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7. Re: No subject Oct 22, 2005, 11:03 Moonbender
 
That's about the only thing I agree with but I could also claim that PCs are teh suxor at driving games and fighting games because of the mouse and keyboard.

They are, arguably. But you can buy and use a joystick, gamepad and a wheel, or even attach most console controllers via an adaptor.

Merely by adding components typically worth a couple of times more than a current console I can stay up to date with my PC games?

Bah humbug. Unless you stay cutting edge, PC hardware doesn't cost all that much. You can get a decent graphics card for <100 Euros, it will still be faster than the current consoles. And you don't have to upgrade everything all the time, just single components. In fact, you don't have to upgrade anything at all, since PC games are usually designed to scale down to positively ancient hardware, like my current setup. Adding a new AGP graphics card would add at least another year, and maybe two to its viable lifetime.

I'm going to start filing away at that PCI-E card to make it fit in my AGP slot?

Yeah, I imagine you would. For the other people, there are plenty of good cards still available for AGP.

So do consoles. They're called televisions. Apologies to those in America who suffer from NTSC.

What are you talking about? HDTV? They are expensive. Standard definition TVs aren't anything like high resolution.

 
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