Game Developer, Stardock
and whole new PC
Published on June 24, 2008 By CharlesLentz In GalCiv Journals

So for those of you that don't know, I work at Stardock, on the game team.  On July 19th, I will have been here for 2 years.  So far, I've worked on GC2 Dark Avatar, GC2 Twilight of the Arnor, Political Machine 2008, and our unannounced fantasy TBS game. 

Our team is pretty small, but I'm neither the newest game developer, nor one of the more senior ones.  I guess I'm somewhat of the middle child.

Anyway, while working on PM2008, I had complained that my video card sucked.  I don't know how much it sucked in comparison to other team members, I just knew that I wanted to get a better one.

I mentioned it to the right person, and 3 weeks later, I was presented with a completely new work PC - not just a new video card.  Needless to say, I was quite surprised, and very thankful.

Here's the stats:
-PROCESSOR: Intel Core 2 Quad (Q6600 @ 2.40 GHz - 4 CPUs)
-RAM: 3 GB
-OS: 32 bit Vista
-VIDEO CARD: NVidia GeForce 9600 GT

Comments (Page 1)
on Jun 24, 2008
Good system. The 9600 is a great card, and the Core 2 CPU rocks.

I'm running a very similar system, except I'm using 64 bit Vista and 6 gigs of RAM.

That new computer should serve you well . It's a great setup.
on Jun 24, 2008
Though as a gamedeveloper. That computer lacked! Though, if the experience is better then the old. Good for you Then you can continue to make good games

on Jun 24, 2008

Hey, my PC Card sucks too!

on Jun 24, 2008

very nice setup i have just updated my video card to NVidia GeForce 9600 GT and WOW  call of duty flys now i can see why every one was raving about the game now lol


32bit vista

2gig RAM

duel core 2.40


runs very nice thank you  



on Jun 24, 2008
May I suggest the NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX? In norway, this card has gone really cheap..


on Jun 24, 2008
Na, for the resolutions you'll be working at a 9600 is perfect.
on Jun 24, 2008
Hey, my PC Card sucks too!

ROFL !!!

Careful they might give you CrazyC0330's old card

on Jun 25, 2008
Curious. Why 32-bit Vista? That sort of caps your RAM at 3 gigs, so you'll have to replace again in probably less than a year.

And didn't I see a post a long while back by The Big Cheese himself complaining that Vista should have gone 64-bit only or something?

Curiouser and curiouser....
on Jun 25, 2008
depending on what your using it for, i would personally rather have a duel core with a faster clock speed than a quad (most games dont support multicore, more and more are, but thats a lot of unused power)

If you do a lot of regular multitasking though, it could be worth it.
on Jun 25, 2008
Dual Core / clock speed

They have hit a wall on practical cpu speed re heating issues, so they had no choice but to go down a multi core route to try and keep up overall processing speed. It is cheaper by far to provide a second core on silicon, than the investment currently needed to overcome a virtually impossible conundrum re physical limitations on increasing single core clock speed, due to heating effects.

Multi Core is though, a known dead end for consumer hardware. On a 2-5 year view new technologies that will overcome the immoveable laws of physics in current cpu designs, will be on stream - at that point watch multi core numbers drop through the floor.

So if you are at the software end of the pipe, your Return on Investment equation is based on a 2-5 year return, because you know multi core will go through the floor at consumer level, but dont yet know the detail of the new cpu designs coming down the pipe. Hence the number of applications that do now, or are in the works to, take advantage of more than two cores - the User Base will be too small on a 2-5 year view to make the Return on Investment worth it for most of them.

Now in the middle of this design/ROI nightmare the hardware guys are struggling with, along comes the 64 Bit hardware implications driven by the software end.... add to that a sprinkling on the desert from the software end struggling to get OEMs/Vendors to write applications, 32 bit drivers and compilers for Vista, let alone 64 Bit ones for an as yet unestablished market and unknown numbers of cpu cores as a "norm", and its not surprising that the guys accountable for a market space of Hundreds of Billions of Dollars are a little cautious.

As always there are no simple solutions, never mind anyone's favourite bandwagon, if there were they would be in place by now .... many things are technically possible, but fall over on closer scrutiny at a Business ROI level. Its always the latter where favourite bandwagons fall over ...

At the end of the day, I'm glad I am just the end user who uses this stuff, and not actually be accountable to work out the route through the related Business minefield to get it to me

on Jun 25, 2008
Does that mean that if I complain I get a better computer as well??
on Jun 25, 2008
No kidding. My computer sucks and come to think of it so does my wife's I wont even go into the kids computers as they get the handmedowns from us

Hell I will even shed a few croc tears along with the complaining   

on Jun 25, 2008
That's pretty nice, not overkill, but nice. I'm saving for a new computer this summer. It's a lot cheaper if you build it yourself. So it's going to have a 9800 gtx, intel q6600(2.4 ghz), and other nice stuff. I know it might be a little bit overkill for the moment, but seeing as how i only get a new computer every 4 years, it's good.
on Jun 25, 2008
I'm actually glad that Stardock doesn't buy thier game developers teh very top of the line.

Most of us users don't have that kind of rig and I think sometimes development house forget that.

Enjoy the new toy!
on Jun 25, 2008

Nice. I was gonna get a Q6600 as well but settled on a E6850 instead because its all you really need for today's games.

Eventually games will use more than 2 cores but when that time comes, it'd be time to upgrade the CPU anyways.

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