PC BUILDING SIMULATOR E-SPORTS(2020)
The life of a techie. Go on, breathe it in: T-shirts stained with thermal paste grease, hands shredded to pieces, incessant badgering by your friends and family to troubleshoot their PCs. Alas it's but a dream to most. But fear not, wannabe tech support, esports is calling out your name, and you better pack your best case fans (opens in new tab) because you're about to be offered the chance of a lifetime building for the top teams in PC Building Simulator's Esports Expansion DLC, an unlikely story mode where a mere civilian like yourself can take on the role of team tech support.The Esports Expansion DLC releases today on Steam, and is available for $13 (10). It brings with it a brand new campaign on top of the game's first career jaunt into the world of commercial PC building and self-employment. In which you'll be tasked with building PCs for the gaming greats, and occasionally their grandparents, from your windowless office/garage.
PC BUILDING SIMULATOR E-SPORTS(2020)
Damn. If this isn't already getting a little too real for a hardware journo. I had thought myself prime material for a game about building PCs, as a self-proclaimed PC building aficionado and evangelist for the hobby, but even I can't quite stomach spending my after work hours juggling parts and PCs.
That feeling is compounded by an incredibly detailed and in-depth PC building experience. Each case has been mapped out and recreated in-game with a superb eye for detail, and while many cables connect themselves for brevity's sake, there's certainly something to be said for viewing the game akin to PC building 101 for beginners.
Time management is essential to success in the Esports Expansion DLC, as is keeping your balance sheet in check. The game is as much a small business simulator as it is a PC building one, and its incessant deadlines, shipping times, and tight balance sheet ensure you're kept perpetually on edge and in fear of messing up.
It's a progression system I'm honestly reluctant to engage with much more. A game that keeps you engaged through menial tasks, arbitrary deadlines, and fiscal concerns? I would much prefer to live out my PC building fantasies in Free Build without fear of bankruptcy or reprimand from my employers.
Yet the core building sim remains an authentic way to experience the PC building hobby without shoveling thousands of dollars into Newegg. And that's not changed with the latest expansion, either. If you're new to the series, PC Building Simulator is on sale at 50% as a part of the Steam Midweek Madness sale until August 8. If you don't bounce off in a couple of hours, perhaps the extended Esports Expansion will scratch your vicarious '9-5 IT professional' itch.
PC Building Simulator just got a new expansion that will have you dealing with the obsessed esports player as you build them a tower. The Irregular Corporation has released the latest esports expansion for their indie hit onto both Steam and GOG, as you become the engineer behind the talent. You'll be building, repairing, and keeping care of towers for multiple clients, eventually becoming part of a team as their tech support, all the way to becoming a master engineer building towers for the best of the best as you watch people rise through a fake league. You can read more about it below and check out screenshots and the trailer for the game.
Fair: Regardless of how much we nerds love it, assembling PCs might not become a mainstream theme ever. (Even though, PC building is something growing in popularity, specially among younger audieces).
The Ultimate PC Building Simulation has arrived!Build your very own PC empire, from simple diagnosis and repairs to bespoke, boutique creations that would be the envy of any enthusiast. With an expansive marketplace full of real-world components you can finally stop dreaming of that ultimate PC and get out there, build it and see how it benchmarks in 3DMark!Run your own BusinessThe career mode in PC Building Simulator puts you in charge of your very own PC building and repair business. From your own cozy workshop, you must use all your technical skills to complete the various jobs that come your way.Learn to Build a PCDoes building your own PC seem like an impossible task?PC Building Simulator aims to teach even the most novice PC user how their machine is put together with step-by-step instructions explaining the order parts should be assembled and providing useful information on what each part is and its function.
In Career mode, the game puts the player in responsibility of a workshop where they must complete tasks that involve modifying pre-built computers, (e.g. removing viruses, adding new parts) or building a brand new computer to earn in-game cash, which can be spent on purchasing new or used parts (see below). After each completed task, the player earns a certain number of experience points. When a certain amount of experience is reached, the player levels up, unlocking newer and more advanced parts.
Potential requests include virus removal, system upgrade, system fix, overclocking, or building of an entirely new personal computer. Depending on the amount of spending required for each request, the customers often always give the player a substantial profit margin. However, after accepting an order, unfulfilled requests are automatically rejected from returning to the customer, meaning that the player cannot simply conduct cash grab by doing nothing with the PC. As the game advances, timed jobs become more common. Being unable to conduct jobs within the limit will result in the customer revoking their order, having the players waste their money by buying unnecessary parts.
Main requests, such as building, fixing, and upgrading the gaming rigs, are provided by the team manager using the regular Inbox system; athletes will also ask in-depth requests using new Smartphone mechanics.
There are several upgrades that can ease the PC building, such as self-installing motherboard standoff screws. Said upgrades are unlocked by default in Free Build and Esports modes, but must be unlocked and bought in Career mode and are there to aid in speeding up tasks.
