Gray Matter


PC Gaming on Linux and Gaming in General

RT Cunningham | June 5, 2021 (UTC) | Computers, Recreation

PC gamingEvery once in a while, and usually years apart, I get the urge to play one PC game or another. It’s usually a case of nostalgia for a couple of very specific games. I have no desire to spend more time PC gaming than that.

My family and I enjoyed playing certain games on the original Nintendo consoles in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Since then I haven’t played a single console game of any kind, although I’ve watched quite a few being played by my children and grandchildren.

Is PC Gaming as Popular as Console Gaming?

I have no way of knowing without looking at statistics at one website or another, and I really don’t care to do that. In my household and my children’s households, consoles have always led the way. When both of my sons were growing up, they always had the latest and greatest consoles. I obviously lost track when they moved away.

The only ones I remember in my household were the Nintendo, Sega and Sony consoles (and only the Sony because my younger son lived at home far longer than he should have). My older son, Joe, prefers the Microsoft consoles for him and his children.

My oldest grandson, Joshua, wants to get involved with PC gaming. What bothers me is the game he wants to play on a PC is the same game he already plays on a console, Minecraft. He already has a PC capable of playing it, although the Windows 10 installation needs to be refreshed and the bloatware removed.

PC Gaming and Me

The oldest versions of Doom and Duke Nukem 3D are the only PC games I’ve actually played on the laptop computer I’m using now. And that’s only because I can play them with the keyboard and mouse - I don’t have to buy a joystick of any kind.

Recently, after reading about free Linux games at It’s Foss, I decided to install Steam and see if I could play the “Fishing Planet” game. After getting it to start up without the best graphics, I decided to remove the game and uninstall Steam. Perhaps I’ll return to both the platform and the game when I have more of a desire to follow through with it.

I actually have an ulterior motive for wanting to play a fishing game that teaches angling. I found a website, FishingTheSpot, which shows me where to go fishing near the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, itself right next to Olongapo, the city I live in (when I’m actually in the Philippines).

I’m just not into gaming of any kind enough to spend the amount of time required to fully experience one game or another. I once asked Joe how anyone could spend so much time playing the same game (notably Fortnite and Minecraft). He replied that he couldn’t understand how someone could spend so much time in front of a computer screen.

My younger son, Jon, wears the title of gamer like a badge of honor. He spends more time playing games than anything else, including sleep. He has a couple of gaming consoles as well as a VR headset. I’m sorry, but I don’t even have the patience to play one game on one device.

Photo Attribution: Justus from Pixabay

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