Ever since making the plunge and treating myself to some good old year end Christmas fun (not so for my wallet though) with the purchases of CoD: Modern Warfare 3 & Skyrim, I find myself once again back to being the Computer Geek that I once was in my university days.
Well not so much of a computer hardware geek these days that would drool over how many gigaflops the latest 28mm beast from AMD that is the HD7970 can do but rather how I can optimise my hardware setup to give me the best bang for buck experience when I dive into the world of Skyrim to kick Dragon butt or to kill that irritating guy called Vladimir Makarov.
After all, 2012 looks to be a good year for PC Gamers and with so many promising games looking to cause girlfriends & wives to go on a rampage as their boyfriends & husbands glue their eyes to the computer screen instead of helping with the dishes or planning movie dates.
Do let me put a disclaimer first though, this ain’t no console bashing article and I am no console hater. I always enjoyed the Wii session with my friends, trying to out drive each other in Mario Kart or seeing who can get our rabbit to burp the loudest thanks to Rayman’s raving rabbits. I have always been a big fan of Final Fantasy and to me, Snake always looks cool regardless of his age. I am also eagerly waiting for the 3rd installment of Commander Shepard’s galactic adventure.
But one thing Console gaming can never beat PC Gaming to me personally is the whole holistic experience that comes along with playing the latest masterpiece from one of the big studios, both in and out of the game.
Using Skyrim as an example, this is one game that has captured the attention of many gamers with its engaging story, open ended game play, beautifully composed sound track and graphics that seem so real. And to truly enjoy the best that Skyrim has to offer, a PC Gamer is going to need a very well tuned computer setup. Which of course leads to the part where console gamers do not get to see or experience as it involves getting your hands dirty to DIY your computer.
From reading up on the latest graphic cards to figuring out how much power the PSU (Power Supply Unit) is gonna need and even the overclocking headroom the latest processors offer, setting up and fine tuning the computer for gaming does look daunting for the first timers. But trust me on this, once you get the hang of it, there is no greater joy in seeing the world of Skyrim in all its full glory and listening to the well composed soundtrack from the latest Modern Warfare installment after all the everything is done.
With this, 2012 looks to be a very exciting year with nVidia’s own graphic card offering (codenamed Kepler) will be out soon in Feb, Intel’s next generation cpu Ivy Bridge CPUs will be out in Q2 and game designers pushing DirectX 11 even more looking at the preview game builds.
Add to the fact that many highly anticipated games like Diablo 3, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, Torchlight II, Guild Wars 2 are scheduled to be released this year, I guess you could say many including myself will be spending a lot more time in front of my PC this year.
By Kenneth Wong,
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