When it comes to game consoles, there are few better and more varied platforms than the PC. And the PC is thought to have better graphics, superior performance, and more ways to get games at more affordable prices, which you can read more about in our TechoCrush blog post on PC performance for games. Ultimately, the PC trumps mobile gaming in that you’re able to sit comfortably with a larger screen, allowing for more detailed graphics and a wider experience of the in-game world. Also, on a PC, there’s less chance of somebody calling to interrupt the screen.
With all that in mind, what are the best types of games to play on the PC? Here are our 5:
Online poker has remained popular largely through its free-play games. Poker.org lists Zynga Poker, PlayWSOP, PlayWPT, and Replay Poker all as very reputable, pro-quality platforms that can be enjoyed online. Those platforms alone support millions of poker players. Throw in the slowly-but-surely expanding “real-money” poker scene in the U.S. as well, and you begin to see why it’s a category worth mentioning. Moreover, the game has been quickly becoming legal across states in which it was previously prohibited. Watch this online poker space.
Many of the console games best known on PlayStation, Xbox, or Nintendo are just as good on the PC. You’ll often find people who prefer using the PC for the likes of FIFA, where the online set-up is simple, practical, and fast. Many players set up separate large screens and monitors to enhance the experience and feel as though they’re kicking every ball with their avatars. The point is: all the best console games are no longer the sole privilege of the big console games. The PC more than holds its own in this space.
That’s quite a mouthful, although it stands for Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game. And unlike the console games above, these ones made their names on the PC. In 2004, World of Warcraft hit the net and made waves like nothing before. PC Gamer documents the history and unparalleled rise of the MMORPGs, whose digital worlds were like nothing we’d seen before, and continue to amaze us. The PC rules the roost when it comes to these avatar realms..
Slot and Betting Machines
PCs make for the ideal host for the arrays of slot and betting machines available online. Like with online poker, these are becoming legal across states and can be a great way to pass the time. Many slot games don’t require a download – you can just win it all (or lose it all) by browsing the websites. Otherwise, you can download some of the games with bigger engines on a platform such as Steam. In any case, as long as you’re winning more than you’re losing, then you can keep on playing into the early hours.
Flash Arcade Titles
OK, so we’re going a bit hipster for our final choice. But if you have an urge to step back in time through a nostalgia-fumed dream, and take on Kong, Space Invaders, and the rest of those 80’s monsters, then the PC is the best place to find them. Not only can you still find old-fashioned console games, such as Aladdin and Tetris, on the PC, but also the arcade games that mesmerized revelers in bars for years. For a trip down memory lane, see how Flash Game History has pieced together the history of these games, and how flash games influenced the PC and console games of today.