Can enthusiasts keep ahead of the game?

A move to a new set of graphical tools has made Windows gamers angry, as it requires them to upgrade both hardware and their OS.

Many gamers are alienated by computers, preferring instead consoles which offer low-cost installation-free entertainment - and they don't require consistent upgrading with expensive components to play the latest games, either.

In return, PC gamers argue that the open platform allows for more creativity in terms of games released and player-created material, and also a constant edge in the technology stakes. But they've had to concede that the debacle surrounding the latest iteration of Microsoft's multimedia API, DirectX 10, hasn't done much for the platform's reputation.

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