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Currently Immortal, 14 Apr 14

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I log onto my computer yesterday, and the Catalyst Control Center notifies me that there is a new driver for my graphics card. I click on the link which takes me to AMD's website. There I download their autodetect utility, which is an actual download rather than a browser plugin. This supposedly identifies the driver I need, which it downloads, and I do the express install. I reboot my machine, and then get the exact same notification from Catalyst. Checking therein, I see I'm still running the 13.1 driver, and not the new 13.12 one.

The next time a member of the PC Gaming Master Race asks what a console can do that his PC can't, tell him that it lets you play games, instead of waste your time, dicking around with stupid shit like this. Once in a while, I start up my 360 and get a notification that there is a system update. This usually takes around 30 seconds, and boom, I'm up and gaming again.

Things I have never had to do on a console to get a game to work (some of these are old school):

  • Make a boot disk
  • Fiddle around with levels of system, XMS, and EMS memory
  • Memorize the IRQ, DMA, and port of my sound card
  • Hunt around the Internet for a driver
  • Hunt around the Internet for a patch
  • Have a game not work because my system has the wrong number of bits
  • Set the affinity of my processors because a game gets confused if there are too many cores

Spend an hour reading through forums to find some obscure trick that will make a game function, some nonsense like typing "/wf -p -f" after the shortcut.

And don't tell me it's because I just need to know computers better. Getting a game to work should not require any special expertise. Consoles have PC beat on convenience. The end.

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