Call me crazy. Ok, stop calling me crazy.
I’ve been considering the pros and cons, benefits and disadvantages, wants and needs, should I or shouldn’t I of buying a console game system. Specifically, an Xbox 360 or Playstation 3. I generally like playing PC games, as it helps me wind down on the weekends or at night. I’ve been a PC gamer for years, playing single games on my own, and multiplayer games with my friends. Sure, I dabbled with the original 8-bit Nintendo, but I’ve always favored the PC games. Real-time strategy, first-person shooter, etc.
The predicament is that a PC reaches obsolesence after a few years, and I’m at the juncture where I decide how much more to upgrade, or to forgo the PC upgrades, and get a console system, which doesn’t require upgrading. My PC is great for regular use and most intense games up to 2006/2007. All the newer games would benefit if I upgraded to a dual or quad core CPU, heftier video card, and a newer power supply. Heck, a larger monitor would be peachy.
Here lies the conundrum. How much free time do I have to actually play games? Once in a while, sure. Used to be more, until all the little Ipes started running around, and I have a fully developed family that I want to spend time with. We also have one TV, so I’d be time-sharing when my wife and kids wanted to watch TV and chill out. I have tasks/chores like anyone else to do around the house. Finally, I have a lot of objectives at work that I want to hit this year, including finally getting certified as a CISSP.
These are what whittle away my free time on a daily basis. What does that leave me? Playing a game after midnight on a Saturday night, after everyone has gone to sleep? Hmmmmm. I don’t know. I want, but I don’t know if it would really benefit me. Of course, even playing on the weekends would be fun, but wouldn’t I want to snuggle with my wife?