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Windows 8 really isn't that bad from what I have experienced

8/2/12 2:00pm
tl;dr

If you just poke around and experiment with Windows 8, you'll find that it's not as bad as everybody thinks it is.  Honestly!

Most of you PC gamers probably hate Windows 8 by now as much as you hate EA Origin.  Hell, even Gabe and Blizzard came out and said "Screw Windows 8".  And because they're the 2 most important icons in PC gaming, they're actually saying something about Windows 8 that gamers need to listen to.

Well, I'm here to "actually something about Windows 8 that gamers need to listen to."  Windows 8 ISN'T THAT BAD.  Here's why:

  • It's faster.  Seriously.  Maybe not in games themselves, but I just installed the Windows 8 Release Preview on my slow as hell laptop, and though I did choose to keep my files from Windows 7, it now runs as slick as butter.
  • There are shortcuts to get to basic settings in the desktop.  Things like Personalization and Control Panel...Those can be accessed by putting the cursor at (or dragging your finger from) the bottom right corner of the screen, then clicking/tapping Settings.
  • You can still play your games.  Something that really baffled me when I read the story that Gabe didn't want to support Windows 8 was the fact that he most likely forgot that Steam runs just fine, and that the Windows Store won't get in the way of Valve's business.  I mean, just look at Mac.  It has an app store.  Valve supports the platform.  So why does Valve not want to support Windows 8?
  • The Metro UI is fine.  It may not be what gamers want to see when they turn on their systems, but have ANY of you forgotten that you can just leave it running on the Desktop for all of eternity?  You don't HAVE to jump back and forth so much between it and the Desktop, you know.
  • It's $40.  Finally, Microsoft takes a note from Apple's playbook....by not charging so much for the upgrade.  (Until January 2013, that is)  And if you don't want to install it, why not buy it but just not install it until whenever the hell you want?
  • It's pretty.  Hell, there are a lot of UI elements that look BETTER than Windows 7, even though the addition of a lock screen (which you can customize, BTW) is one of them.

And that's about all I can think of right now.   But I want to know what YOUR thoughts on Windows 8 are.  Do you love/hate Windows 8?  Will you be buying the upgrade during the $40 window?  Will you be gaming on it if you do so?  Let me know in the comments below.

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