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Comment: Re:Not sure I get the reasoning here (Score 1) 422

by gencha (#33118104) Attached to: Is <em>StarCraft II</em> Killing Graphics Cards?
I guess it's a matter of preference if you're fine with constant tearing or a 30fps framerate. I just doubt that rendering uncapped is "common practice".
But I find it quite misleading to talk about framerate capping. As a simple cap wouldn't guarantee that you present your frames in sync with your screen. So you might get 60fps but still with tearing.
And in a scenario as you describe it, I guess the smartest move would be to lower any graphics setting only slightly and then run on full fps in sync. But I guess that's what the people who suffer from the overheating issue should have done in the first place.
Btw, your render times are off by a factor of 10.

Comment: Re:Not sure I get the reasoning here (Score 1) 422

by gencha (#33110078) Attached to: Is <em>StarCraft II</em> Killing Graphics Cards?
Well, the game SHOULD render at the same framerate as your monitor. Often called VSync. Because rendering more frames that your screen can display doesn't really help that much. Also not synching to your screen will cause tearing.

However, VSync is disabled by default in SC2. And this might cause the issue.

Comment: Re:Free as in beer; comes with required crapware (Score 2, Insightful) 164

by gencha (#32958436) Attached to: Valve Releases Updated <em>Alien Swarm</em> For Free With Code Base
Even though I agree with you on the most parts, I think it's worth noting that it is extremely difficult to return items on Steam (if at all possible). Also, keep in mind the price differences Valve places upon customers. A game can cost $35 in the US and costs 35EUR in the EU. I have also personally purchased a game online which required activation on Steam. When trying that, Steam told me I was not allowed to own/use that game where I live and that I should return it. Steam in general refuses to sell me any games that aren't watered down to the lowest "violence" levels. Even though I can buy the original versions right at the store.

Also, "high speed" is kind of a debatable term in this context. I guess 2MB/s is a high speed (I hardly ever get beyond that). But downloading a game from my library still takes longer than installing it from a disc. And the connection issues are even worse for the dedicated servers I run. Installing/updating server installations have always suffered from low speeds for me. This can be very frustrating at times.

I still agree that Steam is most likely the best platform of it's kind around and I appreciate a lot of the benefits compared to retail games. Yet the above mentioned experiences leave at least a bitter aftertaste.

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