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WoW Patch Plans & Creative Audio Issue

The Unofficial World of Warcraft Forums have word on a couple of bugs that fell through the cracks with the version 2.2 patch that was just released for World of Warcraft, Blizzard's MMORPG (thanks Ant). Just a handful of issues are listed, most of them related to the user interface. On a related note, the Creative Labs Forums have word on an issue with the new WoW patch for owners of Creative's sound cards (thanks World of Warcraft News), which don't offer the same audio experience after the new patch introduced a new software mixer. Creative seems a little ticked at Blizzard, and is hoping their users will be ticked too:

As many Creative soundcard owners are discovering, Blizzard recently made changes to the WoW client that have impacted the audio experience significantly. Our developer relations group were given minimal advance warning that these changes were about to occur, and our subsequent requests to Blizzard for clarification as to why the changes were made have gone unanswered.

The new audio implementation in WoW uses a 3rd party audio middleware system which offers a generic software mixer with some reverb effects. Creative has worked with the middleware company in question and already implemented a hardware audio path that enables 3D audio mixing and DSP based effects processing on Audigy and X-Fi cards. "Bioshock" uses this system to great effect, and it is relatively straight forward for developers to support. We have offered to help Blizzard enable this hardware audio path but they haven't taken us up on it.

Many Creative soundcard owners are pointing out that their audio experience is nowhere near as compelling as it used to be, which is a great shame. We will continue to seek a better resolution to the current situation with Blizzard. In the interim, we would encourage Creative soundcard owners to let Blizzard know that they would very much like to have their audio experience restored to its former glory.

63. Re: Creative sucks? Oct 3, 2007, 08:49 Blackhawk
Ive never had so many bad ones that I blamed Creative for making bad cards.

Creative doesn't make bad cards. They make bad drivers and have bad support for decent cards. There are certain hardware combinations over the years that have been roadblocks with Creative products, and certain software that ran horribly with it.

Creative's ugliness rears its ugly head when you DO have a problem, find out it is shared by thousands, and Creative is nowhere to be found (compare to ATI or Nvidia who address issues every few weeks.)

Their drivers contain so much junk that it takes more time trying to figure out what NOT to install than the whole rest of the process. They most certainly do drop support for old cards way, way too soon in an artificial attempt to force people to upgrade to newer cards before their old ones are even remotely obsolete. They want an upgrade market like exists for graphics cards - every two years - when they make a product that only really needs upgraded every six or eight. They compensate by artificially forcing upgrades on people.

(BTW, I've lost count of how many computers I've built and configured over the years with Creative and non-Creative cards, so I'm speaking from experience myself.)

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  1. Sep 30, 16:26 Creative Labs The Half Elf
  5. Sep 30, 16:57  Re: Creative Labs eunichron
  9. Sep 30, 18:09  Re: Creative Labs AcidDrone
  10. Sep 30, 18:12   Re: Creative Labs Cutedge
  11. Sep 30, 18:16    Re: Creative Labs AcidDrone
  14. Sep 30, 18:31     Re: Creative Labs The Half Elf
  15. Sep 30, 18:36    Re: Creative Labs nin
  16. Sep 30, 18:54     Re: Creative Labs The Half Elf
  34. Oct 1, 02:14     Re: Creative Labs Cutedge
  43. Oct 1, 09:14     Re: Creative Labs MacD
  2. Sep 30, 16:33 ... theyarecomingforyou
  3. Sep 30, 16:42 No subject Dev
  4. Sep 30, 16:56 ... theyarecomingforyou
  6. Sep 30, 17:45 No subject Toebot
  7. Sep 30, 17:57  Re: No subject Cutedge
  8. Sep 30, 17:58  Re: No subject vangual
  18. Sep 30, 19:50   Re: No subject ViRGE
  20. Sep 30, 20:10    WOW!! Zephalephelah
  21. Sep 30, 20:13     Re: WOW!! BigChiefSmokem
  22. Sep 30, 20:22      Re: WOW!! Overon
  24. Sep 30, 21:54      Re: WOW!! sponge
  25. Sep 30, 22:00       Re: WOW!! nin
  32. Oct 1, 01:24     Re: WOW!! Alamar
  31. Oct 1, 01:22   Re: No subject .Drifter
  46. Oct 1, 11:23    Re: No subject vangual
  47. Oct 1, 11:46     Re: No subject PHJF
  12. Sep 30, 18:17 Blizzard rocks! Creston
  13. Sep 30, 18:28 No subject f13
  44. Oct 1, 09:20  Re: No subject MacD
  45. Oct 1, 10:55   Re: No subject Orogogus
  17. Sep 30, 18:59 No subject Dev
  19. Sep 30, 20:04 No subject PropheT
  23. Sep 30, 20:46 Pfft. Blackhawk
  26. Sep 30, 22:17 No subject Dev
  27. Sep 30, 22:28  Re: No subject AcidDrone
  28. Sep 30, 23:07 Sound problems Donkey_Punch
  29. Oct 1, 00:39  Re: Sound problems CJ_Parker
  30. Oct 1, 00:50   Re: Sound problems Masa
  33. Oct 1, 01:27    Re: Sound problems Alamar
  35. Oct 1, 02:28 ... theyarecomingforyou
  36. Oct 1, 03:51  Re: ... Cutedge
  37. Oct 1, 04:09   Re: ... PHJF
  39. Oct 1, 04:29    Re: ... Chicken
  38. Oct 1, 04:10   Re: ... The Half Elf
  40. Oct 1, 05:26 People still buy sound cards? RaZ0r!
  48. Oct 1, 11:48  Re: People still buy sound cards? Fibrocyte
  49. Oct 1, 11:54   Re: People still buy sound cards? nin
  50. Oct 1, 11:57    Re: People still buy sound cards? PHJF
  51. Oct 1, 12:23    Re: People still buy sound cards? MMORPGHoD
  53. Oct 1, 14:17     Re: People still buy sound cards? Elrix
  41. Oct 1, 07:49 oh, boohoo creative human
  42. Oct 1, 09:13  Re: oh, boohoo creative Efflixi
  52. Oct 1, 14:09 No subject fujiJuice
  54. Oct 1, 15:19 No subject manic half
  55. Oct 1, 15:46 Confused Kxmode
  56. Oct 1, 17:03  Re: Confused Zephalephelah
  57. Oct 1, 17:56   Better for me Howin
  60. Oct 2, 16:36   Re: Confused Fibrocyte
  58. Oct 1, 18:06 No subject Skullguise
  59. Oct 2, 10:25 Creative sucks? Muscular Beaver
  61. Oct 2, 21:22  Re: Creative sucks? Blackhawk
  62. Oct 3, 07:21   Re: Creative sucks? Muscular Beaver
>> 63. Oct 3, 08:49    Re: Creative sucks? Blackhawk


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