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Seems like the same problem described in the other thread about software developers avoiding Vista. Valve is waiting for their user base to make the first move, which is probably never going to happen.
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A buddy of mine was still gaming on a relic machine so he could play the orginal CS and mud. He had no desire to upgrade, nor do I see any reason for him to in the near future. There are many people in his spot.

I "gave" him my old 6600 GT so he could play newer games and now he switches between WoW and CS... yay big improvement..

~R
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It should also be noted that this is 10% of steam gamers. This is not at all representative of computer users, and isn't even a good representation of PC gamers
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-nevermind-
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I honestly find it hard to believe these statistics and it really depends on what kind of criteria they are using.

If I play Maplestory or Runescape, am I considered a gamer? If so, then this analysis is null. The fact that 51% of the sample is still using a single core CPU shows there is something wrong when in the current market, single core CPUs hardly even exist anymore (in fact, considering the E1200 Celeron is dual core at $55, they don't).

I also refuse to believe that 41% of users still use AMD solutions when even the OEM providers of pre-built computers have stopped using them.

This market research seems to be conducted on last years information (or even the year before) and I would take it with a half grain of salt.
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I honestly find it hard to believe these statistics and it really depends on what kind of criteria they are using.

If I play Maplestory or Runescape, am I considered a gamer? If so, then this analysis is null. The fact that 51% of the sample is still using a single core CPU shows there is something wrong when in the current market, single core CPUs hardly even exist anymore (in fact, considering the E1200 Celeron is dual core at $55, they don't).

I also refuse to believe that 41% of users still use AMD solutions when even the OEM providers of pre-built computers have stopped using them.

This market research seems to be conducted on last years information (or even the year before) and I would take it with a half grain of salt.
What is being sold today is hardly representative of the hardware that is out there. The average PC is a few years old - when AMD was stomping on netburst and dual core was just emerging
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What is being sold today is hardly representative of the hardware that is out there. The average PC is a few years old - when AMD was stomping on netburst and dual core was just emerging
Again, this then begs the question, what is a gamer? I presume gamers to play some moderately contemporary titles and I just cannot see a 3-4 year old PC playing newer games.

Maybe the distinction needs to be made between casual and enthusiast gamers then because this seems to be a broad overview of the general computer owning population.
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What is being sold today is hardly representative of the hardware that is out there. The average PC is a few years old - when AMD was stomping on netburst and dual core was just emerging
Right on the money. Alot of these systems are just pre-built with a graphic card and some more ram thrown in it.
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Again, this then begs the question, what is a gamer? I presume gamers to play some moderately contemporary titles and I just cannot see a 3-4 year old PC playing newer games.

Maybe the distinction needs to be made between casual and enthusiast gamers then because this seems to be a broad overview of the general computer owning population.
In this case it's people who clicked yes when steam asked them if they wanted to take part in the survey.

I'll say it again - this is a voluntary survey of steam users. At best it gives a rough estimate of what steam users have under the hood. It is absolutely not representative of gamers, pc users, or any other group that you might want to attribute the results to
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Hmm.... so 90% of Steam users have out-of-date systems.

HA! (j/k)

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