Windows XP Game Advisor

A new version of the Windows XP Games Advisor is now available: "Windows XP users now have a start-to-finish solution that makes it easy to find the most interesting games for your PC and determine if your PC can play them. Look at screenshots, watch trailers, try a free demo and then order the game online -- all with the knowledge that your PC is ready to play."
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Re: Unwarranted Bottlenecking
Jun 30, 2004, 07:08
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Re: Unwarranted Bottlenecking Jun 30, 2004, 07:08
Jun 30, 2004, 07:08
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Yeehaw tinfoil hat brigade!

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Re: Unwarranted Bottlenecking
Jun 29, 2004, 23:33
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Re: Unwarranted Bottlenecking Jun 29, 2004, 23:33
Jun 29, 2004, 23:33
 
Well Said!
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Unwarranted Bottlenecking
Jun 29, 2004, 22:46
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Unwarranted Bottlenecking Jun 29, 2004, 22:46
Jun 29, 2004, 22:46
 
Bells and whistles and plot charts are fine, but let's not lose sight of what this really is: a single and highly-controlled channel through which game information is relayed to the user. Should anyone come to rely on something like Game Advisor, they will know only what they are told. To be fair, there'll be a host of options for them to choose from, I have no doubt of that (as anyone with the latest, greatest game rig usually does), but they will be artificially limited. Microsoft would have no incentive whatsoever to inform you of anything that does not benefit them directly.

I'm not raging against MS when I say this; I would honestly make the same criticism of any company who would contemplate this, whether they're iD, Valve, GameSpy, Blizzard, NCSoft, IGN, whoever.

Edit: fixed typos and formatting

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Re: Haha
Jun 29, 2004, 21:31
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Re: Haha Jun 29, 2004, 21:31
Jun 29, 2004, 21:31
 
#6:

Heh, hope that was sarcasm. Microsoft has put out some cool stuff but imho, they should stick with what they first started out doing. The whole, Game Advisor idea or even the XBox idea is just, not them. Thank you, come again.

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Re: Haha
Jun 29, 2004, 21:29
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Re: Haha Jun 29, 2004, 21:29
Jun 29, 2004, 21:29
 
I did a google search for "Windows XP Game Advisor Spyware" and, much to my suprise, this is not spyware.

Then I went to the link and saw it required Internet Explorer... d'oh!

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Re: Haha
Jun 29, 2004, 21:14
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Re: Haha Jun 29, 2004, 21:14
Jun 29, 2004, 21:14
 
http://www.the-inquirer.com/?article=16904

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It's Broken...
Jun 29, 2004, 20:59
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It's Broken... Jun 29, 2004, 20:59
Jun 29, 2004, 20:59
 
It can't even identify that my video card isn't DX9. It told me I have a great system for Painkiller (The demo was a few steps above a slideshow) and that I should have no trouble running Thief 3 (minimum DX9 and I have a GeForce 440MX). I'm surprised too, since Futuremark seems to be behind it.

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Re: Haha
Jun 29, 2004, 20:57
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Re: Haha Jun 29, 2004, 20:57
Jun 29, 2004, 20:57
 
It's actually kinda neat... It doesn't just say "Yup you can run it." It shows how well you can run it compared with the minimum, recommended, and you plotted on a graph. I guess ti was neat for me because of my AMD 64 3200, my Radeon 9800XT and my 1.25GB Corsair DDR400 RAM. The latest game I have been playing is Far Cry, so curious as I was I type it and find that my PC is good to go on Far Cry by quite a ways on the graph.

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Re: Haha
Jun 29, 2004, 20:56
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Re: Haha Jun 29, 2004, 20:56
Jun 29, 2004, 20:56
 
I love Microsoft. I always have and always will. Everything they make is great! it looks nice and works great. I'm glad Micosoft is a monopoly and I would gladly give my life for them.

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Re: Haha
Jun 29, 2004, 19:45
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Re: Haha Jun 29, 2004, 19:45
Jun 29, 2004, 19:45
 
just to play devils advocate, but really this game advisor thing is not really aimed at u guys, more aimed at the semi-serious-not-too-technical-guy-who-wants-to-play-games, its a neat idea which may well help boost not only higher end pc sales, but also boost overall pc games sales which is always a good thing for the industry.

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Re: Haha
Jun 29, 2004, 18:10
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Re: Haha Jun 29, 2004, 18:10
Jun 29, 2004, 18:10
 
Is this advisor made by the same Microsoft that said this 4 days ago while recommending gaming PCs:

Multithreading technology. Have you ever wondered how a game can feature cars racing, while sounds play, sunlight sparkles, and birds fly by? When software demands that the computer process several different elements at once within the application itself, the processor can only manage so much data simultaneously. Multithreading technology in Windows XP and the Pentium 4 opens multiple channels for processing many different types of data at the same time. When referring to its latest Pentium 4 processors, Intel calls multithreading technology Hyper-Threading (HT).

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/games/expert/gamingpcs.mspx

They also mention that the "best PCs" are 3.0Ghz (which is the most important part of a gaming PC - memory size is 2nd, and video memory size is 3rd)

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Re: Haha
Jun 29, 2004, 17:24
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Re: Haha Jun 29, 2004, 17:24
Jun 29, 2004, 17:24
 
makes it easy to find the most interesting games for your PC

Kinda a conflict of interest since they make games as well.

I wish Microsoft would just STICK to making opertating systems and less time developing pointless programs like Game Advisor

Well it's funny since it's like they want to convey the message that Windows is the "OS for the serious gamer" or some crap like that. Of course, everyone who is a serious gamer uses Windows (even if they have to boot into it from their Linux session).
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Haha
Jun 29, 2004, 17:11
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Haha Jun 29, 2004, 17:11
Jun 29, 2004, 17:11
 
I wish Microsoft would just STICK to making opertating systems and less time developing pointless programs like Game Advisor. I think everyone can read system requirements on the box. We don't need Windows saying "this will run but this won't".

Sorry, just my rant for today

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Ignore me...
Jun 29, 2004, 17:08
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Ignore me... Jun 29, 2004, 17:08
Jun 29, 2004, 17:08
 
...for I am bitter! Anyway...

Er...is this a news post giving us the same information that is on the advertisement that repeatedly shows up on the site?!?

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Ray

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