Getting Started in PC Gaming: A Complete Guide
The world of gaming has quickly moved from the simple arcades to a worldwide industry that touches every corner of society. Wherever you look you will find its influence rearing its head. And it can be quite a daunting thing to get into for someone with little to no experience in it. Especially into the world of PC gaming, which has a significant amount of elitism tied to it within the gaming community. So, whether you are a season console gamer looking to make the switch, or someone new hoping to build their first pc, let us look at the complete guide to getting started in PC Gaming.
The first thing you are going to want to look at is what machine you will be using. PC Gaming requires dedication from your tech. If you want to play a few small games such as Minecraft, you will easily get away with a simple machine. But for the constant demands of evolving PC gaming, you want something serious. Games demand more from a graphics card as they advance, so you will want to invest in a good one. Nvidia is a good starting point, but don’t be afraid to check out multiple brands.
A strong processor is also a must. Without one, you will find your games lag or stutter. The processor is going to be the tool that lets your computer run multiple programs too, so if you intend you have a chat service running, like Discord, while gaming; a good processor is definite.
Space is one thing that you can manage as you go. While having a large hard drive is good, as long as you have a few hundred GB free space upon starting, you will be generally fine. The more the merrier though. What you want to look at is getting an SSD or Solid State Drive. As opposed to the original hard drive or HHD, an SSD is much faster and loads programs quicker than a normal hard drive. It may cost a bit more but will be worth it to reduce load times.
So you have invested in your set up, now you need to find what games you want to play. You may already know this if you are a former console gamer. But the wonder of PC gaming is there are so many more options available to you. Download Steam and start browsing the store to see what takes your fancy. The other advantage of pc gaming is consistent sales.
A great place to start is with some free games. Particularly look at Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas, or MOBA’s. These games often are free to play and allow you to play with friends, or make new ones while giving an engaging and exciting gaming experience. And they are at the centre of eSports so it could be worth investing your time into. If you want to get more knowledge of how to play, sites like Meta Comps offer an in-depth and strategic look at the games.
You will want to make sure you have an internet connection that can facilitate online play if you are looking at online-based games. But don’t worry if you don’t have access to online. The wonder of PC gaming is there is a huge library of single-player and offline games spanning back years. And in every genre too. There is something for everyone within the PC gaming library so you will be spoilt for choice.
PC gaming can be a solo activity. But PC also comes with the distinct advantage that it has more internet connectivity than its console counterparts. Since social media and communication has evolved separate from gaming, on PC the two merge together to create a unique and powerful community-building experience that has led to many people forging strong bonds and everlasting friendships.
Apps like Discord or Skype will let you communicate with your friends in real-time while you play and is a great way to stay social even when apart. Steam also has community pages where you can find people who enjoy the same games as you and forge new bonds with them. It is also a great place to look for help when struggling with a game or just for fresh advice on what to play next.
PC gaming is a huge investment in terms of time and especially money. It is the most expensive method of gaming options out there. It is never as simple as buying a machine and playing. There are Operating System installations and issues. Security updates. Downtimes. Patches. Slow download speeds. You are going to have to master the art of patience when you are PC gaming.
You will also want to develop a thick skin. Trolling is present in all forms of online gaming. But PC gaming has it worse. With access to the entire internet, the PC gaming community has its fair share of less than savoury character who seek to ruin your fun and get a rise out of you. Our advice is to stay safe. Keep a calm head and remember these people are intentionally trying to make you angry. Do not give them the satisfaction. Just block them, report them and move on. Don’t let them spoil your fun.