Originally posted by Matsu
I don't think gaming is as inconsequetial as some pretend. The hardcore, which I don't understand, will buy the stuff first, when it costs the most, but a lot of other people buy the stuff later on, as it drops in price, and they use it to play games. The market is big enough that everyone in hollywood notices, your politicians notice, and market forcasters/analysts brokers notice when, for example, nVidia is set to release nv-35. That equates to making them a play of the day on the basis of gamer response to the product, and the inevitable trickle down. "Gaming" is more than just the hardcore, gotta have it first set, it's kind of a default performance branding that moves a lot of parts into consumers homes in the months that follow (whether they "game" or not) It actually has a very profound influence on the market. The only single aspect with a deeper influence on tech and communication, is porn. The unofficial "app" that trumps both, is of course, "sharing."
Do you have any quantifiable evidence here? This sounds like the same kind of bull-AHEM-hot air that we used to hear about the "information superhighway" ten years ago.
Your "trickle down" argument is weak. You could say the same thing about any intensive computer task, 3D rendering, video editing, etc...
Gaming doesn't drive any market besides the gaming market. Which, in case you haven't noticed, is in a deep recession right now (especially PC gaming). And did you just say that porn has a "deep influence on tech and communication"? ("I'm just doing...research, I swear!"
) I *might* accept the converse, but outside of developing increasingly annoying web ads, porn has no influence on communication or tech companies.
Let's not dress things up here. Benchmarks (and gamers) have much less influence than most people on this board seem to think. Price differential and misconceptions about compatibility are the the two main things holding back the Mac.
The PPC970 is a great leap up for traditional Mac users and techie switchers who are looking for a powerful UNIX workstation, but it's not gonna cause any mass migrations from Windows and/or the x86 world...
In 1997, when Intel was shipping Ppro-200s to Apple's dual 604e-350s, you can bet there weren't any PC users burning up message boards saying that x86 was dead, and that they could never catch up. Relax, the CPU issue is not as big as everyone seems to think it is. And whether these benchmarks are true or not, it will be resolved soon