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I have avoided MS games just because of that type of thing and I have a feeling they install more than just the game. I can imagine the MS game creators having access to parts of the OS that others dont.
It will affect Linux, from a gamer perspective. It won't be a big surprise either if Microsoft eventually drops support for DirectX on WinXP and 2K, forcing gamers to upgrade to their newer OS. While there are very few games that I love from MS, I still could live without them. But if every company out there developing games also starts to make Vista-Only games, that could lead into a problem. First, MS operating system aren't getting any cheaper nor light weight. Second, nearly every gamer will have to upgrade their system only to run the newest MS Operating system. And unless you are still running those P1 - 166 MHZ, upgrading hardware is expensive :\
Your theory sounds very interesting and also makes a lot of sense. It's very uncommon to see Microsoft Games (and CO such as Bunggie) running under Cedega, like Halo itself or Flight Simulator, for example
Count me on it peter_89. I'm not going to upgrade my "gaming" PC to Vista. I have nothing against Windows, but forcing peoples to upgrade for no apparent reason, as you put (and very well) is an injustice.
Actually they won't be dropping DirectX. What they are doing is crippling OpenGL in every way they possibly can to force vendors to use their inferior DirectX API.
A lot of game companies (other than Microsoft) still make games that are supported under Win 98. There's no practical benefit by running a game in an upgraded OS if the underlying API you use remains the same.
I think the latest version of DirectX is supported under Win 98, isn't it?
A few games don't support Win98 though. Doom 3 doesn't, I think . Though, considering the great support ID software gives to Linux, I could care less if they offer support to MS operating systems . Other companies still make use of older DirectX versions also.
I really have the feeling that MS will get into trouble with Vista. At least, I hope they do