Well here we are at the start of another monday. This is my last week at my current contract and start another IT contract next week. Heading to Budapest on thursday with my girlfiend which I'm pretty excited about.
Had the hangover from hell yesterday. Had gone shopping for some new clothes before meeting up with a few friends for....a couple of pints. Famous last words and an early morning taxi later, my girlfiend found me fast asleep on our not so large sofa! Now I know why my neck is hurting :-)
On the gaming front, I'm holding off buying anything new for the moment as I've become a graphics snob, well not really, but I'm waiting on a new graphics card and would rather start any games I buy with the upgraded settings. First purchase will be Dark Messiah, which although ran well on my current card (6800GT), I imagine it will be pretty sweet on the new card (X1900XT). I had to think long and hard regarding this card as technology is about leap beyond the average gamers current set up.
Windows Vista is about to rewrite what we can expect from games. The next couple of years are going to see a major leap forward in terms of what will be on offer in gaming technology. DirectX 10 from the amazing sample screenshots I've viewed is going to produce drool from the corners of my mouth. So you may wonder, why I've got a card which is DX9 compatible when this new technology is just around the corner?
Well there are several reasons. For a start, it's a new operating system from Microsoft. There's going to be problems to begin with until we see a few patches. Secondly, these will be the first edition of the DX10 cards and may have heating issues / noise issues / overuse of power supply due to card demands. Third, the games programmers are going to have to learn how to use these technologies. Forth will be the initial cost.
I'm gonna wait at least a year and enjoy the less shiny DX9 version of the games being released. Lets be honest, I've been using a 6800GT and have played games at 1024 x 768 for quite a while. I'm used to the not so shiny versions!