CUSTOMIZING YOUR OWN PC GAMING EXPERIENCE
If you do a search on the internet about customizing your PC gaming experience, the majority of results that come up will be about PC hardware. Although the type of hardware you choose can certainly determine the games you are able to play, and affect the technical aspects of your experience, hardware does not address the less tangible and more important aspects of the gaming experience. Of course, to some people, tinkering around with the innards of their machine is fun, but to most gamers tinkering is just the often necessary prelude to playing their games. Unfortunately, PC games these days are totally prone to unoptimized releases and forums become dominated by user talk of hardware components. These discussions can often lead to insulting comments about your "potato" computer if you don't have the latest, greatest equipment. However, it's unfortunate that so much hype goes into this that many gamers lose sight of what gaming should be about, which is the personal enjoyment of a hobby that's supposed to be fun and entertaining for you.
When I decided to build a gaming computer, I researched the heck out of all the various hardware components until I was satisfied about getting the best I could get within my budget. Anyone serious about PC gaming will do the same thing, but how many people give as much thought to which games they will buy. With the price of games these days, you could very quickly surpass the amount of money you paid for the rig to play them on, which is fine if you actually do play them and enjoy them. However, statistics show that an alarming percentage of people never finish their games for one reason or another. Due to the type of content we're getting, we could blame the gaming industry to a certain degree, but a lot of the blame should land squarely on our own shoulders. Impulse buying and a lack of self-discipline is a big problem and one the industry depends on. People have short attention spans and if we are not engaged, we will move on. But who is ultimately responsible for making that decision to purchase the product?
Another sad statistic is the number of games in library backlogs that people have bought with the intention of playing, but never do. When I started gaming, I got caught up in the sales hype and now, if I never bought another game, it would still take me two years to play them all and I have a small library compared to many. The point being, that no matter how good or attractively priced a game might be, it is virtually impossible to play them all. Fortunately, along the way, I smartened up. So, when I say customize your own gaming experience, I don't mean hardware - I mean get to "Know Thyself" and expend some energy thinking about what you really want out this hobby. Think of it like a gaming profile that is unique to you and the most important aspect is to develop your own personal style.
Although millions of people play games, it's still about making personal choices that will give you the minimum frustration with the maximum enjoyment. If you're new to gaming, establishing what you enjoy will likely take some experimentation, but it's important to make this hobby all about your own likes, dislikes, budget and time. Although this simple observation may seem obvious, you might be surprised at how many people just keep spending money on games they will never play. The following pages lay out a good foundation on the basics of PC gaming and list the broader questions to consider about the industry in general. Considering how you feel about these points of interest will lead to making better decisions in the long run.