You always hear people arguing about truly pointless stuff when it comes to to the gaming world. Maybe its caused by the relatively young state of the gamer population, or maybe it's just because (for obvious reasons) gamers aren't the most emotionally secure people out there, (next to psychopaths, stalkers and marriage counsellors).
Ok I kid, but I am serious when I say that gamers argue about some truly superfluous subjects. One of the most common, and for me, most entertaining, is the arguments between which consoles are better. One thing I feel and have always felt about console gaming is that it doesnt matter what machine you use, it's all about the games. It doesn't matter if you have some beastly black box with the best graphics and X amount of gbs in its internal hard drive, if theres nothing worth playing on it, it's all meaningless in the end.
For the years 2007 through to late 2008, I was an avid Wii gamer, or "Wiitard" as we were affectionately known. I was a core Wii gamer. Looking back on it now, even I find that funny. The reason I abandonded my poor widdle Wii and dived into the world of PC gaming was for a single reason. No it wasn't because of the Wii's low grade graphics capabilities, or the Gimmicky motion controls. It was because I couldn't find any games I wanted to play on the damn thing.
Wii's third party game support was terrible, and the Nintendo made first party games were so few and far between that they just couldn't satisfy my hunger. I was literally starved for good games. After 2009's Madworld (great game) was where my Wii career began to die, and ever since, I've only ever briefly dusted off the little white box for 2010's No More Heroes 2. Since then, where has my gaming attention been?
PC baby. I started playing all the sorts of games I had been dieing to play. I dived into the world of Steam, and never looked back. I currently own 24 games on steam, and if my recorded play stats is anything to go by, I have enlisted over 3000 hours into my PC gaming.
You hear a lot of people give PC gamers bad impressions. Words like "Elitist" or "Tech geek" seem to pop up, and to many, PC gaming is met with weird looks and hollow understandings. Sure there are PC elitists and pricks who think they're better than everyone else but, you get that with all gaming platforms. Hell, even PC gamers take a few bad notions from console gamers and replace the classic "Death to *insert console name here*" with "Death to Mac!".
But anyway, Im three years down the track in core PC gaming and while I've loved it most of the time, theres one thing that I don't enjoy. There is a lack of variety in the big titles. Sure we have indy games and mods that span every genre imaginable, but if you're like me and like just a hint of competitive spirit in your games, or enjoy the big name, big budget titles, theres only one of two ways to go on PC. FPS, or the ever dieing genre of RTS. I hate RTS, (merely because I lack any ability to think tactically) so that leaves me with the most common genre on the system, FPS. PC is often (and even undebateably) called the best choice for fps gaming. Great I thought. So I got into FPS gaming. I played FPS after FPS, loving most, and watching it bring out both the troll and the legend within me. But after a long time, I began to tire of my beloved gun totting bullet frenzies.
Don't get me wrong, I still love FPS, and I still play them nearly daily. But, in the end you know you can have too much of a good thing. Variety is the spice of life that makes every day exciting, and with all the shooters I was playing each and everyday, my gaming life was beginning to grow dull.
I currently have 11 games installed on my computer. 8 of them are FPS's.
What are the other three? One is Super Meat boy, the indie gem of 2010.
The other two? They are the source of my revival in gaming, and my consistent passion for the media. They are both made by CAPCOM.
The first is Resident Evil 5. After playing RE4 on my Wii (out of you guessed it, desperation for good games) I fell in love with the Resident Evil series. When RE5 was announced for release, I actually went out and upgraded my computers specs, for the soul purpose of being able to run it. I'm glad I did because I've got to tell you, I absolutely LOVE RE5. I love the Fantastically fun 3rd person gameplay, I love the brilliant Co-op system, I love the weapons and the characters and the campy, horribly written Dialogue, I love it. I've played RE5's campaign right the way through upwards of 30 times with my friend, beaten the mercenaries mode and unlocked all the content the game has to offer. Nothing brings a smile to my face faster than shooting a zombie in the face and delivering a swift punch to the jaw. RE5 Delivers big time.
The second game, and my latest gaming obsession, is Street Fighter 4.
