While I agree with Shamus that the argument ultimately comes down to personal preference, it's not always dependent on outside influences beyond our control.
I grew up as a PC gamer on my dad's Apple IIe (yeah...it was a loooooong time ago). So PC gaming was just what I knew. And it was pretty safe since the "gaming industry" was just begining then. When it finally took off, PC gaming became more complex. There was a much greater variety of games from which to choose and had varying ranges of processor intensity. Soon if I wanted to play a particular game, I had to upgrade my motherboard and graphics card, download new drivers, find and apply game patches and probably tune my system.
It got to a point where I was upgrading my system every time a new "Elder Scrolls" game came out.
Eventually, I had enough.
So I flipped to a console. I lloved the fact that, for the most part, I could just pop the disk in and go. No tuning, no loading drivers or patches and no upgrading hardare everytime a cool new game came out. It was also nice to play a game on a 48" TV while reclined on the couch as opposed to being hunched over a desk looking at a smaller screen. However the graphics quality isn't as high on admittedly, a last gen console as a custom build PC.
So I currently juggle both platforms. But as a standard, I'll probably play major Triple A games on the console but play Indie or "classic" games on the PC.
At this point, I am pretty much a PC gamer. I made the transition a couple of years ago after the last generation of consoles were more than showing their age, and I really wanted to play World of Warcraft on something that wasn't a shitty laptop. Since then, I realised that I just preferred playing games on my PC, as I just had more options (control scheme, graphics, mods, etc).
Consoles do still have a very special place in my heart, as I do own an Xbox One that I play Halo and Destiny on, but all of my friends, and the majority of my games are on PC, and there is absolutely no evidence of that changing any time soon.
On some rare occasions you might have needed to write a boot sequence (config.sys, autoexec.bat) designed to push everything possible into high memory to free up enough lower memory for a game.
That right there is MUCH more than enough to turn off many gamers. Then there's driver issues. Then there's issues of which settings do I need to turn down/off to make the game not run like garbage. It just kinda keeps going on like that.
Yeah, but the last time I had to do something like that was... 1996? It hasn't been an issue for literally decades. I'm still not sure what you mean by "driver issues". You install your video card's driver, install the game, and play. When there's a new driver out you install that one and get slightly better performance. And most games have a button to click that will determine optimal settings for your card, and Nvidia at least (I bet probably AMD too) also have a similar feature built in to their software that will pick the optimal settings for most well known games. You really only have to delve into the graphics options if you want to choose a specific balance or mix of features according to your own preferences.
It was a bit more expensive than console gaming for a while, when the early 3D cards came out, but the hardware price differential has been steadily dropping ever since and the games themselves have always been cheaper on a PC. "Extremely costly", however, not at all.
The problem was, for a while there, you'd buy a video card, use it for one big game, then the next game comes out, and you're either barely able to run the game or are running it on the lowest settings possible. You had to constantly be upgrading hardware, which made it VERY expensive to keep up with. That has certainly calmed down over time, and I've now gotten aobut 4 years out of my 7850 so far, and expect to eek out another year before replacing it.
Yeah that was the case for a while, but again, it hasn't been an issue for a VERY long time. Mostly due to consoles, actually - you could buy a cheap mid-range card and play most AAA games on similar quality levels to the console version (or a little higher even), and thanks to consoles remaining the same for most of a decade you did not have to upgrade your card at all unless you were trying for significantly higher quality than the console version. Now with the new consoles you can once again buy a cheap mid range card and be at or above new generation console quality. Again, you can stick with that same card for the duration of this console generation and only upgrade when the NEXT generation comes out.
I do understand your arguments, but they are between ten and twenty years out of date. All of the "problems" you bring up are simply not the case any more, and haven't been for a long time.
Truth is, I'm a dynamic gamer, having done both, but it's obvious to anybody that knows me that consoles are my strength. Even while dual-classing, I am a console gamer. That is the control format in which I prefer and am best at. Need proof? Compare my playing of an FPS (or in third-person, for that matter) on either system and just see which one is awkward for me. My muscle memory and coordination favors a handheld device. You can thank years of Atari, Nintendo, Sega, and Sony systems.
Makes sense. I need a computer for my job, so instead of buying both a computer and a console I just buy a slightly better computer than I would otherwise get. In the long run the extra cash I pump into my computer to bring it up to gaming status is way less than it would cost to switch to console gaming. Plus, I have a nice work space in my office and my living room tends to be dominated by my significant other who is usually watching some horrible show on Netflix that I would prefer to avoid.
As for the difficulty of getting PC games to work, my first experience with gaming was back in the NES days. I thought it was much easier following simple DOS prompt instructions to get a game installed and running than the voodoo needed to get an aging NES system to actually play a game. I know that neither of those situations have anything to do w/ current age gaming, but it's hard to shake earliest experiences.
I am a PC Gamer because I am not a rich, "path of least resistance" person.
I dont know why Eastern Europe is PC Land and the West is consolized, but I am sure the fact that life in the "West" in general is easier, calmer and generally people there are quite a bit richer is part of it.
So people just pay more for the lesser experience because it is easier I guess. ANd because they can.
*Sorry, that is how it IS here. Consoles are MUCH more expensive, and from what I have seen in Germany, the UK and Spain, it still is MORE expensive than PC Gaming by A LOT.
