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9. Re: New 3DMark Feb 5, 2013, 18:42 Dev
Beamer wrote on Feb 5, 2013, 08:32:
Dev wrote on Feb 4, 2013, 22:55:
Yes, I'm sure they didn't make any compromises at all to get it to run on smartphones. Just like MS didn't make any compromises in dumbing down win 8 to be the same on all platforms.
Oh wait...

You know better than this, Dev. It's as easy as clicking the link. You definitely know better than this. What you're doing is essentially what all those crappy game blogs do with the "OMG OVEREXAGGERATION FOR PAGE CLICKS?" headlines.

Right in Steam:
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Yes I saw that before I posted. But while it has different demos for each mode, it looks to me like it still uses the same engine on all 3 of them, so I'm not totally convinced.

However, after further thought there's at least one category in which it will be quite useful. Developers to be able to compare smartphones to desktops and help them with figuring out porting to/from PC, as well as figuring out how to balance the power of the largest ios/android demographics with graphical levels, so there's that at least.
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