I came across this thread and it made me think "wow, I really don't play PC games anymore". I started to think why this has become the case and I came up with a few reasons. Let me just say that when Medal of Honor, Call of Duty and Battlefield 1942 (and Desert Combat) were in their prime, I rarely played games on my xbox that weren't sports. In fact, I remember playing MOHAA online until the sun came up a number of times. Those games were great. They had their drawbacks too. The cheating was a big one for me. It became so rampant that I would no longer try to find games without cheaters, I would just deal with it as part of the game. Some of the cheating was not "modding" but just buggy software. People would constantly be able to get underneath maps or shoot through walls or take advantage of other glitches to ruin the game. The constant patch updates also became annoying. That's not to say that this kind of behavior does not exist on consoles, but it is so much less prevalent. While it's not cheating, the other thing about PC gaming that creates an unbalanced playing field is the fact that not everyone is playing on the same platform. One system may be able to play a game with all of the graphics turned up, presenting the maximum amount of visual cues while another system would be so choppy as to be almost unplayable. That leads to the fact that in order to keep up with the latest games, an investment of roughly $3000 would be needed to purchase a decent gaming system and as my computer aged, I began to question whether that was worth it or not when the alternative was $2500 less expensive.
Other issues I had with PC games were that they were just to complicated and frustrating at times. Things like not being able to voice chat with your team mates without awkward add on programs like Roger Wilco took some of the fun out of team play. Not being able to join friends easily in Battlefield became a huge drawback. Having to change DMZ and other network settings on routers and firewalls almost made hosting games more complicated then the hassle was worth. Of course, theres always the windows operating system that all of these games work through that would inevitably freeze up at the worst possible times. Also, I'd grow grey hair by the time my pc loaded, then the game loaded, and then that map loaded.
I'm sure some of these problems have since been made easier but with consoles, the convenience is just too appealing, and on the Xbox 360 Live, joining, hosting and meeting with friends is made simple and efficient. Do the latest PC games look better then the latest console games? Maybe. How much do you have to spend to own a PC to run those games at the resolution and with all the goodies turned up to match the consoles? Do I miss the keyboard and mouse playing FPS games. I'm not going to lie, hell yeah I do but you know what? You get used to the controller and at least I know that no one is binding keys to strafe and lean and run at the same time
I'd sure miss those good old Medal of Honor days a lot more if I didn't spend all my time playing Gears of War till the sun comes up.