My preferred and exclusive gaming platform is PC. When I was a child and young adult, I played on consoles exclusively. It wasn’t until my early twenties when I was able to afford non-toasters that I started playing on my computer far more than on consoles. Role-playing games such as the Dragon Warrior and Final Fantasy series were replaced with EverQuest and the like. I eventually sold all of my old systems on eBay. Perhaps the historical turning point was the day the local video game shop I regularly frequented went out of business. I bought and rented from them quite a bit. When they closed their doors, they took the $60 I had given them for a Dragon Warrior IV pre-order with them. Nowadays, I have emulators for pretty much every system on my PC. I probably have a good 20-30 savestates for DW4 in my NES directory. Love that game.
What I like about playing on a PC is the tactility and immediacy of communication. Playing with a controller and having to use a separate keyboard to communicate (or in-game typing tools with a controller) feels like a pale imitation of the real thing. I’d say things like this – or others would – in our conversations with a co-worker who was a diehard and very skilled console player. We went through the usual back-and-forth, sometimes bitterly, sometimes rationally, until we got to the point where we had worked together long enough that we simply agreed to disagree about certain things. Console versus PC was one of them.
These days, that dialectic is not a thing in my mind. It doesn’t exist. There are people out there who play console FPS games with their controller sensitivity settings on ultra and do just fine. I prefer to use a mouse and a keyboard to control my avatars and interact with the world. Laterally mousing my way through corridors is as natural to me as stick-thumbing your way through them is to you. It’ll probably be that way for the rest of my gaming life.