I have always liked gaming with my brother. When the PS4 was announced, I persistently prodded him to buy the console so we could continue to play games together.
It was the winter of 2013 and I had pre-ordered my PS4 and gotten it at launch. A month later, while I was up north visiting family for Christmas, I finally wore him down and he ordered one off Amazon. When it arrived, he hooked it up and I told him he should absolutely download Resogun because it was so much fun.
I had played Resogun quite a bit from the get go, and had loved its arcade action and overwhelming amount of voxels.
Also, I just like the word, voxels.
When he booted up his brand new PS4, I knew what he was in for with Resogun. What I did not know, was what a really good sound system and a big a** television could do for a game.
Holy crap did I find out.
After all the initial updates and such, he got Resogun downloaded and ready to play. My partner and I were there in the room when he played it for the first time. And when I saw those voxels flying all over his giant television and heard that b*tchin’ music pounding out of his sound system, I was entranced. It took me back to the classic arcades of my youth and the incredible energy they had.
I had a major gaming MOMENT.
I immediately wanted a bigger television and some sort of sound system. It didn’t have to be fancy, but I wanted to be able to recreate that feeling.
So for weeks after we returned home from our trip, I researched televisions and sound systems. As I said before, I’m not fancy, and I wanted to find the sparest way to create the best sound. I did that with a highly rated (but inexpensive) speaker system that connected directly to the television (eliminating the need for a receiver), and a brand new television.
I researched the crap out of that television. And I negotiated a better price than was listed. As with all large purchases, I did my homework.
A lot of silliness later, the new setup was assembled and holy good gravy it was amazing. It still is amazing. I have to admit, I often don’t use the speaker system because it gets so loud, but the difference in my gaming experience is unreal. It made me appreciate the sound design of certain games that I’d never thought much about before. Destiny is one of the first that comes to mind. The sound design for that game is crisp. I’ve heard it through the Sony Gold headset, as well.
At the time, I felt like a ravenous and overzealous consumer for wanting a better setup; after all, none of those things was necessary to enjoy games. I would be a great big liar though if I said it didn’t enhance my experiences. I’m terribly grateful to be able to have those experiences at all.
With that I ask: has a particular game ever made you want a different/better setup? Have you bought a better television just for a game or a particular system? Or perhaps a better speaker system to enjoy all that audio goodness? I’d love to hear about it…no pun intended.