Comments on: Legendary Game Designer John Romero Claims that the PC is ‘Decimating Console’ PC enthusiasts one-stop resource for high-quality reviews, articles and current technology news. Sun, 26 Jul 2015 13:58:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Rob Williams Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:24:00 +0000 Good insight. There’s not much bad to be said about the Rift from what I’ve seen, and I can definitely see it being enjoyable to use. I’m also curious about the CastAR, to see what kind of experiences that’d create. I still can’t really see me personally ever using either, but I’d like to be surprised.

By: Densaugeo Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:55:00 +0000 I tried a Rift on once, and I can definitely see myself using it. It’s not the right interface for everything, but it’s great with some of the upcoming spacey flying games (Elite, Eve Valkyrie, etc.).

It’s inconvenient enough to put on (hook up cables to your head, have to use a gamepad, have to get your drink set up in a cupholder where you know exactly where it is…) that you couldn’t use it all the time. But there are some things that are just better when they’re not behind a 2D screen.

I’m interested to see what the next generation of that technology is. There’s the usual cheaper/smaller/better specs/make it all wireless, but I’ve also been hearing for a few years about all the great and useful things AR could do if only someone could get it working well.

By: Rob Williams Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:33:00 +0000 Even if a PC is 50% more expensive than either one of the consoles, the value is high. Games can be had for cheap (even -brand new- they’re $10 cheaper on average), and of course, there’s the benefit of them being highly flexible. There’s so much win.

I hear you on his VR thoughts, though I admit I am not really gung-ho on that market myself. It kind of throws me back to when the original Wii came out. The Wiimote seemed fine at first, but it grew old fast, and I stopped playing the console mere months after purchasing it. I understand that VR is far different than that, but it still doesn’t seem like a way I’d want to play games too often.

One thing’s for sure, the future’s going to be very interesting. Even now we’re way, way too early in the scheme of things to begin speculating about its future.

By: Densaugeo Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:21:00 +0000 PC is definitely the cheap option…I keep hearing people talk about how expensive gaming PCs are, but you all really need is the regular PC you have to have anyway. Don’t even need to buy extra controllers or anything, since you already have a keyboard + mouse. And it’s less clutter, since you don’t need an extra box!

I don’t understand his comment about VR though. He seems to be saying “VR isn’t just like the latest popular style, so it must be a fad”. Sounds backwards to me. I think the rise in social games is mostly driven by online multiplayer being easier to implement, not a sudden desire to abandon single-player games. It’s just like tablets: the were the hot new thing for a couple years because they had just become possible, not because the PC is ‘dead’.

I also don’t see how playing a game in VR is any less social than playing the same game with the same people on a regular screen. It’s differently social, since you’d have to rely more on voice chat, and would exchange the option of LAN party style socialization for more immersion and maybe the possibility of body language online…or have both options, since games that support VR generally works with regular screens too.