PC wins Golden Joystick Award for ‘Ultimate Hardware of All Time,’ accepted by Gabe Newell

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It’s good to remind ourselves from time to time that video gaming of any form has only been around for about 50 years. The explosion of home electronics over the past half century has featured some amazing platforms on the way, from the Atari VCS and Colecovision through to the NES, PlayStation 2, and Nintendo Switch. But a tower above them as the ultimate hardware of all time revealed during today’s Golden Joystick Awards as the venerable, Immortal PC.

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The other platforms in the top five—PlayStation, PS4, Super NES, and PlayStation 2—are all worthy contenders, but let’s face it, the PC goes before and beyond them all. Seeing the PC as a single, unified unit is a hoax, yes, because contemporary PCs have almost as much in common with IBM’s revolutionary machine from 1982 as they do with table lamps, but with a basic, essential degree of experience. Nature—I have a keyboard, I have a monitor, I have a big, glowing box that works magic—is a common thread of legacy from then-to-now that binds it all together.

The award was accepted by Valve boss Gabe Newell, because of course it was, and I think he really nailed the award, while perhaps also being somewhat tongue-in-cheek, completely valid: ” Gamers and developers have benefited greatly from tireless innovation in PC gaming hardware,” Newell said in his brief acceptance speech.

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It’s true, and it’s a fact that is starting to reveal itself in some very interesting ways. PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X represent “most PC-like console” generation We’ve ever seen,” Sony and Xbox continue to release more of their former exclusives exclusively on Steam, with God of War starting in early 2022. The blurring lines between platforms, and the growing simplicity of PC gaming ( When was the last time you had to edit a .ini file to run a game?) The plug-and-play benefits that consoles once enjoyed have largely evaporated. We were right: the PC really won the console war.

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