Mike, I had to laugh when I read your post. I, too, enjoy a blazing game of
FreeCell while waiting on things to print, mail to be delivered, pages to
load, etc... keep speaking for the "silent majority"
> "mikeg" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> > The night of the Vista retail release I went around a well-known computer
> > store trying out Vista on several desktop and laptop computers including a
> > high-end Core 2 Duo machine with 2GB of RAM and 512MB video RAM and even
> > tried a 64-bit PC.
> > Among other things I played built-in games like FreeCell and Hearts. To my
> > surprise the games felt sluggish on all these PC's. Most likely developers
> > have throttled back display animation so you can see card movements more
> > clearly on modern super-fast processors. The new timing forces you to wait
> > a
> > couple seconds (it feels like an eternity) for the computer to deal the
> > next
> > hand, etc. The effect is highly annoying for those of us who are
> > accustomed
> > to absent-mindedly blazing through games as fast as we can click.
> > This will probably annoy the "silent majority" that uses Windows mainly
> > for
> > things other than games, but frequently open FreeCell or Hearts for quick
> > entertainment when bored, waiting for something to finish, etc. (Now I
> > proclaim to be the spokesperson for this silent majority. The tactic works
> > in
> > politics...might as well try it here right? ;-)
> I worked a launch event at a large electronics retailer and in my opinion
> the way the computers were set up was a great disservice to Microsoft, Vista
> and HP. There was so much add on software running in the background ( to
> promote store diagnostic and repair services) plus new computer software
> registration wizards running that even premium machines did not perform
> well. What I can tell you from personal experience is that the games in
> Vista fly on a home computer.