PC Building Simulator is, as its name suggests, a game that allows you to build PCs in a virtual world from Claudiu Kiss and The Irregular Corporation, which is exactly what you get in free-build mode. The career mode however is more of a PC repair simulator- you have inherited a repair shop from your uncle who had just retired, and will be tasked with repairing and building PCs for cash. How you spend the cash you earn from the repairs would be up to you, but it is advisable to stay out of the red- even if your bank is generous enough to give you an overdraw limit of $1000, dip below that and they start charging a daily loan interest. Aiding you would be several upgrades that will make your life easier. You also start the game at level 1, with experience coming in as you complete repair and build tasks. Gaining levels would allow you access to better components and better paying jobs.
Tropes Acceptable Breaks from Reality: More fiddly aspects of PC building like cable management are downplayed in favour of the more wide-reaching steps. The game really simplifies some of the errors you may encounter while troubleshooting hardware. In real life, troubleshooting hardware isn't always that easy.
Data backup and data recovery is not even found in the game at all.
Achievement Mockery: There are several achievements for breaking things, either parts or the company.
Acquired Poison Immunity: In the IT Expansion, Ira T. Elster has poison injected into himself every few weeks to build up an immunity. He tries to do the same thing to his computer by pumping it full of viruses, but finds out the hard way it doesn't work like that.
Anti-Frustration Features: Instead of being built-in, several upgrades you can buy are things to reduce fiddle factor, like an extra workbench or automatically plugging in external cables. The sequel adds the ability to rotate a PC on the bench and changes the interface so all a player needs to do is click on screws to install or remove them.
Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: In career mode, this happens at the end of Giovanna Sciarra's storyline. Her increasingly weird emails indicate being on the verge of a discovery and requiring hardware from the player for research. This is eventually followed by an email from her brother, informing the player that Giovanna has vanished, leaving only charred equipment behind, and inquiring whether they know anything. Giovanna herself then emails the player to confirm this trope is in effect. The sequel's Career Mode reveals that the hardware she had set up wound up burning the shop from the first game down
Bland-Name Product: DFL is probably one for DFI corp. Also, PC-Bay. The competitors in the E-sports DLC play Heart of Stone, Guild of Guardians, Fortfight, Soccar and Strike Back Go, but real games (including these) are often mentioned in the main mode.
In the IT Expansion, there is the company Irratech Corp, PC Toolbox Magazine, the TikkIT app, and the Dekor website.
The posters in the sequel are for TV shows, video games, and movies that are fictitious.
Brand X: Played straight with Mortoni and Shean, but otherwise averted with all the real-world hardware brands that partnered with the developer.
GIS Syndrome: A lot of the wallpapers found on your clients' PCs seem to be lifted off google images. A feature was later patched in where the player's own in-game PC would use their actual background image. The sequel uses the player's own PC wallpaper by default.
Incompetence, Inc.: The player's uncle ran what could generously be called a cowboy operation. Routinely forgetting thermal paste on the CPU, never running tests before releasing a fix, and keeping barely out of the red before stealing some money from the business's limited bank account for gas as a final act before dumping the ailing business without telling the clients and skipping town. The business's not-Yelp reviews are rock bottom and a couple of the first scripted fixes are send-backs from disgruntled customers claiming the repairs didn't fix anything. Fortunately he was small-time enough too few people heard the bad buzz to stop you turning it around. In the sequel, an accident caused an accident that burned down the shop seen in the first game, and you are the one in charge of a new shop and are teaching your uncle how to do tasks properly.
Percussive Maintenance: The printer in IrraTech has one of the ways to fix it if turning it off and on again doesn't work. Hitting it five times to fix it gives the "PC LOAD LETTER" achievement.
Product Placement: The main draw of the game. The game prominently showcases products that you can buy in real life and there are posters of real magazine covers plastered all over your workshop. Likewise, almost all the game titles mentioned in the game really exist on Steamnote Feudal Fantasy XIII is the one entry that doesn't exist. Likewise, there are several DLCs centered around the real life Original Equipment Manufacturers (NZXT, Asus' ROG, Gigabyte's Aorus and Razer, to name a few)
Unintentionally Unwinnable: Your own office PC has parts like any other PC in game, and can be disassembled. This is intended to allow you to "trick out" your rig when you just feel like spending some money (or some awesome-looking used parts you may happen to find), but you may even downgrade your PC to help fulfill customer requests or to recoup some cash (it may help you get through Early Game Hell in hard mode). However, if you are dumb or careless enough to sell enough parts that you can't build a PC anymore, you'll be stuck without any way to access your email or shop.
You Have Researched Breathing: For some reason, you don't get access to certain parts such as storage and additional workbenches until you reach a certain level, regardless of how much money you have.