Desktop Gaming: Pakistan v The World

Over the past couple of years, the world of desktop gaming has evolved at a rapid pace. As powerful PC components are released, this opens up new opportunities for game developers to create more, and better content. The world of online gaming is constantly changing for the better, with the ever increasing availability of the internet in various communities. The same could be said for single-player desktop games, which have a touch of online interactivity due to different gaming communities. Pakistanis have always had a strong passion for multiplayer games; Counter Strike 1.6 is a great example of this. The multiplayer first person shooter has existed for more than a decade and doesn’t seem like it will go away anytime soon. 

On the other hand, a lot of international players have moved on to Counter Strike: Global Offensive, it’s successor. With constant updates and changes, CS:GO is everything people love about the Counter Strike games and more; not to mention the world tournaments offering millions of dollars in prize money.

This raises the question, why isn’t Pakistan moving on to latest games? What’s making them play the same game over and over again which was originally released in 1999? There has to be an explanation for this, and there is. Gamers in Pakistan simply don’t have the hardware to run these games. This doesn’t go for everyone, as there is a growing community of players following the latest trends when it comes to online gaming as well. But when it comes to the general populace, it is much easier to set-up a simple desktop with a basic internet connection in a few thousand rupees. Most of the gamers simply play to shred time, which is why they don’t want to invest more than a certain amount of cash on gaming.

Due to these reasons, desktop games that aren’t hardware intensive prevail in this region. Some of the most commonly played games include Counter Strike 1.6, DOTA 2, Call of Duty, etc. When it comes to single player offline titles, older versions of games like Grand Theft Auto and Assassin’s Creed are popular. Even in most gaming cafes, where hardware isn’t the main issue, people often turn towards simpler games just because they’re too used to them.

Internationally though, new titles are selling like hot cakes. When Grand Theft Auto V was released, it generated more than $800 million worldwide in 24 hours. Gaming communities are aspiring to be the first ones to try out the latest releases, and utilities like the Steam Store are packed with buyers. These days such people are the first ones to hop on to the train which leads to the realm of Virtual Reality.

Until PC gaming becomes the norm in Pakistan, most gamers will continue to shy away from newer titles. Fortunately though, the population of gamers trying out latest trends has been on a steady rise.

Kumail Pirzada

Kumail is a Karachi based life-long gamer, mainly having interest in Esports, Tech and all things Computer Science. He is currently doing his bachelors in Computer Science and has decent experience in writing and procrastination.