Art via Jeph Jacques at questionablecontent.net
I have a confession to make: The majority of my gaming life has been on console. Okay, that’s not so much a confession as it is common knowledge. Growing up there was only a few games on the PC I was even allowed to play. Myst, Doom (which was a sneak in until someone realized what I was playing), there was a Roadrunner game, and Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing. Yes, I just busted out Mavis Beacon. It made me into the super skilled typist I am today! But I digress. As a kid, I was not allowed to play video games unless I was at my cousins house until I was 8, when we got an off brand known as the Socrates. Anyone else ever have one? Probably not. Because it was crap. It was a keyboard that barely worked and plugged into your TV. It was enough to shut me up though, until I was 12 and got my own Sega Genesis (which was outdated and barely worked) but hey, I had a console! I was 10 when the very first Playstation was introduced, but I never got to play one unless I was at a friend or cousins house until I was 15, when I saved up enough money and bought one for my own damn self. Which was of course, the same year that the Playstation 2 debuted. Luckily by that point my parents had gotten the picture that we were going to need a gaming console in the house, and I only had to wait until Christmas for one of those. This is where my brother and I bonded (we are 7 years apart) and later bringing in my sister. Since then I’ve had 2 Xbox 360’s, one of which was pawned while I was going through some financial crisis and the other which I still have (special edition Gears of War 3, like a boss!) Our household just basically skipped having the first edition XBox, as we were quite content with our PS2.
As I’ve gotten older I’ve had more and more people push me towards PC gaming. Not only is it cheaper and more accessible, but the community is far more accepting to you as a human. Less of the people saying awful things, more chances of them actually being useful. Well, if you stay out of League of Legends anyway.
Over the past few months I’ve slowly been making my way into PC gaming. I’m not good at it, in fact I feel like I need about 200 more fingers. I have Borderlands 2 on both console and PC, which I’ve been able to finish quickly via console, and barely begin on PC. I haven’t quite adapted, as when I come home and want to unwind I can’t say that I go to my computer to play games, I pick up my 360 controller and go to town blowing up the baddies in various shoot em up games.
So I hand this over to you. What I’ve been playing so far is a lot of Team Fortress 2, Awesomenauts, Bastion and Borderlands 2. What PC games would you recommend for a beginner to PC gaming? What communities are best to introduce people to?