News
 International
   Global Views
   Asia-Pacific
   America
   Europe
   Middle East & Africa
 National
 Embassy News
 Arts & Living
 Business
 Travel & Hotel
 Medical Tourism New
 Taekwondo
 Media
 Letters to Editor
 Photo Gallery
 Cartoons/Comics/Humor
 News Media Link
 TV Schedule Link
 News English
 Life
 Hospitals & Clinics
 Flea Market
 Moving & Packaging
 Religious Service
 Korean Classes
 Korean Weather
 Housing
 Real Estate
 Home Stay
 Room Mate
 Job
 English Teaching
 Translation/Writing
 Job Offered/Wanted
 Business
 Hotel Lounge
 Foreign Exchanges
 Korean Stock
 Business Center
 PR & Ads
 Entertainment
 Arts & Performances
 Restaurants & Bars
 Tour & Travel
 Shopping Guide
 Community
 Foreign Missions
 Community Groups
 PenPal/Friendship
 Volunteers
 Foreign Workers
 Useful Services
 ST Banner Exchange
  Europe
Video Games: PC Vs. PS
By Shane Clarke
London Correspondent
It was 1997. It was an interesting and event-filled year for the UK: We had the Brit-Pop explosion which breathed new life into our music industry, Tony Blair and Labour won the general election by a landslide, ending 18 years of Conservative rule. Tragically, we also lost Princess Diana one terrible night in Paris.

A quantum leap was taking place in the gaming industry. Cartridges were old news. Now our games came on CDs. They had graphics like nothing we had ever seen before, they had real music, even full motion video. The games themselves were huge, their stories deep and engaging.

It was an exciting time for all gamers everywhere. Games like Doom, Quake, Resident Evil and Final Fantasy 7 were setting the world alight with their exciting game-play, atmospheric sound and graphics and – in the case of Final Fantasy 7 – a story worthy of a good anime movie.

As had become the tradition in gaming, there were two factions competing for dominance over the scene. On one side, there was the PC, which – thanks to the advent of sound and video cards – had evolved into an all singing, all dancing games machine. On the other side was the Sony Playstation, the first console ever to have its games only available on CD.

Both had their good and bad points. Top-end PCs with the best graphics cards had better graphics and game-play than the Playstation, also the games tended to be cheaper. However, with the Playstation there were none of the compatibility issues arising from the multitude of different configurations of processors and sound and video cards on the PC; you didn’t have the problem of having to patch games because they were released before they were ready, and some of the games were better than those available on the PC.

I think the PC’s main advantage was that it was more than just a games machine. It had word processors, spreadsheets and a plethora of other applications designed to make our lives easier and more interesting. It could be upgraded, improved by faster processors, added memory and better sound and graphics cards. On the gaming side, it had such classic strategy games as Total Annihilation, Command and Conquer, and Sim City.

The PC was a better class of gaming machine. It was for those who liked to use their brains and not just their trigger fingers, its games were more cranial, and it had better graphics than the Playstation. The PC was a gourmet meal, while the Playstation was a bag of fish and chips. The old class-distinction of the C64 and Spectrum days was back, but this time the divide was much wider. This time it was like a High Court judge and Vicky Pollard from Little Britain. After all, we office folk used PCs at work, and we could play games in our lunch hour. We could also access the internet with our PCs. Yes, it was slow back then with its dial-up connections, but it was better than the Playstation could do.

As a self-confessed gaming snob and a fan of strategy games I bought a PC and put a high-end Soundblaster sound card in it, as well as a top of the range Voodoo graphics card. It was a monster of a machine for its time, and it repaid my investment with hours of fantastic, addictive game-play. Once more, I had become a gaming junkie, spending huge chunks of my life playing games like Command and Conquer, Tomb Raider, and that crack cocaine of PC games, Championship Manager.

Oh, these were good days, and they just got better when MAME (Multi Arcade Machine Emulator) was released, and we PC gamers could play all those old arcade games on our PC exactly as they were back in their heyday.

As usual, there were arguments between the two gaming factions about which format was the best. But this time it was different. This time there was an unspoken feeling that each side was missing out on something that the other side had. Each gaming machine fulfilled different needs. One was the cheeseburger, and the other was a large Coke. But we couldn’t have both, could we? That would be like cheating on our wives or girlfriends.

In the PC, we had Kristen Scott-Thomas – a combination of beauty and class that you would be proud to take home to meet your mother. But sometimes we wanted something dirtier, more risqué. Sometimes we wanted Jordan, and that was the Playstation.

My cousin had a Playstation, and oh did I want it! I would sit there, watching him play games like Tekken and Gran Turismo, and it was like being at a strip club while my girlfriend was waiting at home. I was overwhelmingly tempted, and this filled me with guilt. Was I willing to cross that line? Was I ready to commit gaming bigamy?

Of course I was! I’m weak and undisciplined. As a gamer I was a spoilt brat who wanted it all and wanted it now. I was ready to commit bigamy, polygamy, I was ready to put together a harem of gaming machines to get what I wanted.

