Read Play Blog #3 – Preferred Gaming Platform

September 16, 2014 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | Features, Gaming, Read Play Blog

Read Play Blog 2

Read Play Blog is a meme about video games and books, posted every 16th of the month. Bloggers are encouraged to answer a discussion question, and recommend a video game that is similar to a book they liked. Hosted by Happy Indulgence Books & Read Me Away.

Read Play Blog is back for another month of gaming! This month’s question is:

What is your preferred gaming platform? 

Here’s an old pic of my PC setup, which is pretty much the same except with a Razer mouse, a dead 2nd screen and a messier desk and no curtains XD

I am a PC gamer through and through, from upgrading my comp every few years, to being able to play the latest and greatest games on my graphics card and even building my own computer from scratch! PC is where I was introduced to the world of gaming way back in the time of those own Pentium 4’s which had 256mb of storage haha.

I love playing games on my PC because they are a lot cheaper than on console (I LOVE STEAM), and I’m used to the keyboard and mouse. There’s a lot more variety when it comes to the games you can get as they aren’t just restricted to console releases. The best thing is that I can multitask while gaming as well, by switching out of my game to look up walkthroughs or FAQs.

I have also made the best gaming friends through the MMGN PC Gaming community, who I pretty much dub my internet family. We’ve had lots of fun gaming adventures through playing Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress 2, Battlefield 3 and whatever else comes up.

My Recommendation: Left 4 Dead 2


Left 4 Dead is my favourite shooter game ever – because I love zombies as well, and the gameplay on this is so much fun! You can even play 4 types of zombies which each have their different ways of attacking – going in as a fat gurgly Boomer and spewing blinding on everyone is so much fun. I’ve clocked up over 400 hours alone on Left 4 Dead 1 and 2 with no regrets.

It’s great to play with a group of friends (up to 4 co-operative or 8 versus) because of the teamwork and the competition involved. As a girl gamer, I’ve encountered some pretty darn nasty elitist/sexist behaviour but Left 4 Dead probably has the least, which is why I’ve stayed on it for so long.

Also if you buy it on Steam, the uncut version has just passed classification in Australia. It’s available on Xbox 360 as well, but it’s so much funner on PC with all the mods and custom maps you can apply and the massive community.

Currently Playing: The Sims 4


I have played every single Sims game and I remember when The Sims 2 came out right when I was getting my own computer when I told a friend that “I wanted the cheapest computer built just to play The Sims 2” lol! I bought The Sims 3 when it came out as well but didn’t play it for long, I think I got distracted quickly with other new releases and I never really got into the rest of the expansions, which arguably is the best part about the varied Sims universe.

I’m really enjoyed The Sims 4 at the moment, especially with the new emotions and the easier way to build your lots. It really is a fun game for anyone, even non-gamers to enjoy to live our your fantasies and to build your own worlds! I just love everyone’s individual stories that comes out of it. I do recommend it, although if you’re a big Sims 3 fan, you’d probably have a lot to adjust to after coming back to a bare bones game.

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Jeann is an Aussie YA blogger and mum who loves to read and recommend books! You can usually find me fangirling about books on my various social media channels including Twitter @happyindulgence, Instagram and Youtube.

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28 responses to “Read Play Blog #3 – Preferred Gaming Platform

  1. Building a proper gaming desktop has been one of my dreams for a while. I'm also trying to justify my purchase by saying that a second screen would help me A LOT with work and school. 😛 But we all know that I really want the second screen for gaming purposes, haha! 😀

    BLESS STEAM AND THEIR SALES! It's just so tempting to pick up a game when the price is like halved or something. Steam has been the cause of many many impulse buys, I bet. I'm so happy you recommended Left 4 Dead 2! I absolutely LOVE that game, which is saying a lot because I'm so terrified of horror games. I can stand L4D2's horror because I'm playing it with friends. Have you seen the comics that go along with the games?
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    • Oh my gosh I totally forgot about the comics, thanks for the reminder! I'll have to check them out. I did have a second screen but it died 🙁 it would be useful for work and stuff but for gaming, you can't really do much seeing as gaming is mostly full screen. Steam is so good, I got tomb raider for $11 at the last sale!

  2. First game I played was Sonic on an oldschool handheld Sega.

    First game I LOVED was Final Fantasy 7 in the 3rd grade.

    I'm strictly console now, I played MMORPG in high school and it sucked my life, so I don't stay with computers that often (Sims is an exception to that rule). I love PS1&2, Gameboy color, advanced, sp–Now Nintendo DSXL, I love Wii, and currently playing the Mass Effect series on Xbox360 🙂 with Skyrim on the side.

    Basically stuff that you didn't mention, lol. BUT I DO LOVE SIMS and I do love Left for Dead too (I just play it on Xbox) 😀
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    • Oh yes Final Fantasy was a good one to fall into and get addicted to! Console has some really good games plus you don't have the internet and stuff to distract you on the side lol. I love Mass Effect and Skyrim, I'm playing Skyrim at the moment as well!

