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I find it wierd how my old computer can run games like Warhammer Online, WoW, Guild Wars, and some others, but when it comes to some games it says I can't play because it requires shader 2.0. I have a geforce2 mx400 in it. I think it's a whole money thing with teh gaming industry. Warhammer online and Guild Wars both use Shaders (it has it in the video options to adjust it). I tried Age of Conan, and it starts up then crashes about 5 seconds at log in screen, due to lack of memory, but it still starts!
So why is it some games that use shaders that i can play and others i can't...it's fishy? I know that shaders do actually do something, it makes the game look alot more realistic, but for it to be required is a scam. In the games listed above, when a shader is used on my new computer, it's just pixelated on my old computer, but it's still very playable...just doesn't look as good.
Now I know you're asking, where's the scam part? Well, i'll tell ya! The industry comes out with these new technologies, that are soon a required thing to play their games (not all, but like 90% of the games in the past 5 years require a shader support). Thus you have to spend your money on updating your gpu in order to play. When otherwise you could use a 10 year old computer (I got my old computer back in Feb '00), to play modern day games.