October 26, 2021

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PC gaming is booming right now, but where does it go from here?

PC gaming has had a turbulent history. It gained popularity following the video game crash of 1983, an event caused by an overabundance of consoles and poor-quality games, and despite losing popularity again in the 1990’s thanks to a console comeback from the likes of the original Sony Playstation and Nintendo 64, PC gaming has successfully regained a stable place in the global market that’s only anticipated to keep growing.

If you feel out of touch and want to find out what’s currently considered ‘cool’, ask a kid what they want to be when they grow up. Two decades ago you’d likely get an answer like a footballer, actor or in my case, a paleontologist, and when we retrospectively look back it isn’t hard to see why. Popular athletes’ were plastered across almost every marketable product and dinosaurs were being bought to life (digitally speaking) by state-of-the-art CGI on TV and the big screen.

In my lifetime though, I’ve seen the answer to that question change dramatically (thanks to my small tribe of younger siblings), and while the usual mainstay replies of doctor, athlete, and scientist still appear in surveys, kids are now increasingly likely to pursue a career in being a professional gamer, YouTuber, or streamer. While the latter two don’t necessarily correlate to just gaming, popular streaming and gaming influencers like Markiplier, Dream, and Ninja have won the hearts of children who watch their content, and understandably want to emulate their heroes. 

Media shot of Fortnite streamer Ninja

(Image credit: ESPN)

In fact, these days you’ll see worlds collide when it comes to video gaming, particularly when the PC gaming community is involved. From politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez playing Among Us with some of the biggest streamers on Twitch, to actor Henry Cavill recording himself building his personal rig, the exclusive and expensive world of gaming PCs and laptops is gaining new members daily.