbox One games almost always appear on PCs so almost no exclusives there. Red Dead Redemption 2 and Kingdom Hearts III are exclusive to only PS4/Xbox One. Nintendo Switch – Nintendo games are always exclusive so thats a major reason to keep at least one console and a PC.

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My love affair with video games

People who read my blog and watch my youtube can conclude a few things about what I like: I like technology, I like computers, I like guitar and music, and I like video games. I’ve already talked somewhat about technology, gadgets and guitars on my blog, so now time to talk about video games and my history with them:

Computer games and video games were basically what got me interested in programming; My dad was a programmer and he was also kind of a tech geek as well, he bought the latest powerful computers (at that time was a 486 IBM PC I believe), and he always bought me and my brother CDs and floppy disks full of cool DOS games. My mother was never a fan of games and she always thought it interfered with our studies, but my dad was the one who got me into computer science and programming. I remember playing all these cool and obscure DOS games on these CDs, which were often full of things like 50+ shareware titles etc. Thats how I became acquainted with such classics as Doom, Duke Nukem 3D, Commander Keen, Shadow Warrior, Rise of the Triad, Xargon, Jill of the Jungle, and a host of other games usually by Apogee, Epic Games or Sierra. I still have fond memories of those games to this day. I think my favorites are still Rise of the Triad, Shadow Warrior, Traffic Department 2192 and Dark Sun shattered lands.

In elementary school, everyday after classes I would go to my childhood friend’s house and play Goldeneye 007 on his N64. That was the best multiplayer game at that time and we must’ve played 100s of hours worth of that game.

For video game consoles, my mom wouldn’t let me get one until I was in high school. In high school, I was allowed to have my own computer (Dell Inspiron 7500 laptop) as well as the original Xbox console. I played a lot of Gunbound and Ragnarok Online when I was in high school, almost to the point of becoming an MMORPG addict. I wouldn’t even play the game, I would just go online to chat with my online friends on there. That’s how I made a lot of friends back then, due to how shy I was in person.

On the Xbox, I would play Soul Calibur 2, Halo, Halo 2, and Call of Duty 3 with my friends. As well as GTA III and GTA Vice Citywhich was released on the Xbox a little later after the PS2 version as well as exclusives like Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic and Jade Empire. Back then, LAN parties were actually LAN parties because every game had split screen multiplayer. Halo 2 was definitely the game I played the most with my friends in high school.

In university, I would meet new friends at my computer science program, and they would often play fighting games like Super Smash Bros Melee and Street Fighter IV. I was never good at fighting games but I was pretty decent at Rock Band and Guitar Hero, which were all the rage back in those days. I would also go back to my hometown during holidays and play Halo 3 and Call of Duty 4 with my old high school friends. I would also play Magic Online a lot (those were the old days when Magic Online had the great 2 headed giant format.. I sorely miss it).

I would also bring games back home to play with my brother. In elementary school and high school we would play various obscure 2 player DOS games like Liero, Gladiator, The Ultimate TK, C-dogs, emulated games like DBZ Hyper Dimension, Final Fight 3, Super Double Dragon, Battletoads, Gunstar Heroes, Gundam Wing Endless Waltz, Metal Warriors for SNES, and Starcraft 2 Marine Arena and Rise of Legends together.

During university, I also had a modded Playstation 2 and modded Xbox 360. The reason being that I was poor in those days, and didn’t have enough money to buy games, so I just burned all my games and played them on modded consoles. Persona 3 and Timesplitters Future Perfect for PS2 and for Xbox 360 too many to remember.

After I graduated, I finally made more money, and bought the Playstation 3 and Playstation 4. Me and my good friend / coworker would play a lot games together, but usually basketball games, wrestling games or fighting games like NBA 2K or Marvel vs Capcom. On the PC, I would play Farcry 4 and Borderlands with my other friend as well. Some of those sessions are available on Youtube.

So thats my history with video games. Some of my favorite games are FPS or RPG games. I love Goldeneye 007, Halo 2, Duke Nukem 3D, Star Wars Battlefront 2 (the old one), Starcraft & Starcraft 2, Timesplitters, Persona series, Chrono Trigger (the best RPG ever still IMO), Knights of the Old Republic 2, Fallout series, Deus Ex series, Farcry series, Borderlands series, The Sims (I used to rec-create all my friends/classmates/coworkers) starting from Sims 2, Saints Row series, Liero, and Sleeping Dogs (a game I REALLY wish they would make a sequel to).

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Yakuza / Sleeping Dogs Review

A year ago, I posted this article, which talks about the lack of Asian representation in todays media. In there, I talked how cool it would be to have an Asian style GTA, like Grand Theft Auto: Shanghai. While GTA V is NOT going to be set in Asia (It’s going to be LA, yet again, bah), I did find two other open world games set in Asia that follow GTA’s style: Yakuza 4 and Sleeping Dogs.

Yakuza 4
Yakuza 4

Yakuza 4 is a Japanese video game that follows four protagonists as they unravel a mystery involving the Tokyo Police and Yakuza. The game follows an open world setting in Tokyo, with a unique combat system.
The best thing about this game is the story. Incredible. You get to play as four completely different people (a loan shark, a former yakuza chairman, a police cop and an escaped convict) and each of their stories revolve around this mysterious woman and entwine together at the end, revealing many betrayals and conspiracies. It’s better than the majority of the movies out there.
The gameplay is also quite good. Every character has a different combat system. There are many different activities to do, some unique to the Asian setting. Massage parlors, Hostess Clubs, Mahjong, Blackjack, Pachinko, Arcades, Bowling, Karaoke, are many things that make the game more Japanese, and more interesting. Overall, a pretty cool game. I beat this game, and that says alot because I often get too uninterested in games to beat them.

Sleeping Dogs
Sleeping Dogs

Sleeping Dogs is the Chinese version of GTA I’ve been asking for. Set in Hong Kong, the protagonist is a Chinese-American (from San Francisco!) undercover cop infiltrating the Triads and knows Kung Fu. This game does everything GTA does, and better. Great combat system, great driving system, great storyline, parkour style movements, and lots of cool activities like cock-fighting, kung fu training and karaoke. Its like GTA meets Assassins Creed meets Uncharted meets Just Cause 2. I haven’t beat it yet, but so far it looks like what I’ve been asking for.

Props to Sega and Square Enix for making these great games with Asian protagonists!!