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I'm not smart enough to play PC games?

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For the past 32 hours, I've been getting the following kind of comments after reporting bugs.

"You should have read the back of the box to see if you can run the game. Stop whining. It's your own fault. Better yet, stop playing."

"Clearly you aren't smart enough to play games on a PC. Just get a PS3 or Xbox360."

"If you can't do basic maintenance and updates on your PC's hardware, you shouldn't be playing games on it at all."

As fellow PC gamers, how do you feel about these kind of comments from your fellow PC gamers?

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  • Personally, I would say that years and years of trying to force games that logically shouldn't work on my computer to work on my computer is what gave me any knowledge whatsoever about the hardware that I had. I think it's more of a learning from experience thing.

    The second best thing to do, in my opinion, is just look through the "Control Panel" bit of your computer and familiarize yourself with what you've got so that you can at least sound like you really know what you're talking about when you ask for help. Works for me all the time.

    Though, probably the best way to avoid people yelling at you online is to check the system requirements first before going to an internet board so that you can tell the people that the basics already check out. Also, if it's a new game, the first thing to do is update all your drivers. All of them. I've fixed most of the problems I've had in the past year just by updating drivers. If none of those things work, then it's time to ask for help online. Or wait around and see if somebody else asked the same question earlier and leech off of their answer. That's what I do.

  • @Zeek said: As fellow PC gamers, how do you feel about these kind of comments from your fellow PC gamers?



    Stop playing Call of Duty.

  • The ironic thing is the "proper" way to report bugs is to include all that info in your post before you state what the bug is. Which I do.

    And they ask for basic info, as well. What's your OS? How much RAM do you have? Dedicated or or Integrated Video Card? If Dedicated, make and model?

    And I post those every time I report a bug to get any serious help. It's only been recently where I'm seeing these kind of comments en mass.

    @der_ketzer said: Stop playing Call of Duty.

    I'm sorry, but I don't play shooters where they offer an online option in which I get called racist slurs by 10 year olds.

  • @Zeek said: For the past 32 hours, I've been getting the following kind of comments after reporting bugs.

    "You should have read the back of the box to see if you can run the game. Stop whining. It's your own fault. Better yet, stop playing."

    "Clearly you aren't smart enough to play games on a PC. Just get a PS3 or Xbox360."

    "If you can't do basic maintenance and updates on your PC's hardware, you shouldn't be playing games on it at all."

    As fellow PC gamers, how do you feel about these kind of comments from your fellow PC gamers?



    I think PC games are fantastic, and offer a lot of gaming experiences you just dont get on console games, and also that PC gamers can sometimes be amazing snobs. I find that especially amusing considering "PC gaming," from the hardware side, is often about as classy and intelligent as having your stupid never-quite-running '86 Fiero up on blocks in your driveway.

    A real PC gaming community worth its salt will help anyone with their problem who seems to genuinely be trying. If you're posting in a community full of people who are disparaging and condescending when you're genuinely asking for help, you can probably find a better place!

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    @Zeek said: The ironic thing is the "proper" way to report bugs is to include all that info in your post before you state what the bug is. Which I do.

    And they ask for basic info, as well. What's your OS? How much RAM do you have? Dedicated or or Integrated Video Card? If Dedicated, make and model?

    And I post those every time I report a bug to get any serious help. It's only been recently where I'm seeing these kind of comments en mass.

    What you should be doing is asking the question, and provide the info at the end of your post. That way people can see the problem and, if they need to, read through the specs. Putting your info first means people are presented with a bunch of technical data before even knowing what the problem is. It's a small detail, but you'd be surprised how it affects things.

    Secondly, where do you get these sorts of comments from? You really shouldn't be getting these kinds of comments unless you're doing something incredibly stupid, and you don't seem like the type to do that.

    I've found people on the net to be surprisingly helpful, but I guess I just hang out with the right crowds. People really shouldn't be talking like that to you.

  • I know diddly-jack about computers. Hardware is all beyond me. I have a basic grasp on software thanks to external influences, but if there's a hardware problem, I'm screwed. Ironically, everyone I know personally is always asking me for help with all there technical problems. This is really only because I send out a tech-savvy aura. Whenever one of these situations arises, I just Google the problem. Either that fixes it, or I tell them they're screwed. So. If anyone is too dumb to play computer games, it'd be me. But screw that, I'm going to go play something! :D

  • @Darth Marsden said: Secondly, where do you get these sorts of comments from? You really shouldn't be getting these kinds of comments unless you're doing something incredibly stupid, and you don't seem like the type to do that.



    On the game's official Bug Report forum, which is where the developers want these reports to be posted so they can patch them as quickly as possible. I would name the company, but there are some users here that I'm sure can figure out who I'm talking about. Others? Well, they claim the company doesn't exist, so...

    Strangely enough, I never got these kind of replies from that community before. It's only been recently.

  • @Zeek said: Others? Well, they claim the company doesn't exist, so...



    The Cake Interactive?

  • Nah, it's a company that cannot be found...except by those who already know its IP address...

  • You shouldn't have asked your questions to douche bags. Stop whining. It's your own fault.

    Nah, just kidding. But seriously, PC gaming is the only place you might get treatement like this, simply because it's the only one that requires maintenance.

    Frankly, I never actually ask someone about bugs or glitches. I always look for someone who already asked online, and get the answer from there, because if other people didn't experience it, then maybe I PERSONALLY did something wrong. But, then again, I've never encountered someone answering like how you described it.

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