More Thoughts on PC Gaming

A few weeks ago I talked a bit about setting the PC as the primary gaming setup. Since then, I found going back is more difficult than I’d like it to be.

When doing the costs for a modern upgrade, I ran into difficulties. The issue right now is while my PC was a powerhouse 4 years ago, nowadays it’s simply average. To upgrade it, I’d need a new processor and motherboard, I’d also like a new case with more fans to cool it. In order to get all of that, I also need a new power supply. Also my current RAM is not compatible with the desired motherboard, so I need more memory as well. Adding up all the costs, it ends up being somewhere over $1000. Add in a new video card and I’ll have to put down another $600. Even worse, with the pandemic, I can’t even order many of the the parts because of shipment delays.

Do I necessarily need the upgrade right now? Not really. An overwhelming majority of my PC games are strategy games, simulators, MMORPGS, multiplayer games, and CRPGs. Most of those don’t need a PC powerhouse, and run well at 45-60+ FPS.

But at the same time, when it comes to games like Assassins Creed, Ghost Recon, Modern Warfare, Far Cry, or Doom, I feel frustrated when my PS4 Pro and Xbox One X both outperform my PC in 4K HDR for less than half the cost. When the PS5 and Xbox Series X come out, they will both blow my PC out of the water.

So when it comes to new games like Cyberpunk 2077, what platform do I pick it up for? Do I get it for the PC where I can crank up the graphics and play it as the developers intended at an enormous cost, or do I pick it up for the current consoles (and next gen of consoles), and enjoy it without the fuss over PC upgrades?

Tough decisions.

Back to the PC

It’s been a good few months on console. Finished Final Fantasy 7 Remake, which was incredible (and full of nostalgia).

I’m back to PC gaming again, albeit not in the most ideal of conditions. Since the Coronavirus pandemic has put a pause on my personal office/gaming room project, I’ve had to do most of my work in a crowded room filled with cardboard boxes.

Eventually, however, I plan on cleaning it up. I’d like to move most of my old Japanese figures into some storage compartments, move out the old bed and have an open space in the middle of the room (perfect for VR room-scale gaming), and ultimately upgrade my PC.

The only thing holding me back, however is that most of my friends are console gamers. If I want to play The Division 2, for instance, I need a copy of the Division 2 for the PS4, instead of having it already on PC.

On PC, I get better graphics, mouse and keyboard support, Discord chat. Also, with gaming services (EA Access, Game Pass, and UPlay), I don’t have to spend much on gaming other than a monthly fee.

So in that regard, I’m considering keeping PC as my primary gaming device and sticking to consoles for just exclusives.

With that said, hopefully we’ll get out of this pandemic soon so we can go back to normal life.

New Stuff

Well, this week I picked up a large Subwoofer for my new room entertainment center. I also picked up an Xbox One X since there are exclusive games I’d love to play on console: Forza, Sea of Thieves, Halo, Gears of War, etc.

I’m enjoying the Xbox greatly. I’m suprised at how much value Gamepass is, considering the exclusive titles I want are given “freely”. Definitely worth it. Though my backlog on the other hand may say otherwise.

Also weaving myself into multiplayer games: Call of Duty Modern Warfare, Fortnite, and Apex Legends. Being able to meet new people, coordinate, and have fun over voice is an experience I’ve been missing from the single player games I’ve been playing. Though I have to say…CoD multiplayer isn’t quite the “experience” that is all made out to be.

Not much else going on. Happy Sunday.

Busy Week!

I’m off today. I’ve done so much in the last week it’s nice to have a day off to just lay back and relax.

What have I been up to? I’m undergoing a major house reorganization. My grandmother recently decided to move out. My room at the moment is packed with too much stuff, so I’m now able to spread out without having to move out to a new apartment.

Basically her room is my new bedroom, and my old room is going to be an office/gaming room.

To make the bedroom more “livable”, I picked up a 55 inch Samsung QLED TV with a matching soundbar and moved my Switch and PS4 there. I also replaced all the old broken down 80’s-era wooden furniture for modern furniture. I also have a subwoofer on the way in the mail (assuming Amazon doesn’t “lose” my delivery like they did several times last month).

At the moment, however. My old bedroom is a mess. It has much of my grandmothers stuff still boxed up, and the bed will have to be moved to another room (with that bed + mattress needing to be replaced). The boxed up stuff will have to be placed into the outside closet, and the outside closet will need a majority of the stuff trashed/donated.

The bathroom needs renovation as well.

While I love PC gaming, there’s nothing like laying down in a bed and playing a game on the console on a large 4K HDR display with a great sound system. I’ve decided to leave PC gaming to just strategy games, CRPGs, MMORPGs, and simulators, and console for the rest.

So what am I playing?

