Hello RPS, This is a thread about my return to PC gaming after abandoning the old family desktop many moons ago in favour of a console *ducks head, darts eyes around*. You may or may not find it interesting.
Due to my employers making me work every hour known to man for a six month period (if someone can find an extra dimension I can slip into to grab a few more a day please let me know) an olive branch was extended to ensure that the over 350 hours of unpaid overtime didn't make me commit hara-kiri. It was a particularly weighty olive branch in the form of an M17x Alienware laptop.
My previous laptop had died a few years back from a combination of an MA thesis, Dreamweaver and InDesign grind so the prospective arrival of this laptop was making me exceptionally giddy. I also flet that if I was going to get a new laptop I would be better off buying something with high specs to make sure I got some longevity from the machine. The most important issue of all though, was making sure that whatever I bought would be capable of playing Diablo III when it came out. My name is Skeletor68 and I am a lootwhore.
So with this in mind I went to the IT guys in the company thinking they would know some self-build crowd who would customise a machine capable of computing the Matrix but with no brand name or over the top cost. I was delighted when they settled on an Alienware, but was wary about a big name laptop, but then I realised that they were paying and stopped caring. It has an i7 quadcore CPU, 8Gb of Ram and a 1GB Ati video card. After that I wasn't really au fait with specs these days and they were all big numbers so I was quite happy. Now at this point I bet you're wondering why didn't he get a desktop? Well to be honest, it's a small apartment and would be easily moved if I moved too. Really that's it.
I had left PC gaming with some fond memories of cliff racers, cracked sashes, 'Monster Kill!'s and mind worms but wondered about the current state of affairs. Many gaming publications were quick to jump on the 'PC is dead' bandwagon despite the fact that the Korean PC market could successfully invade a small country with their ludicrous numbers and finely honed Starcraft strategies.
I had stumbled upon RPS after reading Jim Rossignol's excellent This Gaming Life. I have to say the comments section here, and a particular segment on infinite dragons chasing you to your desktop, completely sold me on the site (ass-kissing complete).
So while waiting for my laptop to be built (that sounds so exciting), like the old-fashioned fool that I was, I ordered a copy of the Alpha Centauri Complete Edition and the Witcher 1 Platinum edition from Amazon to make sure I had some toys to play with on arrival. I was completely out of touch with the idea of anything besides a physical copy of the game. This was a combination of my time in console land and weak Irish internet connections. This new fangled 'Steam' thingy was all a bit scary...
Next entry: the arrival of the laptop, the beauty of GOG and 'what do you mean I have to make this work myself!'.