For as long as I can remember, my computer has been on the very edge of technology.Â It has always been just a few steps away from being obsolete, and I wouldnâ€™t have it any other way.
Thatâ€™s a lie, I would have it another way and I intend to very soon, but itâ€™s a convenient lie that makes me feel special, or at least that itâ€™s on purpose.
I remember being very excited about the release of â€śLemmings 2â€ť, not really because it was an amazing game; it wasnâ€™t, they tried to improve the originalâ€™s purity by adding in more pointless skills in what was to become my first experience with something suffering from feature creep, but it was a game that would run on the family computer.Â This was a time where every (very large) game box I picked up had the words â€śrequires a 386 or higherâ€ť that disheartened me so much to the point that I believe â€ś386 or higherâ€ť became a running joke with my parents because it had become one of those stupid borderline meaningless phrases that I thought might have more meaning than it did.
Iâ€™ve always bought and built middle of the range PCs (because to go for the most technologically advanced is a fools errand for anyone that needs their money to eat) and always found myself very quickly having to trick it in to playing certain games, but lately Iâ€™ve found a few titles manage to run below the recommended specifications that they list.
What this boils down to is a very roundabout and drop-in-the-ocean love letter to Blizzard and Starcraft 2, which has listed on the back of the box â€ś2.6 GHz or Higherâ€ť and yet runs perfectly well (with perfectly meaning all the graphical settings reduced to zero) on my barely-scraping-2.3GHz-if-I-had-the-guts-to-overclock-it-but-last-time-I-tried-something-like-that-there-was-fire-so-closer-to-2.2 machine.
The game itself is fantastic (the description â€śchess on steroidsâ€ť is apt), the design is near flawless, the multiplayer is fair and challenging, and the single player storyline has accurately been described as â€śsomething a twelve year old would enjoyâ€ť which makes me feel guilty for enjoying it so much, because I suspect theyâ€™re right.Â The fact that Blizzard have spent the time to ensure that it will run smoothly on a machine that is now pushing six years old is unbelievable and a testament to their professionalism.
The first thing that popped into my head when I got Starcraft 2 working however was â€śI wonder if Sim City 2000 WOULD have worked on the 286 after all and why didnâ€™t I at least try?â€ť.Â Maybe the lesson here is I should stop believing everything I read. Â Maybe itâ€™s that the more things change the more they stay the same.Â Maybe itâ€™s that I ramble about things nobody is interested in when Iâ€™m hungry.Â Regardless, technology is ever evolving, but itâ€™s refreshing to see that not everyone is trying to dismiss everything thatâ€™s for the most part considered obsolete.