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What does this mean in terms of a game production?

like this thread
http://www.overclock.net/t/1473585/vg-watch-dogs-minimum-pc-specs-released


this post.
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Originally Posted by frickfrock999 View Post

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http://www.vg247.com/2014/03/12/watch-dogs-minimum-pc-specs-released/
At this point, people fall into 2 camps. teaching.gif

1. The group that says this is way too high for minimum specs and game is probably poorly optimized.

2. The group that says this is expected because WD is a next-gen title.

Which camp are you?

also someone also ssaid that COD ghost is "poorly optimized" but i dont udnerstand what that means.
post #2 of 16
lol.. I don't see the prob with those specs.. id agree with next gen guys. I mean jeeze some of the rendering in these new games would have taken a super computer 10 years ago to run and still wouldn't have been this detailed...haha
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It means (typically) a game developer designed a game for consoles, and then released a terrible port for PC. An example is Skyrim, the game is very intensive on AI and scripting. That is a huge CPU task, but since they didn't bother to optimize it for PC, it only runs on two cores.

It can also mean that the development team didn't try to hard to make the game run on modern hardware. It may use old coding, or may not work well with current drivers. It could also be that the game uses extra system power because they didn't want to trim out unnecessary code.
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Poorly coded for the platform; inefficient use of the hardware. Basically, needs strong hardware but still runs/looks like ****. In the case of many games (and probably CoD), it was made for consoles first and then quickly ported to PC as an afterthought.
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Originally Posted by iHaveOCd View Post

What does this mean in terms of a game production?

like this thread
http://www.overclock.net/t/1473585/vg-watch-dogs-minimum-pc-specs-released


this post.
also someone also ssaid that COD ghost is "poorly optimized" but i dont udnerstand what that means.

Just a few examples:

- Frame skipping/stuttering
- Framerate drops
- No correlation between performance and graphics quality. For example: Arma 2, performance is absolutely abysmal there (~20s/30s FPS maxed out) and the graphics aren't even all that great, so it shouldn't be running like that given the graphics you're getting. Crysis 3 being the complete opposite of that, Battlefield 4 falls in that category as well.
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fpr optimization think windows vista compared to windows 7.. both are essentially the same OS, but vista was a resource hogg. im not a software guru but it has todo with the way the coding is set-up for the cpu ang gpu to process it.
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These guys are listing effects of poor optimization. I've listed the cause.
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Poorly coded for the platform; inefficient use of the hardware. Basically, needs strong hardware but still runs/looks like ****. In the case of many games (and probably most certainly CoD), it was made for consoles first and then quickly ported to PC as an afterthought.

This is generally what most people mean. CoD Ghosts shows this, not running nearly as smoothly as it should despite its average visuals.
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It means (typically) a game developer designed a game for consoles, and then released a terrible port for PC. An example is Skyrim, the game is very intensive on AI and scripting. That is a huge CPU task, but since they didn't bother to optimize it for PC, it only runs on two cores.

It can also mean that the development team didn't try to hard to make the game run on modern hardware. It may use old coding, or may not work well with current drivers. It could also be that the game uses extra system power because they didn't want to trim out unnecessary code.

what does this phrase mean?
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what does this phrase mean?

It means they designed the game to be run on consoles, and then brought it over to make it run on PC.
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