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Here's what the PC Gamer community is excited about this week

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This week in the PC Gamer forums (opens in new tab), the new PCG hardware team introduce themselves, Zotac Gaming is giving away a GPU, a discussion on gaming genres that we just can't get into, and an ongoing thread of free PC games.

The PC Gamer forum is a great place to chat with others about anything to do with PC gaming. We've got discussions ranging from shooters, RPGs and real-time strategies, to threads about industry news, PC builds, and game walkthroughs.

Here's what's been happening on the forum this week:

The genre struggle is real

Krud (opens in new tab) has started a thread asking the community if there was a genre or game series we wished we liked but just couldn't get into. Krud says that they've always wanted to get into epic strategy games like Europa Universalis IV, but just can't work up the motivation to get past the learning curve. Do you have any genres that fit the bill? Let us know in the thread.

JRPGs. I love western RPGs. Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Elder Scrolls, etc. Can't get enough. I just can't get into JRPG. I try to force myself because there are so many out there and they look so cool. But typically I can't get into the gameplay.Topher (opens in new tab)

Fighting games. I want to get into them and be able to hold my own but frankly I'm rubbish at them. Can't get the moves right, there's a lot of technical stuff that i don't understand or didn't realize and frankly its too late to "get good" at them.—Johnway (opens in new tab)

Here's the thread. (opens in new tab)

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Meet the new PCG hardware team

There are a few new, old, and returning faces on PC Gamer in the form of our newly formed hardware team. Dave, Alan, Jacob, Jorge, and Paul will continue PCG's dedication to honest, expert, and entertaining coverage of what's happening in the world of hardware. If you would like to know more about the new team, head over to the thread and say hi. Dave is in the comments answering any questions you may have.

We promise never to talk down to you, and to explain hardware in terms that always matter to your gaming experience. We're all PC gaming geeks, experts in our field, and you can be sure we love the games just as much as the technology and the brilliant minds that bring our rigs to life.—PCGDave (opens in new tab)

Here's the thread. (opens in new tab)

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The free games list

This list, originally started by Frindis (opens in new tab) back in January, is an ongoing thread about games that are currently available to play for free. The PCG community is great at keeping up with storefronts from all over the web, including the weekly free games on the Epic Store, Steam, Ubisoft Store, and GOG. Now that we all have extra time on our hands for more games, this is a great way of staying up to date with freebies.

Latest update: Rayman Legends: Standard Edition (opens in new tab) free until 03.04. One Drop Bot free (opens in new tab) until 07.04.Frindis  (opens in new tab)

Over at good ol Epic. Hob (opens in new tab), Gone Home (opens in new tab), Drawful 2 (opens in new tab). All free until the 9th of April.IndecentLouie (opens in new tab)

Here is the thread. (opens in new tab)

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Win a Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2070 in our giveaway

Our most recent forum giveaway is the Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2070 (opens in new tab). It's a GPU that packs 8GB GDDR6 RAM and 1170 MHz boost clock. Zotac will also throw in a bunch more stuff for whoever wins, including a coat, umbrella, mouse pad and more. You need to sign in and leave a comment saying what you've been doing at home to keep busy. Make sure you read all the details and conditions in the post before entering.

Since I am nerdy introvert, not much changed for me. I still sit for unhealthy hours at my PC and either code, learn or game. The only difference lately is that I am being more and more worried about some of my hardware starting showing signs of "I am so done with all of this" and I am piss poor T_TOsaX Nymloth (opens in new tab)

I’m still working as a truck driver but to take stress off I play Apex, Modern Warfare, Insurgency Sandstorm on my PC when I’m home. It’s definitely a way to relax.—Birthofthecruel (opens in new tab)

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Weekend Question: What series should you start by skipping the first one?

This weekend's question asks the community which gaming series is it okay to skip the first, and maybe even the second game? Jody (opens in new tab) mentions in the thread that many video game series have improved as they have gone on, so which one do you think is worth jumping straight into the middle of? Put your answers in the thread and they could appear in an article on the website.

Doom. You can really just start with any game and its all fun no matter where that start is. Also, fighting games, like any fighting game. You dont need to know the prequel to understand that you have to beat your opponent to death lol.—DXCHASE (opens in new tab)

In truth, the first Witcher is a fine game, but it lacks the polish and accessibility of its sequels. If all the popularity of The Witcher 3 and the Netflix series has piqued your interest, I would consider The Witcher 2 a fine boarding point.XoRn (opens in new tab)

Here is the thread.

Here is a quick list of the forum's top threads:

What was the first video game you remember playing? (opens in new tab)
What's your favourite cRPG? (opens in new tab)
Can real-time strategy come back from the brink of death? (opens in new tab)
Help, I can't finish RPGs anymore (opens in new tab)
Weekend Question: Which RTS series deserves a comeback? (opens in new tab)
What was the specs of your very first gaming PC? (opens in new tab)

Rachel had been bouncing around different gaming websites as a freelancer and staff writer for three years before settling at PC Gamer back in 2019. She mainly writes reviews, previews, and features, but on rare occasions will switch it up with news and guides. When she's not taking hundreds of screenshots of the latest indie darling, you can find her nurturing her parsnip empire in Stardew Valley and planning an axolotl uprising in Minecraft. She loves 'stop and smell the roses' games—her proudest gaming moment being the one time she kept her virtual potted plants alive for over a year.