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    Video game platform
    Authored by: BadWolf on Tuesday, October 10 2006 @ 08:50 PM EDT
    I gave up playing video games about 3 years ago when first person shooters became the be all and end all.

    Can't say that I miss them:)

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    Forget the shooty dog thing!
    Video game platform
    Authored by: Louis on Wednesday, October 11 2006 @ 12:25 AM EDT

    I had always advocated that computer games were the best platform... due to the raw power that computers usually had compared to other systems, the versatility they offered with the various input options (keyboard offers many options for game control, add to that a mouse and/or joystick), higher resolutions, the ability to save games to your hard disk, etc. They are many advantages...

    Now, having said that, my platform of choice is surprisingly console systems. Why? Well, it comes down to this... over the years I have purchased a great deal of computer games I enjoy. The problem is that I am constantly upgrading my computer, it's operating system, CPU chips change, etc. Often these changes can break computer games. I have gone through so many changes... I have computer games for the Atari 8-bit computers, the Atari ST and TT line (16-bit and 32-bit systems), Amiga games, and plenty of Mac games... and the Mac has gone through games for the 680x0 CPU systems, then PPC, then going from Mac OS 9 to Mac OS X, and once again, we are now in the transition of PPC to Intel processors... Not to mention all the different graphic card/chips in various Macs over the years (which games support OpenGL), etc... It can get a little frustrating at times.

    Whereas console games, for the most part, no matter how old the game may get, it is assured that it will still run on the console it was developed for when it came out. Plus, today's consoles are getting closer to computers themselves in many ways.

    So while I still enjoy and buy computer games, most of gaming is now via console systems because I know that if a game is five years old or five days old, it will still play as it should on the console system. The other aspect to this is a psychological.. whereas I play games via console systems while relaxing on the sofa using the television monitor, and keep computing to doing productive stuff. As I said, it doesn't mean I don't buy computer games or play games on the computer anymore, I still feel there is an advantage to them. I just like knowing that all the games I bought for a particular console will continue to play on that console as long as that console system works.

    Cheers,
    Louis

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