I still say its partially intentonal, I just refuse to believe a company (ValvE) who is being paied money by a graphics card vendor (ATI) would be honest in this situation.
Granted Nvidia is in a horiable slump, however, thier choice to go with Doom3 and thier lack of a decent product for a year. Along with losing the deal for the next generation X-Box. It seems they are a submarine with a screen door, sunroof, and made out of lead.
How anyone can say the says back when 3dfx were the only game in town things were better, I do not know. You were paying 500 bucks for cards worth 300 bucks, at least now the price/worth of the cards are much closer. Did you know when a retailer sells computer hardware and full computers its about 5% of thier profit. These cards are expensive to make, and since there has been good competition the price you pay has been closer to the price it costs to make them. Closer than at anytime prior to now in fact. We lose Nvidia and you can bet your ass the next gen ATI cards will be worth less than your going to pay for them, its just smart business sense.
When the game, with the most rabid and addicted and insane fans comes out with a sequal. That has been turned into the next coming, the cd version. Weather this was done by fans or press is unimportant, it HAS been hyped. Now this overly hyped and built up game will apparently run like shit on toast on the Nvidia cards, unless you bump them down to dx8.1 renderers. That my friends is a deathblow to a videocard company, Nvida will assuredally pull out some bullshit but this is the SECOND time ValvE has defamed a Nvidia card for being less than technically competent.
So for all you people with a 2nd grade reading comprehension, Nvidia has screwed the pooch and you can expect them to be going under to be replaced with... probably matrox. The Parheliea could have been a good card, i'm sure they have been working on design refinement just incase this happend.
This sure is a muddy pool...
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