Playing also pretty much solidified [claims of solidification subject to quick change] my desire to forgo the whole smear of next generation consoles for a video card upgrade in my PC. Right now I'm using Radeon Xpress integrated video, which is actually surprisingly good. WoW runs great, better than my iBook at least (wow, eh?), Doom 3 "runs", and I can nearly play GTA without major incident. Yet there are times where I wish I could see more detail in WoW, really play Doom, and not have GTA slow down to a crawl at random times puttering around town (much less when there's action).
As let's face it -- many of today's "must-have" games, from GTA to Madden to MMORPGs to the newest first-person shooters (I'd like to pick up a version of Half-Life episodes right now) are either WinPC compatible or WinPC exclusives. I know Matt cringes when he hears of Windows gaming, but even before the big "Gaming on Windows" initiative, I believe I'm back to drinking the Kool-Aid. For less than the price of a PS3, you can have one pretty good gaming rig, and it does, especially for us would-be coders, quite a bit more than an Atari+DVD player. In some sense, it seems to boil down to if I'd rather play Resident Evil or Half-Life, especially since I already have everything but the video card sitting right next to me now.
My only fear is a forced Vista upgrade in the not too distant future. That'd be painful. The Pax Microsoftiana brought on by stagnant developments in both OS- and IE/browser- lands have given us smooth and cost-free access to the latest in PC gaming tech (DirectX, etc) for nearly seven years.
Apparently this was expected: *cringe*
Moving on, I have good news. You no longer have to choose between Half-life 2 and Resident Evil 4. Get HL2 now and play the later episode(s) and then this fall you can play Resident Evil 4 when Ubisoft brings out the Windows port!
Now drink up that Kool-Aid.
the only must have games coming out for pc any time soon (for me) are
Bio Shock and Spore.
I'd rather have both of those for the Wii =) , but i will install windows on my soon to be mac book pro to be able to play them.
It takes all types I suppose. As far as MMORPG's are concerned, the only thing that's even remotely interested me is City of Heroes / City of Villains. But i'm betting that has to do with that 'thing' i have for spandex (damn you comic books)
/me has been happily windows free for 8 years now. kthnx =)