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Why so much hate for below 60FPS performance and above 20FPS?

I dont understand why people everywhere say 30fps or 20fps is unplayable. I as a child never had the money to purchase a decent PC. I was playing with a pentium and an outdated nvidia GPU, this game called DayZ, it was out recently and everyone was enjoying it and playing it. But I just couldnt buy the PC to play it good so I played it with what I had.

I would be lucky if I had 15 FPS whilst playinf ArmA 2 DayZ and everyone was always saying I lagged. There were times when I played with 1-5 FRAMES a second it was not a game but a show of images at that time. Yet I was grateful and kept playing, I even killed someone with 1FPS.

After those times whenever I see 20FPS in a certain game its like paradise for me. And an FPS around 30 or 20 is perfect for me.

I dont understand how "unplayable" it can be, 20FPS is VERY playable.

Just had to drop this off of my mind, no offense intended and I thank you for reading.
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    I think a lot of people were in your situation, me included. Trudging through games at low frames, but still having fun.

    Many video game reviewers and GPU reviewers also talk a lot about 60FPS, probably not so much as to say it is unplayable, but to say nowadays that games on consoles, or certain titles on PC, should be optimized better for 60 FPS, instead of shinier graphics. If a person has a mediocre PC, fine, we all know we can't download more RAM and make things faster, but in life there will always be people who have nicer things and enjoy slowly rubbing it in.
  2. Yeah there is a lot of hate on -60fps gameplay, but in reality everybody is different.

    If you don't play competitively or don't get sick at 20fps then that will work for you. For people like me, it doesn't really.

    But, it is nice to see the benefits of 60fps-100fps gameplay. It just looks so much smoother.
  3. Its true that in a competitive scenario, it would be unfair to play with awful performances against those with better performances. Im sure that competitive players take their games seriously and seek the ultimate performances.

    Its like many things in the world a matter of perspective and personal preference.
  4. Personally, 20FPS is just too uncomfortable to play. 30FPS can be marginally playable if the framerate is stable, but if it's jumping up and down and just averaging 30, it's still too uncomfortable. At around 40-45FPS is where I find most games to be playable. For a long time I used budget or midrange cards and had that kind of performance. Now I have a somewhat more powerful card and usually run 60+ FPS. I would prefer not to go back to 45FPS, let alone 30 or 20.
  5. Sakkura said:
    Personally, 20FPS is just too uncomfortable to play. 30FPS can be marginally playable if the framerate is stable, but if it's jumping up and down and just averaging 30, it's still too uncomfortable. At around 40-45FPS is where I find most games to be playable. For a long time I used budget or midrange cards and had that kind of performance. Now I have a somewhat more powerful card and usually run 60+ FPS. I would prefer not to go back to 45FPS, let alone 30 or 20.


    ...another side-effect of PC gaming. Once you've experience high frame rate gaming, you can "never" turn back. :D
  6. TechyInAZ said:
    Sakkura said:
    Personally, 20FPS is just too uncomfortable to play. 30FPS can be marginally playable if the framerate is stable, but if it's jumping up and down and just averaging 30, it's still too uncomfortable. At around 40-45FPS is where I find most games to be playable. For a long time I used budget or midrange cards and had that kind of performance. Now I have a somewhat more powerful card and usually run 60+ FPS. I would prefer not to go back to 45FPS, let alone 30 or 20.


    ...another side-effect of PC gaming. Once you've experience high frame rate gaming, you can "never" turn back. :D


    Kind of like the SSD effect :). I keep telling myself I can go back, but sometimes when I am working on a hard disk computer for someone, I want to tell them that is the issue.
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