Is Console Gaming Better on the Couch or At a Desk?

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What kind of gamer trades the comfort of a couch and a big-screen television for a computer desk and a pair of monitors? Commenter Faux Bravo does unless someone talks him out of it in today's Speak Up on Kotaku.

So I've been thinking of Craigslist-ing my TV and purchasing one to two additional computer monitors and a desk. I currently have a weird gaming setup that really isn't very comfortable.

Does anyone do all their gaming, including console, from the "comfort" of an office chair? I was thinking having everything in one location would be pretty awesome. If I had my computer running one or two monitors (a larger one for gaming) and another monitor for my PlayStation 3.

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I'm all for the couch or bed, but I really like to sit close when I'm gaming and that kind of defeats the need for a large TV (I currently have an older 42" Sony LCD). Are there downsides that I'm not thinking of? Has anyone run into things they dislike about always gaming at a desk?

Now I need to find some decent, cheap monitors and a desk. It's hard to find desks that don't suck at stores. The ones that aren't terrible cost WAY too much.

This is a major, life-changing decision I'm making here. Argh!

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DISCUSSION

I somewhat gave up PC gaming some time ago, about when I got my PS3 and 360. Couches are infinitely more comfortable than chairs (to me) and sitting with a controller in a million different positions is different than being upright with a keyboard and mouse (again, to me).

But really, the difference is the sound. On the PC I had some turtle beach 5.1 headphones. I wanted surround sound, but I can never figure out what to do with the rear speakers on the PC, so I went with headphones.

On the couch, I have a 7.1 setup. No headphones, just beautiful, large sound. And that's the thing that'll get me a hard sell back to PC gaming: the audio. And I just don't fine it that feasible to hook the PC up to the TV and surround sound and use a keyboard and mouse on my coffee table.