You know, MOST of us came from PC's. Even me with my ancient PC. Consoles didn't start at the 360, so I'm answering too.
o What reasons did you have for purchasing the XBOX 360?
XBOX. My PC was getting too old to play games and I'd already gotten tired of driver issues, learning how to set up a game properly for performance vs graphics and a batch of cheaters in MS Combat Flight Sim had already killed off online gaming for me. I've have an Atari 2600, Sega Genesis and PS1, none of which required "homework" to get a game to work.
However, the main driving factor was cost. I had a killer PC when it was new. It got old FAST. I upgraded what I could, but it got to the point that if I wanted to game on it that I was simply going to have to buy another one. For gaming, that was going to be pricey--I know it's possible to "build a gaming PC for $500" but it's not realistic for everyone, like me. And then I knew I'd still have my PC gaming headaches...have to continue to upgrade...it just wasn't worth it.
The Xbox was there, it was practically a gaming PC...had a lot of good games (still does)...problem solved. Games were CUSTOM MADE for that hardware, to maximize that hardware---not for some unknown level of PC gaming hardware. No worries that it wouldn't work. The console would be good for a few years with no upgrading and at less start up cost. Perfect.
o Was the purchase worth it? Should you have tried XBOX 360 sooner?
Yes, although I wasn't online for a year or so. I wish I'd gotten the Xbox at release though, and gotten online earlier too.
o Do you see PC vs. Console debates differently now? If so, how?
My views are stronger towards console than they were years ago, with the development of that hardware and bringing Live into the mix. To me, new consoles are simply gaming computers with matched hardware now.
o Have you tried XBOX 360 ranked and public matches? How are they different than PC?
I'll abstain since I had limited exposure to online PC games---and it wasn't good.
o Is the average player on XBOX 360 what you expected?
No, when I first got online. Playing Halo2 it was MUCH worse than I expected. Having played PC games onilne some before, i was used to cheaters, but now the cheaters had comms to be even more obnoxious, even if they couldn't cheat as effectively. I doubt there's much difference, just that with the 360 you HEAR everyone whereas with a PC not everyone uses voice comms.
o Have you been able to find mature adult gamers online?
Obviously, at 2Old and similar sites. Also I've had good public rooms in GR, Rainbow, AA and similar games that at least somewhat appeal to an older audience. Plenty of bad eggs out there, but with the games that I like, there are a lot of other adults like me playing them too.
o Are your XBOX friends characteristically different from PC friends? If so, how?
o Are you finding that you can have the same kind of game experience on the XBOX 360 that you had in PC gaming? If not, how does it differ?
By game experience, I assume that means overall. PC's were frustrating, with needing to upgrade hardware, locate game patches, driver updates and then to find a game server that was working properly...With Live, I haven't had technical issues other than setting up a router.
PC games offer more games that fit my taste of games, but it just isn't worth it.
o Please comment on the convenience (or inconvenience) of the 360.
I never liked keyboard and mouse, but I did like my force feedback flight stick (actual force feedback, not just vibration) which is a type of controller, obviously. I ended up trying out controllers. The Xbox offered the best controller I've ever seen, lending itself perfectly to shooters with it's triggers and the vibration feature adds a LOT to a game. Plug and play, just drop a game in. No hardware to buy, no drivers, just an occasional game update. I have yet to find a game that wouldn't play just dropping it in though, unlike some PC games. Much more convenient to use and quicker to get to gaming.
o With crossover titles like the Ghost Recon seriesâ€¦..are tactics, camaraderie, and fun different on the 360?
n/a to me, didn't play PC games like this
o Do you miss the availability of â€œmodsâ€ and user content?
Hell no. Mods are about 2" away from being cheats. There is no guarantee that whatever the "mod" is fits with the intent of the game developer. Such as the F16 with sidewinders that I ran into in MS Combat Flight Sim---a WWII game. I don't trust user content at all.
o If you have purchased download content, how do you feel about the purchase? Was it worth it? Are you comfortable with pay-for content added to games in this way?
Love it, have been happy with it so far. Even bought DLC for COD2 when it was just a gamefly rental. It's like "mod content" but it comes from a reliable source (the developer) and will fit with the intent of the game. I don't expect it to be free, and it's worth it to me for security and quality purposes to be buying from the developer instead of some nameless hacker creating game content (with unknown content) for free.
o If you find that you rarely play the PC any more, what do you miss about PC gaming? (other than the people that didnâ€™t switch)
There aren't nearly enough "serious fun" games on the console. I LOVED the Mech Assault games. They were about big robot tanks, but it was taken seriously and treated as a sim of something that doesn't exist. I miss that. Clearly the PC has more realistic shooters as well--such as America's Army, which is on it's 5th version now I believe. There are other titles too that we're missing out on with the console. What we do have is very good, but we need game developers to recognize that there IS a market for these "serious fun" games on the console. GR and Rainbow combine realism with a good dash of arcade. Plenty of arcade games. I need more on the other end of the spectrum, with less arcade.
o How would you describe the level of cheating and glitching on the 360? Please compare it to the level of cheating and glitching you find on PC games.
From my limited experience on the PC, I can still see that cheating on the Xbox and 360 is a fraction of what it is on the PC. However, you're more likely to run into people DOING IT in public rooms if there is room for a glitch to be exploited. Fortunately, most are not "trumping" cheats, but simple wall glitches and such, not cheats along the line of what I've heard with PC games where the game might be wide open to manipulation.
o For â€œshootersâ€ specifically, please provide conclusions on controlling your character with the controller instead of keyboard/mouse.
Keyboard/mouse is not only clumsy to me, but uncomfortable. Feels like I'm at work due to the input devices, but also the need to sit at the computer. Movement is confined, unlike a controller where you can move freely--even if wired. Hands on a controller are turned at a more natural angle, making grasping for longer times more comfortable. I have not seen a keyboard/mouse combo that offered any type of vibration or force feedback feature, which adds dimension to games.
I can use a keyboard with the 360 for sending text messages, but use the controller---a custom built gaming input device--for games. Also important to note that keyboard/mouse vs controller is NOT merely a PC vs console discussion. There are hundreds of controllers for PC games, since many PC gamers prefer that. The 360 controller itself can be used this way.
The Xbox/360 controller is built for shooters, IMO, by using triggers, not just buttons, which makes playing a shooter on the console feel very natural. I prefer the Xbox controller to the 360, but both add tremendously to the gaming experience--more so than keyboard/mouse would or even another controller for that matter.
o Do you still play a lot of PC games?
I will sometimes put in some older games that I have, and recently bought some original Rainbow Six and Ghost Recon games. However, I can't get the Ghost Recon games to work now, after formatting my HD and reloading upated drivers, due to some unknown graphic/video issues. Go figure. :