February 23, 2007
If you’ve been following my blog you already know I recently acquired a used IBM T60 laptop with Vista Ultimate. And, if you’ve been paying attention, you also know Vista keeps surpassing my expectations. Tonight I decided to test out a popular and “modern” PC game. I think everyone can agree that (at the time of this posting) Doom3 is a modern and popular game. It’s probably not the most sophisticated, but I don’t own a ‘gaming’ laptop I just want to see what the average gamer should expect. ..And, to be honest I just wanted to see if Vista would crash. Almost any game sent my old XP laptop straight to the Blue Screen of Death or into horribly jerky game play.
Now, I typically play video games while I’m waiting for long downloads and don’t want to be distracted. For example, I’m coding some software and I need to download an SDK. My mind is full of the code, and I don’t want to lose that. Playing a video game, for some reason, doesn’t disrupt that memory. In fact, if I don’t play a game I might get distracted and switch my focus to something else.
So to make this test realistic I opened a ton of other apps. One instance of Visual Studio, about 10 Internet Explorer windows, Windows Mail, Windows Calendar, started a file download and tuned in some Eminem on Windows Media Center (it seemed like Doom3 material).
Then I clicked the little Doom3 icon and, to my amazement, I could play in high definition faster than my XBox plays Halo 2. And that was with all the software I listed above running in the background. To be honest, I don’t think Windows noticed Doom3 was running. I suspect my nifty FireGL card had something to do with it, and I’m sure my 3GB of 667Mhz SO-DIMM’s did help with those large texture maps…but seriously, this wasn’t an expensive laptop.
Anywayz, I love playing games again. Now I’ll never be bored or get distracted while I’m waiting for a download, compiler, etc. It’s nice being able to truly multitask, and it’s nice that my audio from Windows Media comes through during game play. I usually prefer listening to my music over the game’s soundtrack.
So, here’s a screenshot of some yummy Doom 3 carnage. Looking at the picture I chose made me wonder…Is this type of thing wrong to enjoy?