From PS4 to PC Gaming: Gaming Overload

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Back in December, I wrote a feature about my experience going from PS4 to PC. You can read about that here. 4 months later, this is where I stand.

What a difference a few short months make. About 4 months ago I purchased a gaming PC and ventured into a different world of video games. And with that, the world also changed. The COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged countries uncontrollably at unprecedented levels. We here at The Game Fanatics hope you’re all staying safe. 

My PC gaming adventure has been a smooth ride for the last four months and has made me realize how ready I am for next-gen consoles. It made me realize how sluggish the PS4 is at this point. From launching a game to loading from one game to the next, I had no idea there was this much of a disparity. Even installing games has been noticeably quicker on my PC thanks to the SSD. It kind of makes me wonder: Why did I take so long to take the leap?

To be honest, I don’t know why. I’ve always admired PC gaming but was too intimidated by the prospect of building my own machine; a prospect I still intend to make true someday even though I get nervous handling precious PC parts. Is it normal to have spaghetti hands when opening up a PC or is that just me? When I installed an NVMe SSD inside my laptop, I was terrified I’d lose a screw or perhaps placed the drive incorrectly. As trivial as that sounds, I had just spent a pretty penny on the laptop and may have been a tad overprotective. Still, it was an empowering experience to upgrade it myself and I look forward to opening it up again and adding another stick of ram; provided I don’t faint during it. YouTube is your friend when it comes to things like this. 

I was excited once the SSD was installed to try some new games. For reference, this is the SSD I purchased. Coming from PS4, I was expecting some free games here and there but I was not expecting this much. I was not prepared to be absolutely bombarded with this many games. Between Epic Games Store, Humble Bundle and Steam sales, I don’t even know what to do with all of these games. Should I just line them up in a virtual trophy room and admire them? Dust them off every Friday? In the last 4 months, my Steam library jumped from 1 game to exactly 50. My Epic Games Store library is sitting at 28 games. Even as I write this now, I just got notified to download Just Cause 4 and some game called Wheels of Aurelia. So naturally, I just added them to my gluttonous library. What the hell is going on here?

I had to pause my Humble Bundle subscription just so that I can catch my breath. Oh and I purchased Resident Evil 3 last week because it was $44.99, a game I have no idea when I’ll get to it. Is this normal? Should I seek a therapist? I was not prepared for this much and in some maniacal way, I’m actually enjoying it. Couple all of that with Xbox Game Pass (when it works) and even UPlay handing out Assassin’s Creed II recently and you have an overwhelming trove of games that would take years to complete. There’s a true sense of ownership when it comes to games on PC. I feel like I actually own these titles and no relapse of any service can deny me of them. Sure, I may not ever play Steep or Farming Simulator 19 but for some reason, I’m glad I have them. Maybe my sister will play Totally Accurate Battle Simulator someday. There’s always a reason to have these games.

But Carlos, you may ask, what are you playing now? Despite all this access to amazing games at free or low prices, I find myself playing Demon’s Tilt most of the time. The rest of the games are like the Army Reserve, waiting to go to battle at a moment’s notice. Will I deploy them anytime soon? Probably not, Demon’s Tilt is too damn good. 

How do some of you cope with all of these available games? Do you try to get to them all? How big is your PC backlog? Share your thoughts down below while I navigate this heap of uninstalled games.

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