Day 11: Gaming System of Choice

This is easy. This is SO EASY that I don’t even know what to write about.

I never really owned the big consoles – I had a PS2 though and fucking loved it. Crazy Taxi, anyone? Crash Team Racing? Verdi’s ‘Dies irae’ from his Requiem ain’t a rousing classical chorus for me, but the theme music to Harry Potter Quidditch World Cup. Someone give me a controller and a copy of Ratchet and Clank and that’s it, I’m gone. Bye!

I had a Gameboy Advance too and spent hundreds of hours on Pokémon Sapphire (until I lost it) and Pokémon Ruby (when my brother and I found a copy underneath the sofa in a holiday home in Cornwall with Zapdos already on it – if you’re the person who lost it, sorry not sorry).

The Wii also made an appearance in our home; my mum bought it primarily for Wii Fit, which we all did as a family. We even tried to weigh our fucking dog – the memory of my stepdad standing on the Wii Fit board in his shoes (we tried in vain to explain to him that it wouldn’t work if he kept his shoes on) holding our big collie/boxer cross in his arms while he struggled with his tongue lolling out of his mouth is etched in my memory. The first Zelda game I ever played, Twilight Princess, I played on the Wii.

I did get a Nintendo DS as a present once. I played some version of Pokémon on it and then lost it on a flight back from Morocco. Apparently my brain did a whoops when it decided the best place for me to put it so I didn’t forget it was under my seat. Needless to say the person who gave it to me wasn’t happy, and a couple of years later I bought a 3DS and I’ve been Animal Crossing it up ever since.

But my ultimate gaming system of choice is the PC. And I’m not a PC snob by any means, it was just the platform that I had most access to while growing up. I first met The Elder Scrolls on the PC, and that sealed the deal I’m afraid.

I find the keyboard and mouse combo really comfortable and intuitive. Sitting closer to the screen than with a console helps too. There are games I play that I think work better on PC, such as Dragon Age or Cities: Skylines . Being able to mod my games is a big win for me too, especially when playing the big, bug-ridden RPGs such as Fallout and The Elder Scrolls. As I said in my last post, there are game franchises such as Assassin’s Creed which I’ve only ever played on PC and would find it too difficult to move over to console now.

Can’t customise a PS4, either.

Honestly I love all forms of gaming, and my Switch is perfect for me as I travel fairly frequently. But I’m always gonna come back to the PC in the end.

Author: Phoebe Wright

I've been playing video games since I was small and I'm fascinated by the in-depth stories and personal relationships that can be made with characters in video games. I am a musician and I completed my MA Music at Bangor University, specialising in music for video games. For my undergraduate degree I wrote a 12,000 word dissertation focusing on the music of various horror games, although my favourite games are those with a limited horror factor.

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