What Happened to the PC Elites?
When From Software released Dark Souls for consoles last year, they announced that there were not making a PC version. PC gamers did not like that decision and begged the company for one. After a number of months of this begging, From Software relented and announced the PC version. When PC gamers found out about it being on GFWL, they pitched another fit. Another round of begging later and now there is a Steam option. This shocked me to no end. I’ve never been a PC gamer, but the ones I knew would not wast their time begging for the game. They were too busy being superior to console gamers instead of acting superior like modern ones do. Back 15, 20, 25 years ago, a PC gamer asking for a game would be unheard of.
Being a PC gamer back then meant a certain dedication to the hobby. They did not have the ability to plug and play like console gamers, or even modern PC gamers. They had to read magazines to find out about the latest game coming out. They talked to game designers to find out what particular components they used to make their game. They also learn how to reconfigure their computer every time they wanted to play a new game. Certain games would only run with certain components, usually the ones that he programmers made the game on. What it also meant was not really caring about the consoles. They existed, sure, but it was a different gaming experience and not really their thing.
Nowadays, PC gamers just have an attitude when it comes to their experience. They act above it all and use pretty much anything they can to make themselves superior. They proudly proclaim that buying a 3000 dollar gaming computer, or even the 500 dollar option of a new graphics card and extra RAM, makes them better. Being able to cheat on certain AAA titles is another defense. Even pointing out that you can use a joystick and controller on a PC in addition to mouse and keyboard is seen as a highlight. That does not make you superior. That makes you look pathetic.
Being superior is not saying that you are better every chance you get. It does not mean using sarcasm at every opportunity to prove superiority. It certainly does not mean using every meaningless thing to put up an arbitrary wall around yourself. It also means not begging for games because of any reason. It means being above the conversation. It means not having to convince others that you are better. It means being better than everyone else.