I was thinking with the WoW requirement update (and my own CPU is now under the minimum requirements, since its an i5 660)...there are many people that can afford games (since games themselves are cheap), but can't afford a PC. For example, if I want an i7 (and I'd want a good one) I'd also need to upgrade my CPU, motherboard, and I'd also need to upgrade my RAM. My motherboard is not compatible with an i7...so it be an easy 700+ dollar upgrade which I and many others can't do
This would also mean no one is at an advantage with better hardware, just because they have more money to give an edge over people with weaker PCs
Now, this goes far beyond gaming. Many artists (and Youtubers) NEED a good PC to make good quality rendered art (or videos)....many people can do so many things with a good computer. While many are sure not to utilize their government founded PCs to better their lives, many also however would.
Now I can hear everyone going "WTF is this stupid idea". And I gladly say..."but canada is giving everyone free money every month as an experiment"...so maybe that way is better than an outright PC. BUT here is why providing a free PC is in at least some ways better
Government pays for pre-made highend PCs. That means every piece of hardware in that PC is being bought, providing each company a large source of revenue...even more in fact because there is a huge amount of people who can't afford to buy that hardware. The company who provides the pre-made PC also gets a revenue source. So it isn't exactly free money like canada is doing (though that money still goes back into their country of course), but also accomplishes nearly the same thing. Everyone is provided with their own PC
For the homeless, or those who don't want a PC, can then instead opt for a mobile device which also can provide the person countless ways to earn an income or even keep in touch with family.
Now maybe free money is better like Canada is doing. You can use that free money to then upgrade your PC or buy a mobile device, or countless other ways. So free money of course is more useful in many ways...however lots of people are not good at managing money, so I feel in some ways it go to waste compared to a high-end free PC or mobile device which can then be used for art/youtube/work etc.
What are your guys thoughts?