PC's Vs. Consoles Vs. Portables

Discussion in 'General Gaming Discussion' started by IBNobody, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. PC Games!

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  2. Console Games!

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  3. Portable Games!

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  1. IBNobody

    IBNobody I try to keep myself amused.

    Nov 16, 2006
    United States
    Texas, Hang 'Em High
    I'm posting this question because I wanted to see if there were more people like me.

    In the past 5-6 years, my gaming habits have changed. I used to play console games and PC games much more often than portable games. Once I got out of college, got married, and started working full time, I saw that my console gaming time drop. My PC gaming time dropped as well once I stopped playing MMO's and computer strategy games.

    My gaming time on portables increased significantly, however, when I purchased a DS Lite.

    I own a PS3, Wii, DS Lite and PSP. I've played a few games for the PS3, but it gets used (daily) to watch videos. I haven't played a Wii game for longer than a day since... SMG? I play my DS and PSP almost every day. The DS gets most of my overall playtime due to the number of games released for it. The PSP goes unused for months on end until a good game comes out, and then I find myself playing that game exclusively for awhile.

    I like portable gaming so much that I find it HARD to get motivated enough to play a console game. The thought of being chained to a TV is not appealing at all. It takes a killer game like MGS4 or Fallout 3 to get me to play. With portables, I'm finding I can get my gaming fix in bed, on the couch, or on the toilet at work.

    It also doesn't help that many portable RPGs are just as entertaining as their console brethren. Some, like Disgaea, WERE from consoles.

    Does anyone else feel this way?
  2. airpirate545

    airpirate545 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Sep 5, 2007
    United States
    I used to feel this way when I just had a Wii and a DS, Then I bought a PS2 and it has so many addicting games that I can't even compare portable games to console games. Now I just use my DS when I want short gaming bursts..
  3. MicShadow

    MicShadow GBAtemp Fan

    Jan 28, 2008
    I used to play handhelds a hell of a lot. Then I moved to consoles, played them a lot. Then, finally realised PC as king of gaming. Too bad a lot of games only come out on console [​IMG]
  4. SoLuckys

    SoLuckys GBAtemp Regular

    Nov 12, 2008
    I used to play handhelds until i bought my ps2, after my wii and now i am stuck in handhelds again
  5. Phynx

    Phynx Advanced Member

    Sep 2, 2008
    United States
    Laptops make PC games also portable!
  6. Satangel

    Satangel BEAST

    Nov 27, 2006
    Bruges, Belgium
    PC Games are still the win for me, there are just some games that never get old for me.
  7. Sharpz

    Sharpz GBAtemp Fan

    Nov 25, 2008
    United States
    L.A California
    Hehe everyone does. [​IMG]
  8. Psyfira

    Psyfira Credit: 0ml. Insert tea to continue

    Dec 31, 2003
    At the moment portable because I mainly play at night; other occupants of the house get a bit cranky with the sound on, and running headphone cables from the TV doesn't quite work for me. PC games died years ago for me, I'm one of those people who won't replace hardware unless it's broken or if I have a really good reason, but the technology just moves too fast.
  9. Louisiana

    Louisiana GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 27, 2008
    United States
    The only thing handhelds have going for them is portability.

    I like consoles because I can play them on a large screen.

    where's the option for arcade gaming?
  10. Golfman560

    Golfman560 TheRapist.com

    Dec 29, 2008
    Living with seals
    Its back there in the 80's closet.

    I like portables, however I don't use them much. Maybe on road trips and vacations I use them but thats about it. Then console I play whenever I feel, but I'm usually on a computer playing games.
  11. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

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    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    While I have a great deal of time to do what I like in I still take my gaming where I can get it.

    Time wise though it has to be portables, I play my DS while I am watching videos, waiting for downloads, listening to things, in transit (assuming I feel comfortable bringing it) and whatever else I have a somewhat passive activity. Annoyingly it has reached the stage where I almost have to multitask or face boredom while doing things.

    I will however point out that most people I know including myself have a PC like device (internet, video and whatnot) rigged up to TV or a console rigged up to the monitor of the PC (which has a console control pad of some form) which changes things a lot. Better yet most usually have secondary monitor upon which to do things. A comfortable seating arrangement in all cases goes without saying.
  12. IBNobody

    IBNobody I try to keep myself amused.

