Gaming Choice Paralysis

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Last week I built my first gaming PC. With that came a crash course in computer hardware installation and a great sense of accomplishment but also some unforeseen consequences. It ran for about 3 days until the power supply gave out causing a whole week worth of troubleshooting, researching, and more troubleshooting. But after all was said and done I was able to bring it back to life over the weekend!

For the past 8 years or so I’ve been attempting to play games on a business laptop. It wasn’t exactly an enjoyable experience. There were only a few kinds of games I could pay, Namely this came down to do I want to play a 2d side scroller, a pixelated indie game, or, if I was lucky, a game that came out 15 years ago. Other than that my choice in games has been whatever the PS3 and PS4 libraries held. While they aren’t small by any means there was always something I wanted to play but it wasn’t on the system.

Now I have all the options and I must admit it’s a little dizzying how many choices there are. I’ve already installed games I’ve been following for years but could never run well enough to play. Games like Guild Wars 2, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Black Desert Online, Wildstar, even World of Warcraft. They all run without skipping a beat, it’s fantastic.

Then there’s single player games I’ve been waiting on like Grim Dawn and Elite Dangerous. Though Elite Dangerous is set to release for PS4 at the end of the month…go figure.

Unfortunately I don’t have any really intensive game to really make my PC work hard but even my old games take on a new life at maximum settings and on a bigger monitor.

With all of these options how do I choose what to play? I find myself hopping from game to game saying “oooo look how pretty this one it” and then moving on to test another. It’s hard to pick just one to play for an hour but I can’t complain too much it’s a pretty good problem to have.

3 thoughts on “Gaming Choice Paralysis

  1. Coppertopper June 10, 2017 / 11:20 am

    Congrats on the pc build! It really is a fun experience. Exciting when it posts the first time you hit that power button, nail biting when it fails : / I just completed one last nite around a Ryzen 1700. Early adopters seemed to have paid a bit of a price but latest bios updates seemed to have sorted out the issues.


    • Kluwes June 10, 2017 / 9:08 pm

      It was a lot of fun to put together. With all the horror stories online about parts being DOA I thought I was in the clear when it booted up on the first try. I just wasn’t expecting it stop working after 3 days. Glad it was only the power supply though and it didn’t take anything else with it. I’m glad they’ve fixed some of the issues with the Ryzen.


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