My post about turning off shadows in DayZ brought in a lot of love/hate. The vocal few in opposition and support sure feel strongly about the subject. I think most people however are in the middle. They understand that he beauty (and curse) of PC gaming is that we all have different hardware, and the software has built-in functions to customize the game to fit your system. I have a feeling that too many gamers these days were weaned on “one size fits all” console games. They might think that all of gaming is an even playing field, but it simply is not the case.
The fact is that there is a broad range of different possibilities for performance and game experience. If you really think about it, every single person playing a PC game has a different experience. There is nobody else in your exact location, with your connection, your exact hardware, the same version drivers. If I am wrong than that means you are playing in the same house, with identical rigs. Bless the husband and wife, or friends and family that game together. Maybe you two have a fair fight.
For the rest of us, gaming is about taking what you are given and making something out of it The people with the top end systems should be able to run everything at max settings. With their cooling, processing, RAM, SSD and just pure electronic horsepower they should be able to beat anyone on the planet. If not, then maybe they just aren’t very good. Everyone else is going to have to lower their expectations, and graphics settings. They are going to have to come down to those of us in the slums.
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I don’t have an i5, or i7. Hell, I don’t even have an iPad! If you had to play on my system you would have no choice but to give me props for even ATTEMPTING to play a game like DayZ. It’s just so violent and instant. Sometimes I should have my head examined, running through the industrial area in Cherno at 15 FPS. I do it because I love the rush, and the mind games. And the guns. I love my guns.
I deal with the pain of low-tier broadband and a normal size square monitor. Some of us need to step our game up, we know. Not everyone has the funds to really be at the top hardware-wise. Computer graphics cards, monitors, accessories, RAM, SSD’s, those things are really expensive to some people. You would be totally shocked if you saw some of the countries that this blog has readers in. India, China, Mexico, Oman, Columbia (over 50 countries total). Imagine what those guys have to go through to play them some Zombies?
Is changing the video settings hacking or exploiting? Of course it’s not. “Hacking” or scripting is changing the game code, exploiting is using glitches or bugs to do something that the developer had no intention of you being able to do. All we are doing is picking choices off of a menu that is presented to every single player. The ones that are locked out by the developers are not affected by the choices, such as view distance allegedly. If they are not meant to be used, they would not be in the vanilla/base game or the mod. How can someone argue that putting a setting to off constitutes cheating?
Is there hope for us? How can we over come this problem? Are you saying to yourself: “I couldn’t care less”? Let’s hear what you have to share. I have not disapproved a single comment besides 1 or 2 that my spam filter missed. As long as you are civil I promise your voice can be heard here.