Six years ago there was a YouTube channel called LowSpec player debuted with a video on how to do it Run Batman: Arkham Origins on a low-end PC. His host Alex was born in Venezuela, where premium gaming hardware was unaffordable, and his subsequent videos on downgrading games with tweaks to configuration files, mods, and other hacks proved just as useful to a global audience of impoverished college students. broke kids and anyone who couldn’t afford a high-end gaming rig. Even players who have cashed in could enjoy seeing what, for example, is with Red Dead Redemption 2 when faces become an optional extra.
Nowadays things are different. While component scarcity makes it difficult to get the best kit, hardware manufacturers haven’t really considered offering budget alternatives (AMD just announced the RX 6500 XT, a graphics card that costs $ 199, but we’ll see how long it will last stay in stock). It should be the perfect time for games that can be customized to run on a variety of hardware, but they aren’t published that way.
As Alex says in the video above, “80% of the time I can’t find a single thing worth changing that actually makes the game more playable in a low-end system.” Throughout 2021, he continued researching videos, spending weeks or months breaking apart big budget games “just to find out one thing that actually works, and then deliver a video to a comment section that complains, that it is not enough. “
Instead, it turned to shooting more videos on handheld PCs – and then the Steam Deck was announced. Until it is released, says Alex, there isn’t much point in looking for more expensive alternatives. “For the past year, making videos has felt like pushing a boulder up a hill and the hill just keeps getting steeper and steeper over time with no pause.”
What kept him going was a video about a classic low-spec machine, Game Boyin which he tore apart both the object and the history of its creation. He had so much fun doing this that he’ll be focusing on more of those “LowSpec Lore” videos instead of moving on break the graphics of Warzone or what ever.
It would be a shame to lose the LowSpec Gamer when so many people have limited hardware to buy, but I would hate it if Alex keep throwing himself against uncooperative games until he burns out. I’m glad he found a new passion, even if it doesn’t fall into the realm of PC gaming.
The comments below Alex’s latest video are a rare collection of health. Viewers said things like, “Your channel helped me play modern games at 640 x 480, 20 fps had never felt this good” and “This guy is the reason I grew up playing so many games on it my potato laptop, thank you. ” It was only thanks to Alex that I was allowed to play Skyrim and The Witcher 3 on a cheap laptop myself. Thanks man. I owe you something.
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