May 20, 2004

Stop me

by peterb

Stop me if you think that you've heard this one before: Once again the consumer bit of my brain has gotten the sickness, and I have the urge to upgrade my "gaming" PC. I am fighting it tooth and nail.

Those really are derision quotes around "gaming," since most of the games I actually want to run on my PC -- like Warlords II -- don't actually run on modern versions of Windows. And because I never use my gaming PC because it is loud, and takes 5 minutes to boot up, and is in the wrong room, and is big and ugly, and because I can't play on the couch, like I can with the Xbox.

But, stupid is as stupid does. I'm trying to remind myself that all I'll accomplish by upgrading is I'll waste time and money and I still won't be playing any good games on it, since there will no doubt be some odd compatibility glitch between whatever OS/video card combination I have and whatever game (City of Heroes? Maybe) I decide I must obsess over.

Also, the calculus that said upgrading would be "worth it" assumes that my PC133 RAM from ages ago would still work so I could continue to do this piecemeal. I bet that's not true anymore. Everytime I read some article about how you should spend more on some motherboard because this time the new super CPU slow format will guarantee forward compatibility, I want to punch someone.

Hold that ball really still, Lucy -- here comes Charlie brown to give it a good swift kick.

Posted by peterb at May 20, 2004 04:54 PM | Bookmark This

just do as i do. pick a game that is never going to come out e.g. DOOMIII or HalfLife 2 and tell yourself to upgrade when it does. now you've got a reason to not to upgrade which is legit.

Posted by belka at May 20, 2004 05:37 PM



Posted by peterb at May 20, 2004 05:49 PM

Far Cry is about to break my will. Even though there's supposed to be an XBox version coming "eventually."

Posted by Eric Tilton at May 20, 2004 07:35 PM

I just bought KOTOR for my wife, and it won't even try to run on her studly laptop without complaining about driver issue this or hardware issue that.

And this is a game of high reputation that works perfectly on my Xbox, which is no where near as studly as my wife's laptop.

It's a wonder people even bother with PC games at all.

Posted by Pete Su at May 20, 2004 11:49 PM

She needs somewhere to play while you monopolize the Xbox.

Posted by Stewart Clamen at May 21, 2004 01:31 PM

How many XBox games can you buy for the price of the upgrade?

Personally, I doubt if I'll feel compelled to upgrade hardware until either the XBox 2 or G5 PowerBooks come out, whichever comes first.

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