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 Jan 20, 2005 - 11:00 AM - by Michael
* Game compatibility ratings?

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Microsoft is once again proposing a game compatibility rating to help non-tech-savvy computer users decide whether (and how well) a game will run on their system.

Making sure a PC can run certain software is often a vexing process for consumers, especially with games such as the new "Doom 3" that demand the latest video cards and other hardware. Game buyers are often surprised to find that a PC a year or two old can't run the latest games.

Determining if your PC is up to snuff often requires digging into details beyond the average consumer's knowledge, such as whether a video card supports the latest version of Microsoft's DirectX graphics library or can handle sophisticated "transform and lighting" graphics effects.
Microsoft's idea is a benchmark system that gives you a number or grade, and then putting the appropriate "minimum" on the game package. I suppose it's workable, though variances in computer specs may make it more difficult than they think.

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