Still playing with my Vista install although I haven’t put as much time yet in to it as I would have liked. There are some definite issues with this install. First off, I’m having major sound issues. Any 3d spatial sound seems REAL flakey. My moving the camera I can hear or stop hearing certain sounds. It sounds very obviously wrong and is a huge drawback to games. This affects Crysis. It also affected Bioshock until I enabled it’s EAX compliance. Alchemy does nothing. You can see here that I’ve been trying DX10 games. The other issue is that the machine is a memory hog. Vista sucks down memory like there’s no tomorrow and it makes 4G look very reasonable.
The list of supported DX10 games is very small. Smaller than I thought really. I have been able to notice some DX10 features. Yeah, it looks a little better. But the reduced framerates sorta mean I have to run with a bit less resolution. Especially in STALKER Clear Sky. I have 7 DX10 capable games as it stands.
The biggest frustration I’m feeling right now though is not being able to download Warhammer Online which means I need to run to the store tomorrow to get it. Sure, you can download it from Direct2Drive but I hate IGN as a company after the billing nightmare I had with them a couple years ago. They will not get my business. The other issue with D2D is the inability to install the game as often as you want. Steam is great. It provides patches and updates. It also allows you to install the game as often as you need on machines if you blow away the OS as I just did. D2D makes you call their customer service department to reactivate a game after 1-2 installs. This is retarded. It can take over 24h for the reset to even happen.
Or, I’ll buy it at the store tomorrow for the same price and I can install it as many times as I want. I suspect I won’t even need the DVD to play the game.
Also FYI, today I installed brake pads for the first time. Big step for me :D