I have a new gaming PC and the first game I played was Terraria

My little brother got a gaming PC for Christmas. He kept telling me to slap him because it didn’t feel real. I know that feeling. The whole experience made me a little nostalgic with tears in my eyes because 15 years ago (yes, I know, fucking hell) my parents bought me my first PC. It’s just a big blue box with fans and a chip inside, but for a kid it’s like a portal to another universe. My little brother’s system is superior to what I remember in just about every way imaginable, but in reality they are exactly the same. Your first PC is magic this way.

It has bright LEDs inside which you can change color and a desk-sized LED illuminated mouse pad. The case is cavernous and its seven fans purr softly. The PC isn’t the most powerful system out there, and we had to buy a pre-build as maps are still unobtainable, but it can run Fortnite and Apex Legends at close to 200 fps. These games would have blown my 13-year-old mind, not to mention having a system that could make them work properly. Except my little brother didn’t want to play these silly little games. He wanted to play Terraria.


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I should provide a bit of context. Terraria has become a game around which my little brother and I are linked. I’ve been playing it since the year he was born, but he probably knows more than I do now. He made wireframe machines and designed crowd-killing machines. I’ve written detailed guides on the different versions of Terraria, and he’ll refer to them as we play, and sometimes say “Oh Harry, this guide isn’t good.” (Don’t tell my boss. I updated them when no one was watching.) We play for hours and hours, exploring caves full of skeletons and mud, beating floating eyeballs and building fantastic villages. mahogany and sandstone brick.

I bought Terraria from him for £ 2.79 about two years ago. My copy cost me £ 4.50 almost ten years ago. That’s an absurdly good value for the 1,500 hours between us and the game. Re-Logic’s masterpiece has been supported for free for over a decade. It has thousands of hours of content and thousands more with mods. The game is devilishly complex and yet completely accessible for new players. Terraria will go down in history as one of the best video game offerings and perhaps, objectively, one of the best games ever to come out.

You can run the game on just about anything, including the dusty Xbox One we pull out when kids suddenly appear all over the house over Christmas. But Terraria was also the game I loaded up when I bought my first “quite expensive” gaming laptop earlier this year. It might seem silly to load Terraria on a whole new platform, but getting set up in a PC is all about the convenience, and there’s nothing quite like Terraria to feel right at home.


There’s something about the fast load times and the clean desktop, then the fresh, open world of Terraria that will always mean a new computer to me. Our comfort games become more prevalent at this time of year, when it’s common to drink at noon, eat a lot of chocolate, and feel exhausted. You can load up The Witcher 3 for part 12 or reluctantly return to Cities: Skylines. For me, Terraria is the ultimate comfort game, the game I will never leave out. I am both totally at ease with its systems and objects, and yet I always feel a little lost when I open a new world. Three hours later, passing in a blur of speleology, I realize that I have eaten a whole package of flying saucers and that it is dark outside. Now it’s comfort.

It’s a testament to Terraria’s enduring appeal that my brother, nearly a generation behind, also turns to gaming when he is just looking for something comfortable and easy. It takes about three minutes to download, three minutes to set up a character and world, and a few more minutes to chop down your first trees. You don’t need an account, you don’t need to be connected to the internet and you don’t even need a 2021 gaming platform. Terraria is accessible, comfortable and without a doubt a classic. timeless. And above all, at least my brother didn’t play Warzone. The child has taste.

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