After recieving the game as a birthday gift through Steam from a good friend, I saturated myself in the deep and highly competitive world of street fighter. I Learned combos, mastered techniques, and played every single day for months on end. I love it, and still play it almost daily. After deciding on a character to main I've had a great time exploring and developing my skills with my character. (I play C.Viper.) Sure I lose 70% of my matches.... and I think no other game has made me as frustrated as SF4 but, its been just as rewarding as it has been aggravating. Nothing feels as awesome and epic, as winning a tough round of street fighter, and I am so grateful that the legendary fighting series was released on PC, adding a much needed dash of variety to my otherwise lonely shooter experience.
Capcom is a great company in that they release almost all of their big titles on PC. Devil May Cry, Resident Evil, Street Fighter, Lost Planet (guh). But something truly tragic has emmerged as recent trend.
About a year or so after its release, Resident Evil 5 was replaced with Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition, Featuring all new gameplay, weapons, Characters and costumes. A year after Street Fighter 4 was released, it was updated with SUPER Street Fighter 4, fixing some much needed balance issues, and featuring new maps, more ultra combos, improved online play and 10 NEW CHARACTERS. 10! DO YOU KNOW HOW AWESOME THAT IS?!
Now some people get mad at Capcoms tendency to release old games with a few new features. I don't think thats a bad thing, I mean they're usually great games, and Just adding more to already a great game isn't bad at all. What pisses me off, and what has literally broken my heart, is that CAPCOM refuses to release these updated titles on PC.
I would absolutely die to play as Jil and Josh in the new content in RE5: gold edition, me and my co-op partner were so excited when we saw footage of all the awesome new gameplay mechanics. But alas, it has yet to be released, and my friend and I have had to grin and bear it, as the console gamers get to enjoy it.
SUPER Street Fighter 4 has been the real culprit here, and it really is a tradgedy. The added depth and ten new characters is a fantastic addition to the game, and you have no idea how much me and some of my friends would love to play with the slippery Hakan, or Feisty Juri on our PCs. But no, SSF4 has yet to be, and most likely never will be released on PC. Not only is CAPCOM simply not letting PC gamers have a chance to play it, but they're excluding a whole gaming sub-culture from expanding into the latest reindition of an extremely popular and competitive game.
The reason CAPCOM refuses to release these updated/ultimately better versions of their games for personal computer? Piracy. Yes it's always been a difficuilt problem to deal with, and many other companies have used the same argument for their reluctance to release.
What is continuously ignored though are some undeniably solid examples of hard evidence. Despite both RE5 and SF4 boasting great sales on PC, they simply won't release their newer reinditions. Even though thousands of fans have pledged to buy them, or begged them to be released, CAPCOM won't budge. In an interview one of CAPCOM's leading figures on Street Fighter stated that "The PC version of SSF4 is 90% complete", and yet still refused to comment on any release dates.
It's truly a disappointing situation, and for me personally, it sucks that i've been saved by these great, diverse games, only to be abandoned and ignored when it comes to their later installments.
Piracy is indeed a valid and deceptive subject in todays gaming industry, and while times are tough and game companies are taking less risks, it's still no reason to deny gamers great games, especially when they've been so loyal and supportive in the past. They are fine with releasing them on console though, and even though the console gamer is statistically a safer investment, Console gamer societies are not without their own pirates.
So thats my.....rant? Whine? General spite-stricken whinge? Whatever you want to call it. I love capcom and I love capcoms games, but the way they've left me in the dark and forced me to beg for the release of games I enjoy and desire is truly a heart-breaker in itself. There are two things I want you to take away from this little blog of mine:
1: Console gamers should be grateful.
If you're a console gamer (who you know, doesn't play on Wii), then you should really be grateful for the huge variety in games that you have to choose from. Sure the overall quality of games has been debateably sinking lately, and developers are taking less and less risks into making good/different games, but you should still understand one thing. You are the priority. Game companies now make games with you in mind, and consider the PC side as usually an after thought. They are making games for you, because you are the majority of the market. You should enjoy this fact, and whats more, you should use it. Get out there, enjoy the best of what the game world has to offer, and demand better games where ever and when ever you can. They are listening to your voice now.
And number 2:
You can't Spell CAPCOM without PC.
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