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LongHook writes:
The state of PC gaming today just sucks. .... It's the whole driver/DirectX flakiness thing.

I've been playing a bunch of new games at the moment and the only one giving me any problems is the free "America's Army". Of course, my gaming rig runs Windows 98SE which I'm sure you have long since abandoned. I'm one of those dual-boot people who keep a partition just for games and use a different OS (Win2K right now) for work and stuff. I almost feel sorry for game developers because a few hard-core gamers are just not giving up Win98SE without a fight while everyone else has moved on to XP.

I haven't heard anyone complaining about WinXP (nor raving about it) so I would be interested if that has changed with DirectX 8.1. Most of the gamers I know are busy playing with their consoles these days and haven't tried anything more recent than "Mafia".

I've put in more than a few hours with "Medieval: Total War" without so much as a hiccup. I have toyed around with "SimCity 4", "Command and Conquer: Generals" and "Unreal 2". Now, my system is a little too old to play those games smoothly (700MHz Athlon Classic) but other than that everything just works.

But seriously, this just sucks. It makes you really appreciate it when a game just installs and works. At this point I'm not even sure who to blame anymore -- Microsoft, developers, hardware vendors, everyone...*sigh*

I hesitate to suggest that you forgot one possiblity -- yourself. You probably know more about running Windows than me but I would check out your system(s) thoughly. Even Win98SE needs to be tweaked from the standard install to get the best gaming performance.

Of course, "Bridge Commander" could just, you know, suck.

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