WOW! AMD and Blizzard Partnership

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  1. macroduo macrumors newbie

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    AMD and Blizzard Partnership

    I don't know how AMD pulled this one off but this is a huge deal for AMD.

    I just hope it's a long term contract and involves games like Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3 one day. Having AMD in association with Blizzard is going to give it one hell of a promotional boost.
     
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  3. clevin macrumors G3

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    Blizzard never make graphic intense games....AFAIK. But anything positive AMD pulled off is good news to me.
     
  4. Chone macrumors 65816

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    This is a boost for AMD not Blizzard :p

    This is a good marketing stunt because it will attract a lot of the gullible WoW folks but in terms of providing AMD an advantage in the graphics war... not so much, Blizzard games are never demanding, Starcraft 2 is already finished in terms of engine and core gameplay as far as I enough and the game doesn't look too demanding, I think today's hardware will be able to run it just fine but the game is still 1-2 years away.

    As for Diablo III, the game has a lot of time to evolve but by the time the game releases in 2012, I think it won't be too demanding either.
     
  5. macroduo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    WotLK is coming out THIS year. SC2 will be out within the next phsyical year/ I would say this is going to be good for amd.
     
  6. Chone macrumors 65816

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    That's what I said, this is good for AMD for marketing purposes especially for the more casual, less hardware-tech oriented userbase of WoW but it does nothing for AMD in terms of providing firepower for the graphics war against NVIDIA. Nobody will care if AMD cards run Starcraft 2 better when GeForce cards will probably do 100fps already :p

    BTW, I wouldn't be surprised if Starcraft 2 slips to 2010, come on, this is Blizzard we are talking about, then again the game pretty much looks finished.

    Despite all the goodness I think AMD could have had better results partnerting with another developer/publisher, they need a studio that can release several games a year and hardware demanding games at that so that the AMD partnership yields better performance and therefore more incentives to buy AMD cards

    Blizzard meets neither condition :p they release VERY VERY few games and they are always pretty tame on the hardware.
     
  7. n8236 macrumors 65816

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    EA better get w/ the program and partner up w/ Intel :p
     
  8. Xavier macrumors 68020

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    Hopefully this is spark more intense graphics in Blizzards games. The only thing I worry about is AMD not supporting nVidia was well as they do ATI.

    I imagine it probably won't matter, but I don't want SC2 to run a lot worse just because my MBP has an nVidia card.
     
  9. katorga macrumors regular

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    Why?

    Blizzard games are known for running on low end hardware. What exactly is the benefit to AMD/ATI?

    I don't expect Blizzard to every go crazy on graphics. They make a lot of money because their games can run on every low-end PC on the planet. IMO, it is actually a very wise move.
     

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