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Some EverQuest Subscribers Left Out in the Cold After Recent Expansion By Denise Harrison
In my recent column, "Four Calling Birds, Three Turtle Doves, Two 256 Chips," I discussed the big boost in December PC upgrades and sales of new systems with the increasing requirements of massive multiplayer online games. While the base system requirements have risen with Dark Age of Camelot, EverQuest, Anarchy Online at the others, the grandaddy of them, EverQuest, threw a curveball at subscribers recently with its introduction of the newest expansion, Shadows of Luclin (SOL).

If you have Windows 95, youre SOL. You have to Windows 98 or better. If you have anything less than a PII 266, youre SOL. And if you dont have a supported video card, youre SOL.

A LOT of systems shipped over the past couple of years with Intel graphics inside. Those subscribers couldnt get on the game for a week or so after the expansion, and for some who can get on now, the game is grainy, pixelated. Such a shame, since the screenshots I've seen look REALLY nice! But you wouldn't know it from my system.

The EQ team actually had to make revisions to the Intel driver to make it work at all. The official statement of the video cards supported compose a rather short list that includes 3dfx, ATI, Rage, Matrox, Riva, and Geforce.

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