I'm pissed at Asus.
I'm not mad because someone released a cheat program. I accept the fact that such things are inevitable in a world of information sharing and resources.
I am mad that a Video Card manufacturer created this program. It sends a message to the gaming community, "Buy our hardware or you will LOSE."
I own an Asus V7700 and I feel really betrayed. Honestly I would return it if I hadn't bought it on the internet and spent 3 weeks fine tuning it to my linux system.
Here's the clip from RivaStation because I don't know where the original PR is:
Taiwan, Taipei July 18, 2000: ASUSTeK Computer, Inc. announces its new secrete weapon for AGP-V7700 and AGP-V7100
series graphics cards - the 3D SeeThrough TM technologies. "ASUS always provides the best value for our customers." said
Jonathan Tsang, vice president of marketing and sales division of ASUSTeK Computer Inc. "The ASUS 3D SeeThrough TM
technologies are developed for users to be a constant winner in the adventure or action 3D games. There are three special
weapons for ASUS VGA cards' users - Transparent View, Wireframe View, and Extra Light. If you do not have an ASUS VGA
card - be careful! Never compete in the 3D games with anyone who has an ASUS VGA card. Because the only result is to loose."
Good lord! How the hell did this guy get to be vice president of marketing? I'm more appalled than enthralled. Plus his attempt at drama makes me wanna kick his ass.
Taking a step back for a second, I can see how this approach might work. Your average young Joe Gamer will think to himself, "The Asus card lets me cheat in DeathMatch? Cool, lets get that one!" On the other hand I can foresee a terrible backlash from the gaming community directed at Asus. I'm not sure which force will be stronger.
Either this is a calculated gamble by Asus or an incredibly stupid move in lower management. I tend to think its the former.
Anyone else have insight?
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