Originally Posted by Mahigan
Based on my experiences, and the backlash I've faced eventhough I was right, I would have to disagree with you on this but from a differing perspective.
Individuals are loyal to their bragging rights. If you somehow diminish the halo surrounding a product they've purchased, they see it as an attack on themselves. On their ego.
I'd say that NVIDIA is a halo brand, like Apple, whose users buy their cards (in the majority a side from hardware enthusiasts) because it's NVIDIA and a GeForce. Not because it is empirically superior.
AMD users, though some exhibit this behavior and particularly in the CPU arena, tend to be more bang for your buck consumers.
I disagree with both of you all. I think a very considerable reason why Nvidia has been dominating thus far is because of ignorance and the Gaming Media preying of such. The so-called Gaming media are shills that receiving FREE $1300 monitors from Nvidia and alot of PC Gamers simply don't know any better.
PC Gaming is primarily word-of-mouth advertisement thus you have to go to other people and ask them about what is the best parts/components for their build; hence, forums. Unfortunately, when asking other people for help/advice you expose yourself to propaganda and misinformation.
For example, alot of PC Gamers don't even know that Async Compute is actually old and always been on the consoles especially from a software perspective. Alot of PC gamers don't know what are white papers
Granted, people are intellectually lazy; however, people do defer to others for help/advice sort of like when you are driving and get lost.
Remember now, alot of gaming publishers spend more money on MARKETING
than actual DEVELOPING
; hence, these shills are getting paid, indeed.
Then you also got misinformation- people simply don't know what they are talking about. For instance, people saying that Intel's CPU with 4-cores and 8 threads (hyperthreading) is better than AMD's 8-cores CPU especially in regards to CPU-parallelism
Remember, consoles have been out before the Internet was even created, but PC Gaming is finally starting to make its mark into the Entertainment genre. Alot of PC Gamers don't have a clue what 3dFX and ATI were