We are talking about a hardware manufacturer creating brand new hardware that is obsolete and unuseable out of the box. Hardware T&L has been a standard in game development for 5 years, and these morons still don't support it. It's the idiots at Intel that are selling a brand new "Gaming Compatible" machine that can barely run a DX7 game that are to blame.
Wrong wrong wrong.
Most PC users never touch 3D software.
So why should they pay for complicated 3D chips?
Intel's integrated video solution costs $7 to make. This means it fits very nicely in $300 desktops and $500 laptops. If you own a business this is what you want on the desks. If you just listen to music and browse the internet this is what you want on your desk.
And guess what? That's the bulk of PCs sold!
Now, some idiots buy these cheap, bottom-line PCs and hope to run games on them. A large part of this is idiot consumers, but fortunately many of these computers have expansion slots so the idiot consumer can upgrade the video card. Not that it matters, the majority of computers shipping with integrated video ship with too little RAM and too slow a processor to run anything Epic is working on.
Sometimes these things are sold as gaming machines, though. Is Intel to blame? Nope, blame the company that sold it. Dell already announced that they're changing this.
Intel's really done nothing wrong. There's a huge demand for cheap 2D video. They satisfy the demand. There's no damn reason for them to support hardware T&L when they're just making a 2D solution. And there's no reason for most computers to have 3D graphics.
Vista will change this.
Some companies might start catering to these non-gaming machines, and some might be successful, although they're non-gaming machines for a reason. Mark knows Epic can't do this. Epic is a technology company first, a gaming company second. Their products sell for having the best graphics, not being the best games (in a genre where graphics are typically the most important feature) and they make more money licensing technology. So of course Mark gets pissed about it.
But who cares?
It's like complaining that people that bought Palms can't play DS and PSP games.
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