A Game About Building A Gaming PC

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If you play games on PC, you’ve probably at least considered building your own at some point or another. Problem: PCs are towering amalgams of chips, screws, and (ugh) thermal paste. The prospect of assembling one can be daunting. Enter PC Building Simulator.


Currently in a pre-alpha state, PC Building Simulator is exactly what it sounds like: a game about the painstaking process of building your own PC. You get to pick the parts, slot/screw/glue them into place, curse the heavens and try to throw a brick at god when something doesn’t work—all that fun stuff. There’s even gonna be a career mode where you can sell PC builds and make a living.

“The purpose of this game is to try to teach people about building PCs while still having fun,” wrote the game’s developer, Claudiu (via RPS). “I strive to make it a fun game to play but also a tool to plan builds or for those who want to practice this hobby without spending thousands of dollars.”

It’s not the most, er, graphically compelling game at this point, but the concept is neat. Despite what my misadventures might suggest, I’m all for more nitty-gritty tinkering games like My Summer Car, and this seems like it could fit the bill... though maybe with less beer. But hey, nobody’s saying you can’t bring your own.

You can download the early version of the game from Itch.io.

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Christopher Buecheler

Eh, my last PC took me less than three hours to build, worked the first time I turned it on, and has been running fine for four years. They’re not that tough to put together anymore.

And, as an added bonus, they very rarely cut, burn, or shock you, all of which used to happen to me routinely when I was putting together 486's and early Pentiums (especially the cutting - Christ, those case innards used to be made of razors!).