Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Goodnight Sweet Prince, Hello New Prince?!

My trusty PC had been slowly dying for the last 9 months or so.  It's not it's fault.  I'm hard on my PCs.  Between high end gaming, video editing, Adobe Suite programs, running a media server, and leaving it on 24/7 it's pretty rough being my PC.  For awhile I was replacing my PC every 2 years from scratch.  This PC had been hanging in there (via 4-5 upgrades) for almost 6 years!  It was finally to the point where hardware was just failing.

Because of that, I've been unable to play any PC game that puts strain on my system for the better part of a year.  I've been limited to Hearthstone and some emulation.  I also got the PC version of FFXIII to run on my system, but just barely.  And if you think about it, that's a game designed for Xbox 360 and PS3 which are showing their age.  That's why you haven't seen me discuss PC gaming much this year.

I mention all of this to say... I finally built a new computer!  I had some extra money for the first time in a long while after a freelance project crept way out of scope and I ended up working 9 eighty hour weeks instead of the 2 I was originally going to do.  I haven't had much spending money in years, so this was a pleasant surprise.

Last night my brother and I went to work assembling it and the end result is this!

Since putting it together I've been updating everything, installing drivers, and downloading a ton of games on Steam.

I never really stopped buying games on Steam sales.  I knew I would get a new computer eventually.  Now I have a ton of games to catch up on!

I finally made use of categories in my games library on Steam too.  I now have categories for Games That Suck, Games I'm Done With, Games to Play, and Favorites.  There are somewhere in the realm of 40-60 games in my Games to Play section.  I'm installing as many as I can and intend to start sampling tonight!

I'm so happy to finally have a fully functional PC again.  Thanks so much to my brother for helping me pick parts, figure out compatibility, and assemble!

Expect to start seeing a lot of quick PC game impressions as I catch up and sample my Steam backlog.

I may even get back into an MMO soon.  I feel the urge coming on.

Do any of you have recommendations for games or MMOs I should check out?  Especially stuff that has come out or updated in the last year!  Leave me a comment or reach out on Twitter @grnmushroom.

1 comment:

  1. Gratz! I know you're exited. I upgraded over the summer, was so happy too. Maybe give Trove a try, it's free to play and now in open beta. Lots of fun there and laid back. Or perhaps neverwinter. That's another good free to play title to try, without feeling locked into paying a sub.