    Nov 16, 2006
    United States
    Texas, Hang 'Em High
    I would disagree with you on the netbook front. I have one of the current gen, and while I love it for web browsing, reading PDFs, running Apple OSX (LOL!), and watching XviDs or Hulu, I wouldn't see it as a gaming platform. It's underpowered, even overclocked at 24%. In 2-3 gens down the road, definitely. Look out full-featured laptops. Your end is near!
  13. da_head

    da_head A dying dream..

    Apr 7, 2008
    Toronto, Canader!
    s'all about PC! unless there is starcraft on other systems o.o

    EDIT: o wait n64 xD
  14. Arm73

    Arm73 GBAtemp Addict

    Mar 4, 2006
    I play mostly on my DS because as it's been pointed out by the author of this topic, it's convenient to play it in bed, on the couch, or on the toilet [​IMG].
    It's tough to be chained at a computer desk or on a TV these days because I'm working a lot with ridiculous hours.
    Also I'd like to play PC games, but as Psyfira pointed out, my PC is just fine to run emulators and everyday's task as internet surfing, downloading and burning stuff, but it's a little beyound when it comes to the latest generation of PC games, and I've decided not to upgrade it for the moment, so unless it's a 3-4 years old PC game that I missed when it first came out I'm out of luck.
    I should dedicate more time to my Wii, there are still excellent games that I didn't finish and more good titles are on their way, but still I'm too lazy and I prefer to play my DS in bed.
    I also play a lot of vertical shooters and fighting games on PC emulators of various systems when I can, and some Guitar Hero or Rock band here and there, but still, when I'm really tired I can only manage to play my DS......
  15. BORTZ

    BORTZ Tired of being the good guy

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    Dec 2, 2007
    United States
    When im home from college, i find that there are lots of times where ill camp out in my room with my DS. i play for hours. But while at college i dont have a tone of time to play and when i do its with other people on a 360 or Wii. I would say i still love the DS the most. i can never get into console games as well as a good DS one.
  16. gblock247

    gblock247 GBAtemp Fan

    Dec 19, 2007
    United States
    Technically it would be PC/Console, but since emulators are on the PC, that's what I voted for.

    Yeah, I fire up emulators(MAME and SNES) mainly a couple times a week, not to mention Stepmania and newly acquired Audiosurf. Plus stuff like Bejeweled, Luxor, and other casual games from time to time....
  17. yuyuyup

    yuyuyup GBAtemp Psycho!

    Apr 30, 2006
    United States
    USA MTN timezone
    I play mostly DS, followed by Wii, followed by PC
  18. ball2012003

    ball2012003 Newbie

    go with portable games
    there's gonna be a couple of good one coming up for psp and ds
  19. WildWon


    Former Staff
    Apr 4, 2008
    United States
    8-Bit Heaven
    I can't say that i play one over the other, or which i prefer.

    No internet means no GOOD pc gaming. I really like online play of PC games. Namely for FPSes. Love those on PC, but mainly for online play (Unreal Tourney, Quake 2 and TFclassic were three i was HARDcore addicted to... and Quake Live will be that way as well heh).

    Consoles are amazing for when you have a group of people together. The number of party games we play is stunning. Both Wii and Xbox are great for that.

    As for portables, myself and Wife® both have a DS w/ flash carts... as do like 8 of our friends (including the 3 we are moving in with... w00t!), and i have a PSP which i got for xmax, so i still play portables VERY regularly too. Hell, if myself or Wife® is playing a single player game on the TV, the other usually has a portable system out to get some gaming in.

    So, they're all very viable.

    I mean, if i HAVE to choose... shit, i have no idea. Prolly PC, but thats because i've been w/out it for so long [​IMG]
  20. TanookiSuit

    TanookiSuit GBAtemp Addict

    Nov 11, 2004
    United States
    Louisville, KY
    Well I voted portables, but in practice it's the PC but that's due to the fact my best friend from work has a 2 and 3 year old and can't go out so we screw around with Silkroad Online at night for a couple hours.

    In reality I commit true game time, not the Silkroad social and kill a few things hour, to my PSP and my DS (PSP much more since I got one mid last year as I've been doing catch-up.) It all goes back to being Nintendo's fault primarily because the N64 was so good, but it got a good game every 2 months and I didn't have or want a PSX due to Sony's smear campaigning and flaky hardware. As a result I ended up with a crap ton of GBC games I paid for, and then so on through GBA variants and the DS up to now (DSL and PSP.) I find that I'm more comfy sitting here, on the couch, wherever where I can enjoy the moment up close and personal and have that flexibility to stop and go as I please. Console games I love, but they've gotten so fucking convoluted these last 2 generations you need some hardcore time commitments and I just don't feel up to it except in spurts.
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