File this under "first world problems".
My main computer at home, an Alienware gaming laptop, started the long process of dying once again this past weekend. I know, I know, if I was serious about PC gaming, I wouldn't have bought a laptop in the first place, but I did for not good enough reasons, and the bill from the piper has finally come due. Thanks to a little foresight, I saved up quite a warchest for the eventuality, and with just a little help from our tax refund, I managed to future proof my PC gaming needs to the tune of 3 large. Thanks to the +PC Gamer
magazine folks, I followed their high-end gaming rig build (sorry, I know the GPU folks are coming out with a new standard in June, but I need a gaming rig sooner than that) with only a few minor tweaks.
The funny thing about all this, at least to me, is that I'm getting a free copy of the new MMO The Division
. Seriously, the GPU I bought comes with it as a bundle right at a moment. Now, like a lot of other PC gamers, I've been looking at The Division
(okay, that takes too long to type, TD
, that's all you're getting) with a little bit of interest, but not enough interest to plunk down $60 on a game that apparently has needed some serious patches and DLC to make it even close to that price tag. Guess I'll find out if the hype is worth it after I get the new computer put together later this week.
In related news, I had also been looking over stuff from the popular console MMO Destiny
- hey, it's sci-fi, and a shooter, and from Bungie, the makers of Halo
(which they're rumored to be finally bringing that series to PC, as well, which I think would be good) - to the point that I'd figured out exactly everything I would need to run the game for the cheapest output possible. Go with the PS3, as the console is cheap on the used market and you don't have to have a PS+ account to play Destiny
, then get the Legendary Edition
to get all the DLC, and finally add in a keyboard/mouse adapter, like the Xim4, because no self-respecting, FPS-loving PC gamer would attempt an FPS (even a 3rd-person MMO FPS like Destiny
) with anything less than a keyboard and mouse. There's just too much loss of fidelity and control going to a gamepad for a game like that, so without the keyboard/mouse adapter, that whole plan was a no go.
Well, with all the money I put out for the new "hawtness", I am unwilling to spend money on a console and another game. However, in my internet wanderings, I came across a multitude of articles comparing a PC free-to-play game by the name of Warframe
, and the comparisons came down in favor of Warframe
more often than not. I'd tried to get into Warframe
a few years back, can't remember now what had grabbed my attention of it then, but at the time I could not make it work for anything on my computer (the Alienware gaming laptop I'm now replacing). With the new "hawtness" coming in, I think I'll try it one more time. The videos I've been watching on YouTube of gameplay have been very interesting enough that I remembered why I had tried getting into it previously, and since it's a free-to-play game as well, there's no reason not to give it a try.
And yes, the eventual plan is to get one of the multitude of VR goggles (or as I heard on This Week in Tech
, one of those toasters so it can have sex with my face) and play some simulation games (space sci-fi, modern airplanes, or car racing). Probably even build myself a DIY cockpit out of PVC pipe and have interchangeable mounts for all the different controls. Between TD
and all the other games I'm currently playing (Armored Warfare
, War Thunder
, MechWarrior Online
, and a whole slew of stuff from Steam, GoG, and Origin), that is an investment for next year or the year after that.