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Long read: The beauty and drama of video games and their clouds

"It's a little bit hard to work out without knowing the altitude of that dragon..."

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Tools of the Trade

I don't know about the rest of you but I like to change my computer as often as my outgoings allow me too. I change it as often as twice a year. For a long time I just bought Dell or Gateway, these days though I'm into buying the bits myself and doing a bit of over clocking. I always wonder what mega machine must the likes of John Carmack or Peter Molyneux use to make their masterpieces. Do they have the Quad Zeon action, or would they just have 4 of 5 computers of all different specs lying about the office.

The Folks at GameSpy must have wondered about the same thing, as they have begun a massive series looking at top producers, programmers and other top people and asking them what system they use. Everyone from John Romero of ION to Gabe Newell, of Valve and several in between are put on the spot. The trend seems to be to upgrade as often as possible and to have two machines at least, one mega high spec one, and another as close to the recommended spec as you can get it.