"A gaming PC costs more than a console.
Ah, but console games cost more than PC games, so you pay more in the long run."
Actually, AAA games tend to follow a set path on pricing on all platforms (except for Nintendo's, in which discounts are half as deep and frequent): $60 on launch, $40 after a few months, $20 after around a year, and maybe on a subscription service afterwards.
The points to be made is that PC game discounts are way more common than console game discounts, and PC games eventually go for $10 or cheaper. See: Steam/GOG/GMG sales.
Well I had NES, SNES, PS2, GC, Wii and X360. Right now I have PS3 and NDS. I never touch PS3 (to be honest it has been in the drawer for quite some time) and I keep NDS just because I love it so much (and because I STILL have some long-ass JRPGs to finish some day, also Picross 3D). Gamepads are worse that keyboard+mouse in every situation for me, except for Wiimote which found pretty stellar use in some of Wii titles. But I'm a PC gamer from the childhood. PC has point-n-click adventures of Sierra, LucasArts and Legend Entertainment, roguelikes, CRPGs such as Fallout, Arcanum and Neverwinter Nights, puzzles like those of Zachtronics or Incredible Machine (Contraption Maker these days), global strategy games, all kinds of unique stuff you wouldn't find on any console. Not that I dislike consoles, I had a lot of fun with all major Nintendo stuff, those Marios and Metroids, I liked now crapware genre of JRPG (Dragon Quests, Final Fantasies, Shin Megami Tensei Series). But all in all I just found that most of my favorite games are PC games and I will always own a PC (because it's past 20th century already, come on, there is not a single thing better than a computer in the world). The current console generation is underwhelming, uninspired and useless, to say the least. It probably won't be the last, but there is really no point anymore, there is no advantage in a "console" whatsoever, just look at them - they're just cheap PC-analogues with less features and proprietary corporate shenanigans. Hell, they're even less powerful than a mid-range desktop. I remember the days when I looked at GTA3, then exclusive to PS2, and thought - what kind of a technical miracle is that thing, my PC is no match for this wonderbox! And it wasn't only my PC, that was the whole point. But those times are long over.
So... I started from ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 and my first games were over there (River Raid! Blue Max!). The idea of a console seemed alien to me ever since, even when I started playing them because of their "exclusives".
I don't know. considering I have a console hooked up to a computer monitor sitting on my desk. (it does double duty as my pc monitor), and I've seen others with that arrangement too, I find the living room/desk thing a little flaky as an argument.
Granted, from what I've come across, the 'console on a desk' thing usually comes as a result of those of us that didn't choose pc or console, but chose PC and console.
The history stuff seems more definitive though.
I'm not really old enough for the atari era, but I'm too old for the playstation era to have had much influence, and way too old for the xbox.
I grew up in the Nintendo vs Sega era. And, well, we all know what that means for sega fans. (which I wasn't)
I also had exposure to pc's and PC games at a young age.
Lo and behold, by setup for about as long as I can remember has been PC + Nintendo console.
Which makes a nice complement.
There's some overlap, but for the most part they have different kinds of games, so having both broadens my options a lot.
Compared to the other console options, which would represent far more overlap with a PC.
Thing about PC's is, most people have them anyway.
They may not be awesome gaming systems, but you can still game on most of them.
That makes a PC ironically possibly a cheaper option than a console, because you already have it anyway.
This is all the more true if you, or someone in your family has a job that already demands a fairly capable PC...
Remember that a $5000 PC is great and all, but you can still find tons of games that'll run happily enough on a $300 PC too.
That's easily forgotten sometimes.
Anyway, yeah... History probably does matter...
I dunno about the "hundreds of dollars worth of furniture" needed to do a normal pc gaming session. You can buy a decent desk chair for about $30, I dont know anyone who actually uses a keyboard drawer, you don't really need much lighting to play a PC game. Even a decent desk can be bought for $50 or less if you know how to shop or use craigslist. Don't fool yourself into thinking you need a $200 chair and a $350 desk just to play a PC game.
You can also choose to get an HDMI cable for $10 and one of those TV-dinner tably thingies and play the PC games using your TV as a monitor (and maybe even a controller instead of mouse+keyboard). Or someone in the opposite situation can plug their console into their desktop monitor and play a console at a desk. I do both these things, depending on what my girlfriend is doing (watching tv or working) I just switch a single cable around and hey presto I can choose both console and PC gaming either at my desk or on my couch.
As for what I grew up with/what's available... I grew up with both PC and console gaming and I currently have both available. The big difference is that I use my PC for a million other applications and that warrants the PC being an up-to-date technological beast while I only bought a PS3 when the PS4 came out so I could play the exclusives but still get them for cheap. You don't actually have to buy a console for retail price. Just wait for the next generation to come out and pick one up for 20% of the cost and buy entire libraries of games for steam summer sale prices as more hasty fanboy people are scraping together every dollar they can to buy the newest console (with it's bugs and limited release titles). I bought a good condition PS3 superslim 500gb with two controllers and 20 games (including GTA5) for $150.
Honestly at the end of the day I don't even understand why there is still a divide between console and PC. Anyone can own both and actually a console is already so much like a PC that I don't understand why they are still seperate entities.