Doctor Glyndwr wrote:
I've actually not had a significant problem with installing and running a PC game for years, apart from all the near endless arsing around getting the controls right.
There's a difference between 'run' and 'run as well as possible' though. Modern PC games might have upwards of two dozen settings and sliders to trade performance against different aspects of visuals; frame rate versus anti-aliasing versus texture quality versus HDR... If you care, then arriving at the best setting for your own preferences and your computer is very challenging. Much more so than getting free memory up through autoexec.bat tuning because the surface area of adjustments is so much greater.
Oh do come on Doc. Pretty much all PC games configure themselves incredibly well out of the box on auto-detect these days, and they have done for quite some time. (Plus they all recognise and use a 360 pad that's plugged in.)
Yes the determined geek such as myself can fettle and tweak to their heart's content should they wish to, but for 99% of people, 99% of the time, it's just a case of install and play.Just getting a game to run at all
could be a monumental struggle back in the DOS days, are you really saying that buying, installing, and playing a game via Steam is 'very challenging' compared to that?
As markg has already said, I honestly can't remember the last time a PC game gave me any hassle, or at the very least, no more than my 360 does with the console wanting to update itself and then the game wanting to update itself and then the entire fucking dashboard having changed since I last used it so I can't fucking find anything.