Antiriad2097 wrote:PC gaming is no more difficult than console gaming these days. In fact, given XBL subs and PSN hacks, its probably easier.
Plug in the HDMI to telly and a 360 pad and its even more so.
Any accusations of PCs being difficult gaming systems are based on experiences pre-Windows XP imo. I can't think of a PC game in the last few years I've had any issues running at comparable levels to the console versions and there's always the option (if your system can handle it) of whacking up the detail levels in the game options. As far as playing them goes, it takes far less time to install and play a PC game than it does on PS3. I've lost entire hours to just installing a single game there before being able to play, consuming my entire gaming window for the day.
Maybe it's simpler these days to install the games, but then that's not exactly a deal breaker or an important thing. What is important is the ease at which you can get a game running and get the most out of it. Multiplayer/co-op over LAN is still a faff. There's making sure the firewall isn't getting in the way; then there's getting round the anti-virus; and, once you've done that, there's making sure everyone involved has exactly the same patch/version (and that's before discovering someone has an incompatible graphics card). There are far more variables and conditions that need to be met in PC gaming than in console gaming.
As for the notion of simply plugging in a 360 pad, I just don't believe that's the case. Even if you get a pad to work, there's still no guarantee that the game you are playing will recognise it - there seems to be a number of multiplatform titles for which the PC versions do not have controller support.
Don't get me wrong - I think PC gaming can be worth all the faffing and stressing. But in my experience console gaming has been far easier, and is getting easier still.