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15 Reasons why the PC is best for gaming

Forget Xbox, Wii and PS3, all you need is a PC

Think a PC isn't a viable gaming platform? Well think again. Here's 15 reasons why a PC is the best device to play games on.

I, like many others, have on occasions belittled the PC as a serious gaming platform. However, while it may have had its problems and serious-lack of good games, it still beats an console every time. Here's 15 reasons why the PC is the best gaming platform available.

1. PCs are scalable

Sure, it's a glass half-full or half-empty proposition, because component upgrades often vandalise (and scandalise) your wallet. Question is, would you rather have a platform that can play nearly anything, past to present, contingent on do-it-yourself propensity? Or be locked into a restrictively governed molding that's changed out only once every half-decade or so?

2. PC games can be endlessly manipulated

Another 'your mileage may vary' point, because tinkering's not for everyone, and plenty of people just want something that works. On the other hand, if you've played Far Cry 2 only on a console, you've been prowling around in visuals that only shadow the game's tricked-out PC sibling.

And while stuff like nVidia's PhysX is accessible on nVidia-derivative consoles, don't expect Mirror's Edge to ever look as gleefully dissolvable on a PS3 or Xbox 360 as its physics-enhanced PC version. Also: Two words = mod scene.

3. PCs ape consoles in emulation

Here's a point often missed. PCs can be nearly any past-tense console, by hook or by crook. Miss stuff like Rare's Wizards & Warriors? The original tag-team Mario Bros? Mega Man? Berzerk?

No need to track down a mouldering Atari 2600 or original NES, or Edward Stratton III's original Tempest arcade box. Just find an emulator and a stack of ROMs, or a Flash or Java site such as PlayNES.net running scads of these in ostensibly legal emulation (including save-state options!) and you're golden.

4. PCs can be anywhere

If you're living in the 1970s, you think computers still hunker in lightless basements, or converted linen closets, or musty-carpeted lofts. I've never parked my PC anywhere other than a desk/armoire/piped-and-fluted-hybrid in a living room within cabling distance of my Dolby-fied flat-screened piece-de-resistance.

Swapping between a desktop LCD and your larger living room variety is a snap, not to mention that doing so offers more audio/video playback options than any of the console manufacturers.

5. Keyboard and mouse beats all

We've yet to see an interface as intuitive and broadly commanding (and that's including Nintendo's  vaunted Wiimote and nunchuk).

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