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A Question for PC Gamers

posted by Zeek on - last edited - Viewed by 137 users

Recently, I was complaining about another game for the computer I was able to run for a while and then it suddenly started to crash on me left and right.

The stock reply was to "get a new computer."

My defense? I can run The Sims 3 on my current model, and on the box it says that it does not support my graphic card. Yet I can still run the game just fine.

So tell me something, fellow PC gamers, why is the default answer to computer game problems is "get a new computer?" Is there some kind of stigmata that PC gamers have some kind of income that helps them keep up with technology?

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  • It's because a lot of people seem to assume that they are the only ones with good computers, and the rest of the world only has Commodores. Just another example of internet idiocy.

  • Wow, I had no idea I was that naive. :o No wonder trolls love me.

  • If you don't meet minimum requirements you're really just taking a gamble. Also the cutting edge of PC gaming has remained largely still of late, so you don't have to worry that your new purchase will be obsolete 3 days before it arrives.

  • It's often possible to just upgrade certain parts of a computer without having to buy a completely new one. That would sure save a lot of money! But some people just won't mention this option... or maybe they just don't think of it. XD

  • It's also not unheard of for companies to blame the player instead of admitting to serious bugs. When fanboys and hardware elitists then chime in on their behalf that can lead to a nasty atmosphere.

  • Is "stigmata" really the word you were looking for?

    I hear that a lot of elite PC gamers actually bleed money from their palms, that's how they can always afford the most up-to-date tech

  • I rotate through my stock of new computers at a rate of one per day. Any less than this and I'll be behind the times.

  • Most games I own either have problems, that make them not run as well as they could because of shoddy development, or are too old, and are not supported by XP. Get a new computer is not a reliable way to get games to work, as it will most likely not solve all your problems. Does the game crash with no warning, does it say why or does it just crash to desktop and that is it?

  • @Scrawffler said: It's often possible to just upgrade certain parts of a computer without having to buy a completely new one. That would sure save a lot of money! But some people just won't mention this option... or maybe they just don't think of it. XD


    NO, I've thought about it. In fact, I did it at one point in the past, which is how I own a fried motherboard that dates back to 1998. Since it blew up (okay, not really, but a lot of the diodes did burst something nasty), it's been sitting in my pile of obsolite tech just waiting to be used in an art project.

  • You could always stay ignorant of the latest gaming technology and only play games that were released five years ago, as seen in today's xkcd:

    http://xkcd.com/606/

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