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Well the debate again comes along, and still to this day it comes down to one thing, how the developer is treated.  I am no longer the developer I once was, but I still keep up on things here and there, and issue is still the same for me, how is the developer treated by the company.

With AMD there does not seem to be this market driven experience, or drive to have you purchase something, just to learn what is on the horizon.  With Intel there is feel that unless you are a member of their elite club (which cost money) you just can not handle the information they have to give out.  Because you know AMD personnel could never afford to purchase the Intel developer club, and therefore they are able to protect their proprietary information.  There is just this secret society feel to Intel, whereas AMD you get this open community feel.  I do not know maybe it is just me, but I just feel that way.

Years ago I was a card carrying member of the Intel Developers Network, it was necessary for my work as a tech.  Hell, once I was a card carrying member of Microsoft’s MCSE club, but that cost just too much cash for the value they serve now-a-days.  I have given myself over to the open source movement, in every way, and that includes open hardware.  With the IDN and the MS crowd there is just too much closed code and specs, so I think I have lost the need for pay to play.  Unfortunately that means I can no longer really play games, or does it.

When it comes to hardware, I feel, or think more appropriately, that AMD has Intel in spades.  Their open embrace of the open movement is just more palatable, and has all the marks of dedication that shows they are dedicated to not only producing high quality hardware for one particular software vendor.  Oh, do not get the idea that I think that Intel does not develop for the open software environment, but you get the feeling that they are still stuck in a closed source world. With their “deals” with Microsoft, and Apple, they just seem to champion the elitist crowd, while at the same time saying, oh, here you go open vendors here’s some old stuff we no longer use, but it will be new to you.  They do seem to have the game developer’s balls, so I guess it is their court to play in, or is it.

Games are not hardware aware, this is a solid fact.  Sure they require the best of the best of the best of what is out there, or at least can use it, but they do not really care which vendor it comes from.  Either of the big 2 will do, and mix and match is just fine by them, so long as the OS is pure MS.  This I believe is a mistake made by the game developers, and one that I think they would like to fix, but for the most part they are unable to.  Maybe with the latest version of MS and the likely next version of MS being even more difficult to certify with, this will change, but I think often GD’s are caught in contracts they can not get out of, they just do not know how.  Some are breaking the horizon, and Steam/Valve is making an effort (according to their notes they are moving away from MS to their own version of Debian).  With the marketing model of Steam, and perhaps Amazon Games, and Google Games, and the markets moving to newer embedded platforms, it may not be long now before games are cross platform, playable on all systems, and the hardware and software debate will fall to the side.  This may be a wide eyed optimist view point, wishful thinking if you will, but maybe, just maybe, with game developers developing for the next generations of game consoles, platforms, embedded systems, and the other types of hardware systems and open software platforms, maybe, just maybe we can put this debate to bed, and just move forward with development.

I somehow doubt this will come to fruit any time soon, the illusion of competition is good for the industry from a consumer standpoint, and yes I am including business and industrial uses, as they are consumers of technology too.  The point is, for me, for now, at the time, the debate is over.  Maybe tomorrow it will begin again, but for now, it is AMD and Open Source Architecture, with the use of MSOS so I can play “the games” and OSOS for everything else.

Thank you for listening, and maybe you all can see where I am coming from.

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