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General pessimism in regard to recommended specs?

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Why does there seem to be a general pessimism about recommended specs for games nowadays?

I saw OC3D's facebook page share Forza Horizon 3's specs and everyone was slating it - cue chants of "cheap console port"

The recommendation was a GTX1060+12GB for 1080p play.
I can only assume the 12GB is due to Forza Horizon's gameplay, with a large free roam area and high speed travel, item pop-in would suck.. But a 1060 for 1080p seems pretty reasonable to me.

Am I wrong or does this seem to be a thing?
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When I see low spec recommendations (not just requirements, but recommended specs), I like to think it's because the game is optimized very well.

 

I'm finally seeing with my own eyes what optimization can really do for a game's performance on the same hardware, meaning being completely un-optimized vs. being VERY optimized. There a new game being made called Overload (http://playoverload.com/). I backed at a very high pledge level for their Kickstarter, and so far I have collected 12 different builds from them:

 

7 different builds of their Playable Teaser,

2 builds for their August 2016 Demo (one was a test, and the other is the final build for it)

3 test builds for the demo they're developing for their trip to PAX West.

 

I recently went through a nostalgic trip and played all of the builds above starting with the very first one, and let me tell you, omg... a couple of these builds had changes that made my system tank horribly and really worked my GPU very hard, and then they fixed it for the next build and the game ran like butter.

 

So it's amazing to me what optimization can do. I don't know how they fixed it or what optimization entails, but I just know that it made the game become much easier on my system (temps were lower and the framerates were far higher).

 

That's why when I see low recommended specs, I want to believe the game has been optimized very well. I'm not going to be like everyone else and say, "oh noes a console port". Why be like that? heh

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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (OS) 3 TB Toshiba P300 (storage) Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate Basic, but premium round 
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