A Big Thanks to Lifehacker and Their Community

An interesting thing happened to my gaming PC this year. It started showing its age (I’d be much obliged if you at least feign shock). I began to notice the symptoms the moment I powered up Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm for the first time. My frame rate was consistently plummeting to around 20 frames per second. I was flabbergasted. Why would this be happening, I thought, when Wings of Liberty ran (with the same graphics settings, mind you) at around 60FPS or better?

Then came BioShock Infinite. The (sort-of) in-game performance utility defaulted me to high (very high? something better than medium, anyway) settings and measured an average 40 frames per second. Definitely playable, I thought. Except once I started playing, the game dropped to sub-20 every time a gunfight broke out.

Finally, I fired up the Company of Heroes 2 beta. I should quickly mention here that the original CoH, arguably the greatest RTS in the history of the genre, is one of the best games that I never played. I own it (collector’s edition tin and all), but it launched at the end of my Alienware Area-51’s lifespan. I saw my friends playing the game and it looked so pretty with its vibrant and colorful explosions and detailed units and environments. Mine looked . . . grey and, maybe, brown. Anyway, I’ve been excited to play CoH2 with a system that would actually make the game look decent. But alas, the game defaulted me to sub-medium graphical settings and the game looked, well, white.

I knew it was time for an upgrade, but with a limited budget, I wasn’t sure which component needed the investment. As always, I figured my best bet was the GPU (I was rocking two Radeon HD 5750s), but I wasn’t entirely convinced that was the case. I took to the Internet for advice. I wanted to know how to properly diagnose my PC woes. My cries for help, however, were left unanswered. That is, until I sent a desperate email to Lifehacker.

Lifehacker┬áresponded by featuring my message in their “What’s Your Problem” article series. Check it out! You will find there, right below the Photoshopped stock image, my name. It was a proud moment for me. Seriously, I may be sounding hyperbolic, but I was beaming even while I realized I had outed myself as a total hardware newb. Within minutes, the Lifehacker community had swarmed to my rescue in a way that only they can.

I’ll get back to you on what the outcome of their support was, but for now, I just want to make my gratitude known to Lifehacker. Thanks guys. Keep on improving the world one hack at a time.

12 thoughts on “A Big Thanks to Lifehacker and Their Community

  1. Justin Fisher

    I love Lifehacker, and it’s community seems like one that would be not only helpful, but likely to avoid the criticism, vulgarity, and trolling that you may find on other communities. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  2. Solid Snake

    If only you could get Kojima to respond to you….. Speaking of which, you gonna fork out the $50 and buy Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection in July?

    1. Ashton

      One day, I will have a response from Kojima. Just you wait and see. As for the HD collection, I’m thinking I’ll pass. I’ve purchased most of those games so many times already, I can’t really justify the expense. I have been thinking, however, that it’s nearly time to play through the entire series again in anticipation of MGS5. What about you?

      1. Solid Snake

        I’m only tempted to buy it because of the digital novels, but I’m tempted to at least play Snake Eater again because that’s my favorite Metal Gear.

        1. Ashton Post author

          Oh, does it include the digital graphic novels? I have the first one on PSP and thought it was pretty cool. Definitely fun to read through now and again. As for Snake Eater, it’s easily my favorite game in the series. I actually like Solid Snake as a character more than Boss, but MGS3 just can’t be beat. From there, it’s probably a tie between MGS1 and MGS4.

  3. Solid Snake

    Yeah, I agree that its a tie between MGS and MGS4. MGS2 is only good on the Tanker level, after that, well it sucks because………Raiden.

    1. Ashton Post author

      I used to think that too, but my mind changed a little the last time I played MGS2. It’s still probably near the bottom of my list as far as MGS games are concerned, but it’s still a great game. I totally agree that Raiden works best as a supporting character (he was way cooler in MGS4 than he was in either Rising or MGS2), but there was something super-sweet about seeing Snake from another character’s perspective. One of my favorite scenes in the game is the confrontation between Solidus, Raiden, and Snake on the Big Shell bridge because Snake truly feels like a legendary hero.

    1. Ashton Post author

      Nah. I’ll admit that I feel like I should because it’s a Metal Gear game, but I just haven’t found the motivation. I’ve got so much on my plate that I haven’t been able to justify clearing room for it. Now that it’s all said and done, what were your final opinions on the game?

  4. Solid Snake

    I felt that it was a great rental, but I would never want to own it. I also felt like they only put Metal Gear in the title because Raiden was in it. Sure there is stealth in the game, but if you can’t crawl, crouch, or slowly walk up to someone and then stun them, it’s NOT a Metal Gear game. Honestly it felt more like Bayonetta.

    Oh and how about the E3 reveal about who is going to voice Snake? I have a feeling Hayter and Kojima have been mindscrewing people again…

    1. Ashton Post author

      Right, I definitely got a Bayonetta vibe from the demo. As for E3, I’m almost positive we’re going to see Hayter return. I have a feeling that there will be multiple Snakes in this game (Big Boss and Solid?) and I am almost positive that Hayter will voice one of them. Boss was voiced by Richard Doyle (who also played The Fury) in MGS4, so it’s not like Hayter’s always played his voice. I just can’t imagine anyone else playing Solid Snake.

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