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Initial post: May 5, 2012 2:06:15 PM PDT

"Jon Peddie Research estimates there are 54 million Performance and Enthusiast class PC gamers worldwide, with new entrants and console converts bolstering this to 72 million by 2015

The recession is winding down and the Enthusiast and Performance class PC gamers (those who spend over $1000 on equipment) have spoken...with their wallets. With chips from AMD, Intel, and Nvidia, new machines from Alienware, HP, Lenovo and others, components and accessories from companies like ASUS, EVGA, Corsair, Logitech, and MadCatz, and new games in the pipe like Far Cry 3, BioShock Infinite, Crysis 3, ARMA 3, rFactor 2, and Interstellar Marines, the financial engine of the world's most elite gaming platform is fully fueled and will drive the global market to $32 billion by 2015."

There's more to the article but you get the idea. What do the hatters think about this?

Posted on May 5, 2012 2:23:19 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 5, 2012 2:24:11 PM PDT
J. says:
This hatter's Angus is peppered because they mentioned ARMA 3, rFactor 2, and Interstellar Marines, and not D3.



Posted on May 5, 2012 2:25:18 PM PDT
M. says:
Cool estimates bro.

Posted on May 5, 2012 2:43:32 PM PDT
JJ4prez says:
Love my new rig I built. However, I didn't spend 1000+ on parts... lol

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2012 3:08:22 PM PDT
FV says:
I becomes annoying that PC gaming is associated with spending money we don't need to be spending. In some part, I feel the idea of having to spend over a certain amount of money fuels the haters, when clearly that is not the case at all. JJ posted about it above me, but he was able to build a rig far above PS3 and 360 capabilities for only $600.

Posted on May 5, 2012 3:13:52 PM PDT
Good to hear, but I'm curious. How often does one have to spend $1k+ to be an enthusiast?

Posted on May 5, 2012 3:37:40 PM PDT
C. B. WIGLE says:
Define "pc enthusiast."
In many cases, not until it breaks; i.e. like every 4 to 5 years.

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2012 3:41:37 PM PDT
Xavier 7 says:
I wonder if that correlates with any sort of rise in PC game piracy/downloads.

Posted on May 5, 2012 3:54:37 PM PDT
C.W. says:
I would love to build a rig, but am worriesd about controller support. Do pretty much all games support controllers now?

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2012 3:56:16 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 5, 2012 3:56:47 PM PDT
vishock says:
most do now, yes. but its up to the developers to include it in the controls.

Posted on May 5, 2012 4:34:03 PM PDT
I use a DualShock 3 with a lot of the games I play. You can get a controller to work with just about any game if you're willing to do some configuration.

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2012 4:41:23 PM PDT
FV says:
Usually, yes. The wired 360 controller connects straight to the PC. The wireless one requires an adapter, but is still plug and play. All you have to do is map the buttons if the game doesn't already do so. You can also use any one of Logitech's controllers if you prefer the PS3 style controller. You may also find yourself comfortable going mouse and keyboard. Don't let something so simple hold you back if you really want to build a PC.

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2012 4:45:17 PM PDT
FV says:
I primarily use mouse and keyboard, but I tired my PS3 controller for my PC and I didn't find it to work any better than a Logitech controller I had. You also need third party drivers and motion in joy and it doesn't always work. I love the Dualshock controller, but it's not really useful for PC.

Posted on May 5, 2012 5:04:58 PM PDT
raul says:
Still running on my 6 year pc. With a 9800gt and it eats eveyrything i trow at it even bf3 at medium settings and i spend $560 for it. upgrading soon after 6 years.

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2012 5:14:02 PM PDT
I don't use MotionInJoy (don't trust it, it connects to Chinese ad servers). I use some Japanese guy's homebrew drivers and an old version of x360ce. It works great for my needs.

Posted on May 5, 2012 5:20:45 PM PDT
I should add that I don't recommend buying a DS3 just for this purpose because it is tricky to get it working. Definitely buy a Logitech or 360 wired controller for easiest application. My point was just that you can use almost any piece of hardware with your PC.

For software support, some games automatically change HUD icons to 360 icons if it detects a 360 controller, so that's the absolute easiest. Not all games do that, but most will at least let you map generic joystick/gamepad axes and buttons to game functions. The worst games are the ones that don't recognize gamepads at all, but even then you can use something like Joytokey or Xpadder to map the gamepad controls how you want. I've done this to play even Flash web games.

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2012 5:29:37 PM PDT
C.W. says:

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2012 5:30:12 PM PDT
C.W. says:
Thanks for the info! I cannot stand mouse and keyboard. I've tried numerous times and I just can't do it.

Posted on May 5, 2012 6:03:21 PM PDT
John McClane says:
I was a PC gamer long before it became elitist and cool. The only draw then was online gaming and consoles have that now.

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2012 6:07:42 PM PDT
I like m/k for FPS and strategy games, but I always reach for a controller for platforming or racing games. Third-person shooters also feel natural with the controller (been playing Dead Space 2 this way).

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2012 6:08:40 PM PDT
Man, to be really old school you had to start playing PC games when online play didn't even exist.

Posted on May 5, 2012 6:10:11 PM PDT
Gamblor says:
Like many people, the first PC game I bought was Wolf 3D (I think the first game I ever played was Swashbuckler...?). Old-school, but not the oldest school.

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2012 6:11:03 PM PDT
C.W. says:
My first video game ever was the Apple II edition of:

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2012 6:11:39 PM PDT
C.W. says:
Awesome and awesome! My favorite as a kid was Commander Keen and all of those sweet Apogee titles.

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2012 6:14:48 PM PDT
FV says:
I've found the Dirt series to be pretty doable with a keyboard, but yeah racing games demand at least a controller. Driving Wheels are best, but they are also pricey. I'd say that is the downside with Logitech controllers. No pressure sensitive buttons, so it makes it a little more difficult to play racing games with precision compared to the dualshock. I wonder if the pressure sensitivity would be implemented since it's PC.
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