For the last six months or so I hadn’t been able to review any PC games because my gaming laptop had burst into tears when I tried to install a game on it. “I can’t take it anymore,” it said. “I wasn’t built for this you heartless prig! Take your mammoth games elsewhere!” In view of this protest I arranged for a gaming PC to be delivered and about a week or so ago it arrived. This was a good thing.
The bad thing was, it arrived in the middle of Call Of Duty: Black Ops and Kinect launching. This meant that my shiny new PC had to stand to one side, untouched, while I pranced about in the living room with virtual pets and rafts, and then cursed out everyone online in the CODBLOPS multiplayer for showing me up as the target practice dummy I become when I play that game.
The PC was stoic; it new this console nonsense couldn’t last too long and it bided its time.
It also made no protestations when I decided to boot it up and load on the biggest PC games I had lying about the house. I began by sticking on Starcraft 2 – the game which reduced my laptop to tears. The Gaming Rig snorted at me and installed that sucker in about twenty minutes flat. Impressed, I decided to load up World Of Warcraft. The last time I installed Blizzard’s MMORPG on a machine it took almost the entire weekend, so I must admit I was curious to see how long it would take a machine that had made the installation of SCII look as though it was consuming a mere cocktail onion.
I hit ‘install’ at 9:45pm. At 10:0pm, I took a picture of the screen – which you can see at the top of this post. At 11:45pm I decided it was time for bed (I’m sensible, see?) and left the beast running overnight. The following morning at about 8am, I was greeted with the screen below:
Not bad at all, eh? A two-day job compressed into a night’s work.
Now the real work begins:
1) Play and finish Starcraft 2 and review it.
2) Play World Of Warcraft and make sure I’m sufficiently leveled up for the arrival of Cataclysm on December 7th.
3) Play Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and review it.
4) Go to Los Angeles next week and look at a super secret game which is off the record, on the Q.T. and very hush hush.
5) Learn to friggin’ well bend time to accomplish 1) through 4).
I wish I had my Gaming PC’s speed!