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Can your computer run a particular game? System Requirements Lab has the answer!
posted by Pope Guilty (22 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
PC only, and asks me to sign something. No thanks.
posted by lazaruslong at 9:14 PM on January 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


No problem for me. I ran it on a Windows machine that I use only for gaming.

Machine: iMac 2.4GHz w/ 2GB RAM
OS: Windows Vista via Boot Camp
Game: Bioshock, which I just bought yesterday and haven't installed yet.
Result: pass

If this were a machine that I ever typed a credit card number into: no way in hell would I have done this.
posted by neuron at 9:21 PM on January 13, 2008


Sign something?
posted by Pope Guilty at 9:27 PM on January 13, 2008


Every single test I tried came up as "Unknown". Except the soundcard test, which complained that it couldn't determine the version number of the driver. OMG the PC of MYSTERY!
posted by Jimbob at 9:29 PM on January 13, 2008


Apparently I can't play Portal and have about half the minimum requirements to play it. News to me.
posted by flatluigi at 9:38 PM on January 13, 2008


Pope Guilty: "Sign something?"

Yeah: "Before and System Requirements Lab can analyze this computer you need to give your permission to download an ActiveX or Java Plug-in component called SysReqLab.cab or SRLApplet from Husdawg, LLC."
posted by flatluigi at 9:39 PM on January 13, 2008


Cool idea, but I don't think it works. It wrongly told me I have two processors, but that's just hyperthreading, not two real procs. It said I could run Half Life 2; however, I have crappy onboard Intel graphics that slowed to a crawl during certain points in the demo.
posted by wastelands at 9:55 PM on January 13, 2008


also, http://www.readyforcrysis.com

you gotta send yourself an email (the mailer appears to be pretty slow) to get into the site. it's a flash site that uses the applet to decide which video to show, depending on your hardware configuration.

the applet/axtivex is harmless, but if you use IE, you'll have to use add/remove programs to get rid of it.

(yes, i coded readyforcrysis.com, but i do not work for Nvidia or Crysis)
posted by klanawa at 10:06 PM on January 13, 2008


... or Husdawg
posted by klanawa at 10:07 PM on January 13, 2008


PC only

Not really seeing the problem there.
posted by Artw at 10:07 PM on January 13, 2008 [2 favorites]


This must be a hoax.
posted by Avenger50 at 10:50 PM on January 13, 2008


After declining the applet Firefox crashed with an error message I'd never seen before.
posted by aerotive at 11:48 PM on January 13, 2008


Declining the applet hung Firefox.
posted by Ryvar at 12:27 AM on January 14, 2008


I'm puzzled, I've been playing with it and getting accurate results based on games I have and have tried, and the specs it's been giving me about my own computer are accurate. *shrug* Sorry, folks.
posted by Pope Guilty at 1:05 AM on January 14, 2008


Don't be sorry Pope. I checked a few games out for this new laptop and it seemed like a useful site.
Now if someone would just come up with a Java applet that would predict how your FPP would be received by Mefites.
posted by archaic at 3:48 AM on January 14, 2008


This is an excellent idea. I can no longer keep track of the various video card requirements and I can't count high enough to keep track of how many demos run with lesser requirements than the actual games.

Non console gaming is getting to be too much of a PITA.
posted by srboisvert at 4:40 AM on January 14, 2008


Why would anyone need this site? Don't you guys buy a new $5000 computer every month? What's wrong with you?
posted by blue_beetle at 7:31 AM on January 14, 2008


I hate this site and this post because this stupid site refuses to upgrade my computer enough to run Bioshock. I mean, we can put a man on the moon, but I can't download a decent graphics card? WHAT. THE. FUCK. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS LAB.
posted by Rock Steady at 8:32 AM on January 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


Heh. I was actually a bit annoyed when my new computer, with pretty decent memory and processor and a decent graphics card (an 8600) still refused to run Bioshock at a decent framerate until I dropped the screen resolution to something like 768x480. It's still outrageously pretty, but really for full effect that game needs to be run on an absurdly powerful system.
posted by Artw at 9:50 AM on January 14, 2008


Went back and tried using IE. It worked fine and it would seem that my computer would only need a modest video card upgrade to run World In Conflict.
posted by aerotive at 9:52 AM on January 14, 2008


I hate this site and this post because this stupid site refuses to upgrade my computer enough to run Bioshock. I mean, we can put a man on the moon, but I can't download a decent graphics card? WHAT. THE. FUCK. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS LAB.

Hey, give it a couple of decades' worth of advances in rapid prototyping...
posted by Pope Guilty at 11:32 AM on January 14, 2008


Apparently I can't play Warcraft on my work PC. Which is a damn shame.
posted by davros42 at 5:14 PM on January 14, 2008


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