Originally Posted by furrykef
My point is that the performance at level 1 probably isn't a bug (and therefore it's not in need of a patch), it's just that level 1 is lower than the game is really intended to be run. They could have just removed level 1 from the game, renamed level 2 to level 1, etc., and raised the game's minimum system requirements. But then you wouldn't be able to run it well.
My point is that while you can expect the graphics to decrease in quality as you lower the settings (that being the point), there's certain things that should not happen no matter how much you lower the settings, and if they do happen, they should be worked around. I recall a similar issue in The Devil's Playhouse involving shadow rendering for Sam's big "NOOOOOOOOO!" in They Stole Max's Brain. If they hadn't done a workaround on it, anybody below a certain graphics level would've just seen a blank wall instead of Sam's silhouette. Kind of like how we're seeing a blank wall in the middle of Tycho's face where his nose ought to be, because his outline goes to hell on level 1.