- May 15, 2006
[H]are people often have some sort of chronic disconnect from the reality. There are many normal mates out there playing just fine with less powerful systems. Ylnot everyone is playing at 4k 144fps of 1440p 300fps. Most people are quite happy with 60fps. And 1080p. Or 720p. Sometimes.
Yea, I'm still gaming at 1080p and 60fps is a nice goal. Still rocking the old GTX1070 (which broke, then came back to life...). I'm happy with how things are, but they could be better. It's not a disconnect from reality. A lot of us got that attitude from the old days of overclocking/editing config files/whatever from back in the day trying to get 1-2 fps more out of the game. Where some little tweak could make a visual and noticeable difference. Or where we could increase it enough to take the graphics settings from medium to high.
Now, we just go from 80fps to 85fps at 4k. It's more of a flex than anything. But, we just have that same attitude. "It's good, but we can do better!". We see it in benchmarks, not an actual noticeable difference (for the most part, sometimes it's very noticeable). That's just how it goes with tweaking and playing around. It's not a necessity, it's just part of the hobby. Like with cars. We put that NOS sticker on there for that extra 2 HP. We do all sorts of things to our cars that really don't make much difference, but it's just fun and you get that extra little whatever out of it (better sound, better responsiveness, whatever... we may or may not notice a difference, but it's fun).
For a lot of those things (no one NEEDS a xxx core), I replace it with different other hobbies. No one needs more than 150 horsepower. No one needs more than 100 rounds of ammo. No one needs more than a kilo of coke. You don't need another 6TB drive for more porn. Say that to the people that enjoy those hobbies, and it's fightin' time. You're right. For someone not into the hobby, you may not need any of that (except, you always need more ammo. Always.). For someone that is in it, though, yes. They need it all.