From: Alabama, USA
ORIGINAL: Lincolns Mullet
And Boar, while I haven't played CoH, it's been a "darling" in the eyes of the press and with many gamers, even garnering "Game of the Year" awards. I've been primarily a PC gamer all my life, but frankly I'm getting sick and tired of upgrading my PC every year to play these new games. I have a Xbox 360 now, which I paid a flat price for and will run new games on it for 5+ years without needing any upgrades.
Au contraire, my friend. What if a game comes out that "pushes the envelope?" An example would be Half-Life 2 and Fear. These games came out and the latest iteration of XBox/Playstation, etc. could not handle graphics at the level of a PC. You also make it sound like you saved a lot of money going this route, but with games costing the same as PC games every time you buy one, there's not much chance for "little games" or add-ons and etc. I'm sure a lot of people love the Xbox, Playstation, and they have their moments. Just don't think you're tricked out to play games that will come out for the PC in the next 5 years. I'd say two years tops.
These days I have been using my PC for less-intensive gaming, and for games I won't ever see on an Xbox. My point is, I am more willing to support games distributed by places like Matrix Games and Battlefront because they offer unique and amazing games and will never require me to update my PC. For the graphic-intensive stuff I'll leave to my Xbox. :)
Why can't you have both? I have. I've had the same system for a number of years now ... maybe 5 years at least! It's multi-talented, versatile, and can probably still kick butt in most graphics depts. No, I probably couldn't play COH, and wouldn't want to, but for Half Life 3, Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl, and etc., do you think I'm gonna upgrade my computer? You betcha. And then I can play those games and all the games from the past I enjoyed, burn music CDs, edit documents for work, or play solitaire while I listen to music. Why screw around with second best? Oh, and I also prefer real wargames that offer "realism" in the form of realistic-like data for how guns and armor work in the real
world, not necessarily in how cool buildings look like when they tumble down. And I see few if any games that require much strategic thought on the Xbox. I also prefer the control for good old FPS in PC over console. Just me.