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When Uplay+ launched earlier this week, we actually ran a quick poll to see what everyone here on GD thought of it. The results were quite eye-opening. Uplay+, for the uninitiated, is a PC gaming service which grants subscribers access to a growing library of more than 100 Ubisoft titles. It’s basically every Ubisoft title available on PC, as well as all of its DLC. The $15 subscription also includes day one access to the ultimate editions of upcoming titles such as Ghost Recon Breakpoint and Watch Dogs Legion.
Currys PC World, of all places, put together a pretty interesting analysis on diversity in gaming. Long seen as the hobby of spotty teenage boys living in their parent’s spare bedroom, gaming has busted out over the past two decades and become a globally appreciated medium for people of all backgrounds, genders, and ethnicities.
We’re still not entirely sure how Gearbox can lurch so magnificently from mega-success (Half-Life, Borderlands) to abject failure (Battleborn, Duke Nukem, Aliens: Colonial Marines) but they’ve always been a curiously unpredictable bunch. What is entirely predictable, however, is Borderlands 3’s success. At this point, the reviews barely matter. Borderlands 3 is going to fly off the shelves by the million through brand recognition alone.
The motherboard may steal the maternal name but the graphics card is arguably the core of any gaming PC these days. It's a computer in and of itself, designed for the purpose of running the resource hungry visual aspects of the modern game; therefore freeing the rest of the computer up to do what it needs to do, such as grabbing information from hard drives, connecting to the internet and passing data around, or crunching numbers that aren't related to the visuals and so on.
When we recently discussed what your price limit is on a new PC build, the majority of us said around $1000-1500. Of course a number of GD’ers said they would go above that, with a reasonable quantity of us saying $2000. But even more expressed that they would actually spend below $1K on a new gaming PC build.
With the race to 4K leaving us dizzy and rather poorer than we’d intended, monitor and TV manufacturers need to dig deeper into the ever-shrinking list of reasons why we should upgrade our displays. You see, once you’ve got a fantastic 4K telly, what the heck are they going to sell you next? 8K’s coming eventually of course, but there’s a dearth of content and we’re truly, deeply into the quandary of diminishing returns. 
There have been efforts to police how we play online, but for the most part we’re left to do whatever’s possible within the ruleset of a game. Teabagging isn’t in Rainbow Six Siege by design but crouching is a gameplay feature which some have simply bent to their will.
When it comes to just about any device, we probably turn them off when we’re done with them. I don’t keep the oven on forever just in case I need to pop in an emergency pie. You probably don’t keep your telly on 24/7 either, bathing your front room in a static glow for eternity. PCs are a little bit different though. They’ve morphed into the hub through which we can do practically anything.
Gaming’s a hobby we presumably all love, but it can also be a very time consuming one. Tons of games these days are dozens of hours long, invite us to check in on weekly events and updates, or give us our multiplayer gaming fix. We’re probably all a little different in how much gaming we do a week, and how we fit it in, but depending on your lifestyle, some games are clearly more suited than others.
Plenty of video games come and go, and I suspect most of us buy plenty more than we ever get around to playing. It’s all too easy to build up a monstrous library of cheap games, particularly on PC, but actually finding time to play them all is a different matter.
PC gaming as a hobby can be as expensive or as cheap as you’ll like. While consoles are often pointed to as the cheap and cheerful options, it’s certainly possible to buy or build a PC for $250 and have access to a library of thousands of classics stretching across decades of gaming history. If you want to play the latest AAA blockbusters there are clearly going to be some extra costs involved but in terms of getting in and getting a PC up and running, PC gaming can be dirt cheap.

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