Black Desert Online. I try to find some time on the PC to play it, though with the week as it has been (and a cold and cluttered room), I’ve been avoiding playing it.

Horizon Zero Dawn on PS4. I’ve missed out playing this game a few years ago (came in around the time of Breath of the Wild). Playing it now, it’s a lot of fun, and such a beautiful game too. I’m looking forward to spending more time on this.

Other than that, watching One Piece and some shows on Netflix. Nothing much else.

Busy

A lot of work to do over the next few weeks. Here’s what’s up.

I’ve been doing a lot of D&D lately. Every Sunday I alternate between Eberron and the Star Wars RPG. It’s a lot of fun and a great opportunity to be social. I also have a few board games that I plan on introducing, when I have the chance to do so.

On PC, I’ve been playing Black Desert Online and a little FFXIV. With BDO I get an open sandbox, almost like a single player game with others doing the same thing. However, I’m not a huge fan of the armor progression system, and it sucks to have to spend real money (like $30) or tons of in-game silver to get a cool looking outfit.

Still, I gotta say it looks fantastic, and is a bit refreshing to look badass right from the get-go without having to progress 80 hours to look somewhat decent.

My main character.
My alternate character.

On mobile, I’m playing Black Desert Mobile which is a bit more automated, but equally as fun.

Still, with FFXIV, I get the satisfaction of conquering dungeons with parties and some more traditional MMORPG gameplay. Unfortunately, time is always a constraint so I can only afford to play one MMO a day.

The other big project is room reorganization. My grandmother recently moved out, so I have the challenge of room cleanup. This is good, because it allows me to have a separate bedroom, and one “game room”, which consists of my PC, my guitar, and my figures so far. There’s a lot of old stuff that both me and my grandmother have accumulated, so there’s going to be a lot of trips to the thrift store and the dump.

The bedroom however, is where my bed, dresser, consoles, and a new 55″ Samsung 4K HDR QLED TV with a Samsung sound bar. It’s pretty damn awesome.

Speaking of console, only playing one game at the moment: Steins;Gate Elite. I was afraid it would be an inferior version of the original game with some stock images from the anime, but it’s actually quite good. They got rid of the cellphone mechanic unfortunately (it’s mostly automated with some clickable options), but the rest of the game is intact, and the animation is fluid. I’m enjoying it a lot.

That’s it for this update. I’ll try to post again next week.

Stuff to Do

Got another two days off to celebrate the New Year. What do I want to do?

I plan on spending a lot of time practicing music and working on the Star Wars RPG. As mentioned before, there’s a lot to take in as GM. This involves reading the rules, watching YouTube videos, understanding the species and specializations, as well as creating an adventure or selecting a premade one.

My first session I plan on mostly building characters and setting introductions, then play a quick game to get a feel for it.

Also have music practice.

Not sure what to play or watch today and tomorrow. I try to stick to one or two games as much as possible, but I can never commit (I get really bored and angsty if I limit myself). With that said, I’m currently playing Destiny 2 on PC, Atelier Ryza on Switch, and Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order on PS4 Pro.

With anime, I’m watching primarily Carole and Tuesday. I’d like to get back into JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure or Kimetsu no Yaiba but I’m holding out until I read the manga.

I’m thinking of playing a simulator or strategy game as well, but I need a significant amount of time for some of the games I have.

That’s about it for now, Happy New Year!

Roleplaying

For some time now, I’ve been meaning to get back into Roleplaying. I just couldn’t find the time or energy to start a new game.

Well now, I managed to find five players interested in a Star Wars RPG. I have a lot of source material to work off of, and given most of my knowledge is from the EU, I need to brush up on the newer lore for my first game.

As GM, there’s a lot of things I need to do. I need to work with everyone’s schedules, create stories, learn the rule system, teach the rules, show everyone how to create characters, and make it all entertaining for everyone.

The most fun, I think is creating stories and characters. As someone who aspired to be a writer growing up, going into roleplaying fills that creative void that I can’t get in my current field as a technician. I get to finally create stories that I wanted to as a kid.

Coincidentally, my first experience roleplaying is Star Wars. Late 90’s I used to frequent the AOL chatroom “The Cantina”. I’d roleplay as a bounty hunter and meet fellow geeks into Star Wars lore…in character.

It would be great to do that again with NPCs I create, in a story that other players build upon.

I have much to work on over the next few weeks, however. Learning the rules, combat, and how the dice work. Studying up on the available races, classes, specializations. Reading up on the lore, planets, influential characters and organizations, ships, weapons, enemies, etc.

It’s a lot to take in, and one of the reasons I gave up on my last game of D&D 5e was that I was taking most of the load, where the other players weren’t contributing as much (nobody even so far as made/maintained character sheets, or purchased books). It was a disaster, though hopefully with some new players interested in roleplaying and fans of Star Wars, I hope this time it’ll work out.