Well I guess that's a no? And I was sure Gabe was an avid PCGamesN reader......... ;)
That's a downside to you? Bummer dude, you're missing out.
I don't recall mentioning other people's money or what they do with it. However, as sated earlier, greedy fucks with their slimy "pre-order" schemes needs to stop. It's just an embarrassing money grab dreamed up by evil people.
I don't think preorders are inherently greedy, but holding content hostage is.
Nothing wrong with preorders. You can choose not to buy and what other people do with their money is none of your business.
There's tens of thousands of things, both in and out of nature, they could choose to use to demonstrate the same thing just as effectively.
That may be the case but once something becomes a standard test within a field it is a good idea to stay with it until a good reason not to presents itself. If everyone uses the the same type of item to demo then you can see which approach is better and like I said, hair is something that everyone is familiar with so it doesn't rely on previous exposure.
It just comes down to knowing that the audience will have seen similar things in reality before and as such reality can be a benchmark.
I like it. A lot, But, what's with the GPU industry's fixation on hair?
I suspect that the reason is that it is incredibly difficult to create a realistic representation of it because of how it is composed in reality. Think about it, most things can be made to look rather good using good quality texturing. This doesn't work for hair because in reality hair isn't a single thing. It's thousands of individual entities forming a general structure.
This makes it a really good demo item and it only becomes a better one when you consider that it is something that people can relate to easily as they can compare it to reality.