  3. As you know, I don't game regularly. But when I do get the chance… I love PC and PS3. DS is good too! (That was my childhood, as well as Wii!) I find that there are much better games on PC! The only way I've played The Sims was through my phone… Does that count? xD

  4. Haha glad to hear you love the Sims, it is so much fun! The Sims 3 would be cheaper and be a more complete game with all of the expansions, but if you are interested in the newest Sims and the emotions and better building, I would say go for that one.

  5. Yup, I used to play games on the PS2 (FFX), DS/3DS, N64 as well. But nowadays, I mostly stick to PC and my DS although even that is getting abandoned. I love the games on the PS3 though, they get really good exclusives. I own medieval sims but I never broke it out – how was it? Indie games are great and I love supporting them on the PC 🙂

    • The Sims medieval was fun at first and they have different classes like the magic user and bard to play, which was a nice twist. But after a while it got a bit repetitive as you had to collect a lot of different things and it just got a bit boring after a while. But still it was a nice and original twist to have it take place in medieval times and it was fun as long as it lasted.

      I hardly ever play on my ps3 anymore, while it's still my favourite console. I am still in the middle of a Ratchet and Clank game, which I never finished as I forgot about it when my schedule got more busy. Maybe I'll pick it up soon again!
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  6. I love your whole PC setup! I think I would also be a PC gamer, but PC games don't work very well on laptops, so that's going to have to wait until later. And I also have a mac for now (NO SIMS 4 ARGH), but I'm planning to buy a desktop when I'm older. For now I will be sticking to my PS3, which I can get super cheap games if I wait long enough 😀

    I wanna play sims 4 ;_;

    I've also never played Left 4 Dead, which is fine because I HATE ZOMBIES.
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    • Thanks Val, pretty much the reason why I've never had a laptop (although I did have a eeePC, those disappeared after a while). Glad to hear PS3 works for you though, and yes – if you hate zombies, I don't recommend the game lol!

  7. Rou Min Tan

    I love gaming but am not as hard core as some of my friends. Growing up i didnt have a computer but i did share a gameboy advance with my brother and all we played were mario and harvest moon.

    For pc i love l4d2 and portal2 ! one of the first few games i played when i first got my pc though over the last couple of years i have been leaning more towards playstation since my dorm has them in the common rooms. my fav games from the ps3 are the uncharted series, last of us and beyond two souls.

    There was also a pc game called gone home that i played last year. definitely one of my fav pc game of all time

    • Oh I remember sharing GBAs with friends, it was so fun playing Mario back then and taking turns hehe. I loved Harvest Moon as well, it was a great farming and life sim game. YAY I am so glad you love L4D2 and Portal 2! Sounds like my kind of gamer! I need to get into PS3 and Xbox games, I bought The Last of Us and Heavy Rain but haven't played them yet. I'm just not used to the controller lol.

      I played Gone Home as well – did you discover the ghost secret? It was a great story.

  8. Oh god I am the last person who should be commenting on this post since I have absolutely nothing to input becasue I am not a gamer! lOL—as much as I wish I could say I were i'm just not one 🙁 I do enjoy planning Sims though (making them get married and have kids was always the funnest) LOL!
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    • Lol that's alright, there are many different types of games that you could enjoy including The Sims 🙂 LOL Definitely, plus each new Sims game that comes out there's lots of new additions.

  9. I am wondering have you ever played games on another concolse as the pc? And if yes which games? Nowadays I mostly game on the pc, although it's still not yet my favourite gaming platform, it's a close second. And I gotten used to the keyboard and mouse by now. And indeed there's a big variety of games on the pc, bigger then on any other console and I like the fact that you can also buy indie games for the pc and sometimes they are really cheap.

    I am looking forward to play Sims 4! I probably won't get it soon, but maybe for the next holiday. I always enjoyed the previous sims games, although I never got any of the expensions. I even played a medieval sims for while.
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  10. lol I didn't even realise that Sims 4 was out already. I should definitely get it soon…

    I'd say I prefer PC for most games. It's just easier to aim and things when shooting, and it just feels like you have a lot more control over the movements of the character (esp for 1st person POV).

    I kind of like the simplicity of the DS too, though, especially for games like Pokemon.
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    • So exciting Nara I am loving it already 🙂 Although I wish the expansions were part of it too. I totally agree it's so much easier, I love the DS as well, especially some of the games on there like Phoenix Wright and Layton 😀

  11. I remember the first ever video game I played when I was 7…Prince of Persia on a PC! I tend to jump back and forth with consoles, so I can't say I have a fave but I do enjoy those dancing games so before, my Wii was my best friend LOL.

    And I haven't played The Sims in forever! I'll check the PS3 version 🙂 I miss you Jeann!!! I need to be part of this meme! Hopefully next week! Grad school's been kicking my ass lately O.o
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    • Oh my gosh I loved that game so much, that was one I played when I was young too hehe. Dancing games are so good, have you tried Dance Central on the Xbox 360? I always loved DDr as well hehe. I miss you Amir, I look forward to hearing what you've been up to!