That title makes sense if you know that I use to sing, "you can call it thunderrrr" as the lyrics for "Go Your Own Way" by Fleetwood Mac until I saw the real lyrics in Rock Band.
The One Hour Steam Games Challenge boosted my PC gaming for quite some time. I had a lot of fun challenging myself to try out new games and write fun little reviews of them in an effort to knock out a bigger percentage of my library as "played". I am still going to continue that challenge...I've just been a little sidetracked.
Right before PAX, for completely random reasons that don't make a whole lot of sense, I started a new Xbox profile with the intention of abandoning my old one. I haven't deleted my old one yet, but I did spend a bit of time porting all of the licenses from it over to Beau's Xbox (mine likes to eat discs...a lot). I had forgotten how much stuff I had connected to it! So, I've been going through my game library again with my new profile and in a lot of cases finishing / playing through games that I never did with my old one.
It has been a lot of fun! I've been reminded how much I love playing console games on my Xbox. I converted to PC gaming after I started dating Beau seriously and I never really looked back. However, now I remember why I loved it so much and why I picked console over PC in the first place.
I know that PC games are cheaper. I know that you can build a gaming computer for the same amount of money as an Xbox. I know that PC games get better patches, have better graphics, etc. I know whatever it is point you're going to bring up about why PC gaming is superior.
I still love my Xbox more.
This is going to sound a bit fangirly, but Microsoft built this entire gaming experience around playing Xbox games. It just feels better to sit down with that giant ugly controller and mash buttons while little round notifications pop up and you get to hear the satisfying sound of an achievement being unlocked. It's fun to roll your joystick back and forth on your social tab and watch all the little avatars bounce up and down. On the Xbox I feel like I'm in a community and I feel like I'm connected to my friends much more closely than on Steam. Steam just feels so much colder when it comes to the social experience; and I don't think that's any kind of stretch to say since they are trying to fix that feeling with the new game and community pages.
I don't think that Valve is trying to lure console gamers; I agree with a comment that someone on my G+ stream said: they could very well be trying to get PC gamers use to consoles. That way when/if a Steam Box came out, it would be no large leap for their existing customers. And while I do think Valve could entice existing console gamers if they replicated the experience, I don't think they will. They're not trying to be the next big console gaming company. They're trying to come out with new toys for their existing, very large, PC gaming audience. As someone who loves her Xbox as much as playing FPSes on her PC, I, again, am not going to be their target audience.
Anyway, it might not seem that my main point was to tell you that I have been playing Fable 2 and it is awesome and that I am almost the Queen of Albion and that I am working on doing it with my fake husband 25 times so I can get a sexy and hilarious achievement, but it totally was.
Queen of Albion. What. Up.