I went out and bought myself a Playstation. I felt so guilty that I almost asked the sales guy to put it in a brown paper bag. It was like when your girlfriend puts you on a diet because you’re developing a spare tyre and man boobs, then you sneak downstairs in the middle of the night and sneak that piece of chocolate cake that’s been calling to you from the fridge all evening. It felt great, but it felt so naughty.

Before I knew it I was beating up men with funny hair and men with a leopard’s head. I was racing sports cars around tracks to win money to buy faster ones. I had it all. I had my cake and ate it. It was the gaming equivalent of free love, and best of all, I discovered I wasn’t the only one doing it; there were many of us; an entire community of bigamists, and it was brilliant!

Surely it couldn’t possibly get any better than this…could it?

Absolutely…



Related Articles
    Derek -- Simply Brilliant
    Dara O’Briain -- The Gentleman Comic
    Fear of Flying: My Morbid View of Airline ...
    The Growth of Medical Tourism in the UK
    Funny Boy
    Anger as Carlos Tevez Appears to Refuse to Play
    Shadow Chancellor Outlines Five-Point Plan for ...
    Broken Hearted: What Do You Say?
    President Obama Weighs-in to the Japanese ...
    The Beautiful Game: Memories of When My Team ...
    Shake It, Baby!
    Student Protestors Riot in London
    The Amityville Horror
    The Blitz
    British, US Soldiers to Do Marathon Run for ...
    Horse-trading with People’s Lives
    Is It the Future or Just a Fad?
    The Price of Failure
    You Know He Was British, Don’t You?
    The Drug Problem in United Kingdom
    Capitalism: How Free Does It Really Make Us?
    Rogue Afghan Soldier Kills 3 British Soldiers
    Blair’s Guards’ Expenses under Scrutiny
    Britain’s Hidden Disaster
    Referendum on Electoral Reform to be Announced
    The Mediterranean Diet
    Shame! England, My England!
    To Hell in a Handcart
    It’s Not Easy Being an England Fan
    Cumbrian Gunman Kills 12
    Rooney Is Greatest Player World Has Ever Seen
    More Injury Woes for England
    England Team Banned from Using Twitter during ...
    Gareth Barry in Race to Prove Fitness
    Forgotten Couple Still in Hands of Somali ...
    England 3 – 1 Mexico
    England Captain, Ferdinand, Expresses Concern ...
    President Obama Looking for Spending Cuts
    British Airways Obtains an Injunction to ...
    Hedgehogs and Plumbers
    Britain Has a Hung Parliament
    Is It Being Destroyed by Too Much Money?
    Video Games: A Community Divided
    Video Games: They’ve Come a Long Way
    Gordon Brown Forced to Apologise over ...
    Why British Monarchy Is the Best in World
    How Many Wives Did Henry VIII Have?
    Annual Leave? I’d Rather Stay, If That"s All ...
    Plea of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s War Crime Victim
    The Family Way — Divorce
    UK Flights Grounded by Volcanic Ash
    Deadly Italian Train Crash Kills 6
    The Rise of Nationalism in Britain
    When America Sneezes the World Gets a Cold
    Oil Companies Continue to Rape Planet for ...
    Snow in Spring Brings Chaos to Parts of the UK
    Bureaucracy Strikes Again
    Darling Targets Election Victory with Safe ...
    The Child Bride Problem Is Still Alive and Well
    Terrified Emergency Call of a Woman Whose Car ...
    Achilles Tendon Injury Ends World Cup Dream
    CSR – Genuine Principle or Marketing ...
    Continuing Turbulence at British Airways
    Teenager's Murder Highlights Dangers of ...
    UK Election Juggernaut Begins to Roll
    War Families Anger at MoD Bonuses
    Cameron under Pressure over Lisbon Treaty
    Resignations Follow the Sacking of ...
    Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet
    Tony Blair Ready to Stand for EU Presidency ...
    Debates Continue as Queen Weighs in to Row ...
    Protests Greet Nick Griffin’s Appearance on ...
    21 Environment Protesters Arrested in England
    The British Government Passes the Buck Again
    Everything Must Go As British Government Sells ...
    Boyzone Star Stephen Gately Dies
    Is David Cameron Even Capable of Honest ...
    The Tragedy of "Heaven's" Child Brides
    Elite – The UK’s Higher Education System
    Why Can’t I Hate Barack Obama?
    The UNCRC – The Convention That Dare Not ...
    The Tragedy of Child Brides


Shane Clarke serves as London Correspondent for The Seoul Times. He has been involved in humanitarian work for numerous years. He’s also a freelance management consultant. Having completed an honors degree in Law at Wolverhampton University, he then moved on to an MBA at Warwick Business School. He’s heavily involved in the fight against international parental child abduction to Japan.

 

back

 

 

 

The Seoul Times Shinheungro 25-gil 2-6 Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea 04337 (ZC)
Office: 82-10-6606-6188 Email:seoultimes@gmail.com
Copyrights 2000 The Seoul Times Company  ST Banner Exchange