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#147647 - 05/22/07 01:23 PM Re: What Video card do you have? [Re: DREAMWEB]
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I'm very happy with my ATI Radeon X1950 Pro, with 512MB Ram, v 3.0 shader support (http://ati.amd.com/products/RadeonX1950/x1950pro_specs.html).

I like 2.5D (Diablo-esque) and 3D (Tomb Raider-like), but not 1st person 3D (Quake, etc).

I also have no current plans to upgrade my video card, this one being only five months old.

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#147649 - 05/22/07 01:31 PM Re: What Video card do you have? [Re: gremlin]
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Originally Posted By: gremlin
I like 2.5D (Diablo-esque)

With 2.5D I mean games like The Longest Journey or Syberia

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#147707 - 05/22/07 03:03 PM Re: What Video card do you have? [Re: DREAMWEB]
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ATI RADEON 9200 AGP 8X/4X Works great in both my XP and Win98 computers. laugh

Havn't a clue about "shaders".
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#147772 - 05/22/07 04:34 PM Re: What Video card do you have? [Re: BillyBob]
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Thanks Butcher!

Just out of curiosity Dreamweb, have you read the non-fiction book "DMT Spirit Molecule" by Rick Strassman M.D. about his clinical research?
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#147829 - 05/22/07 06:51 PM Re: What Video card do you have? [Re: Rushes]
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GeForce FX5200
Have no idea what shaders are - the website says something about CineFX Shader
Do not plan on buying any graphics card in near future
2D or 3D doesn't matter to me as long as I can easily get around without being nauseous.

If anyone has a place for me to go to find out about shaders, I would love it.

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#147842 - 05/22/07 07:13 PM Re: What Video card do you have? [Re: DREAMWEB]
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I currently have a Radeon 1950XT (256MB) which works just fine. It supports Shader v. 3.0 and DirectX 9.0c (but not 10, sadly.) I'd never have bought the card, but it was an RMA for a malfunctioning 1900GT, so I can't complain.

I don't plan to buy another card any time soon, at least until games come out that require something better.

For pure adventure games, I've yet to see a true 3D interface that really works. The new Sam & Max does very nicely by combining 3D with a point-and-click interface, but cheats by using a mostly stationary camera--the same method used (less successfully) in Ankh. So I'm not entirely convinced full-3D works for third-person adventure games--at least not yet. But I prefer the quasi-3D look of Sam & Max or Runaway 2 to the strictly 2D games of yesteryear.
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#147866 - 05/22/07 08:29 PM Re: What Video card do you have? [Re: DREAMWEB]
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Hey Dreamweb:

I currently have a Radeon 9250 128mb pci card (it's a lower end graphics card which has been working well so far)

Yes, it supports transition and lighting - if that's what you mean by "shader" - it comes fully loaded with 4 pixel shader pipeline and it's own trademark "Smartshade" technology (I guess most of their cards have that).

Yes, I plan on upgrading my graphics card in the next year! happydance

I prefer both 2.5D and 3D - just depends on how good the game is! thumbsup
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#147868 - 05/22/07 08:38 PM Re: What Video card do you have? [Re: Renee]
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Shader models is another way of graphics engine and some cards cannot play certain games which do not support the shader model they are using. For example Splinter Cell Chaos Theory had Shader Model 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 support, whereas Splinter Cell Double Agent only had 3.0 support, so users with card which didn't support 3.0 and upwards couldn't play the game.
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#147936 - 05/23/07 12:42 AM Re: What Video card do you have? [Re: DREAMWEB]
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7600GS with shader support and it works great for a budget card.
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#148023 - 05/23/07 07:27 AM Re: What Video card do you have? [Re: nickie]
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Originally Posted By: nickie
Thanks Butcher!

Just out of curiosity Dreamweb, have you read the non-fiction book "DMT Spirit Molecule" by Rick Strassman M.D. about his clinical research?

No, I have not... Is it interesting?


Edited by DREAMWEB (05/23/07 07:28 AM)

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#148037 - 05/23/07 07:46 AM Re: What Video card do you have? [Re: DREAMWEB]
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I would also like to know more about this book! Like what is a "DMT Spirit Molecule"? Is that spirit as in ghost or soul or as in a spirited personality? What kind of clinic?


Edited by sierramindy (05/23/07 07:49 AM)
Edit Reason: Accidentally added a lot of empty space to post.
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#148087 - 05/23/07 09:43 AM Re: What Video card do you have? [Re: sierramindy]
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Info on book
Found this for you wave
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#148219 - 05/23/07 02:12 PM Re: What Video card do you have? [Re: DREAMWEB]
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Originally Posted By: DREAMWEB
Originally Posted By: gremlin
I like 2.5D (Diablo-esque)

With 2.5D I mean games like The Longest Journey or Syberia


Not wanting to get into a big argument about this, but TLJ and Syberia are definitely 3D, whereas Diablo is 2.5D ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2.5D

I think the distinction you're looking for is 'first-person' (Doom/Quake/Half-Life) vs. 'second-person' (Tomb Raider) vs. 'third-person' 3D (Syberia, TLJ).

Gremlin


Edited by gremlin (05/23/07 02:14 PM)
Edit Reason: more info

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#148287 - 05/23/07 05:10 PM Re: What Video card do you have? [Re: DREAMWEB]
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From the wikipedia article on 2.5D:

Quote:
The term is also used [...] where gameplay is restricted to a 2D plane while the display uses 3D graphics and 3D models.


From what I remember of both games, that description seems to fit TLJ and Syberia pretty well.
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#148297 - 05/23/07 05:37 PM Re: What Video card do you have? [Re: Demosthenes]
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Winfrey, many, many thanks for the link to the book. It was very interesting reading and completely answered all my questions on DMT and on the research for the book.
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