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06-14-07, 05:05 PM
AAD: Anti Aliasing Disorder

Anti Aliasing Disorder is a psychological condition where the individual cannot enjoy a three dimensional computer game if there is any visible aliasing. Any sign of aliasing (jaggies) causes the individual great anxiety and sometime rage. Those who suffer from this disorder will often empty bank accounts to purchase exotic hardware to eliminate any visible aliasing.

This disorder is known to be progressive. Patience who were once satisfied at 2xAA cannot stand anything below 4xAA. Some patience require 8xAA or 16xAA to overcome their anxiety over "the jaggies."

Even at high resolutions where the aliasing is so minor that it can only be detected through careful inspection the individual continues to experience high levels of anxiety.

This disorder is known to be irreversible.


Am I the only one who thinks we've become obsessed with AA? At high resolutions aliasing is minor however when your mind is focused on jaggies a good gaming experience can be ruined. I used to be able to enjoy Duke Nukem 3D at 320x240 with no AA.

06-14-07, 05:13 PM
And some people were fine when they were a kid and got their first car, though it was a clunker. Now they always buy new cars (or should I say rent?) and always have a $400 payment, and two years before it's payed off, they buy another, therefore, they have never owned a car in their life, except their first car which drove so good because it was bought and paid for. :D

06-14-07, 05:16 PM
I have no patience for your patients!!! :p You wanted to use the last spelling...

Anyway, It is reversible. I went from 1600x1200 4xAA with my 8800gtx to 1280x960 2xAA on a 8600gt and I am not that irritated, but I am really only playing one game at the moment.

06-14-07, 05:18 PM
I have no patience for your patients!!! :p


I was wondering when somebody was going to point that out. :p

06-14-07, 05:33 PM
I've never been a big fan of AA honestly. It always seems to make games run worse than they do at higher resolutions. I'd rather sharpen the image than blur out the edges.

06-14-07, 05:48 PM
Anisotropic filtering FTW! :p

06-14-07, 05:59 PM
dumb thread

06-14-07, 06:02 PM
I wish we had 32x anisotropic filtering. :D

06-14-07, 06:35 PM
Anisotropic filtering FTW! :p

06-14-07, 06:39 PM
If the game has good art, I don't care for either then...

06-14-07, 07:12 PM
I was playing TDU once with 8xAA set in control panel. I was getting great performance. But I realized it didn't make sense that I should have much better performance than others with similar setups. So I stopped my car and had to look long and hard to spot the jaggies and sure enough they were there.

Once I knew they were there, I could see them everywhere while before I didn't notice them. So, now I play with 2xAA and get half the fps.

I don't kow how many times on a forum someone is convinced they AA on but they don't. Like in this thread here: http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?p=1282301#post1282301

I just think that sometimes our obsession withe "maxing out" and smoothing out "jaggies" gets in the way of just having fun and enjoying a good game.

06-14-07, 07:48 PM
I just think that sometimes our obsession withe "maxing out" and smoothing out "jaggies" gets in the way of just having fun and enjoying a good game.
Yeah, I feel the same way but with me its my need for high frame rates.

To me, 40fps looks choppy after seeing 70+. I can't stand it.

Some people say 20fps is playable, but framerates like that make me stop playing a game until I can do better. Its probably why I keep putting off playing games like Oblivion and STALKER. They run excellent half the time and like utter crap the other half, so that the slow parts seem totally unplayable. Its just discouraging after putting so much money into my system.

I'm going to go play some Fallout... that should run pretty well. :p

06-14-07, 07:50 PM
That Buttkicker is sucking up the Frame Per Seconds!!!11111

06-14-07, 07:52 PM
Honestly I've come to love AA, not to the extent that I can't play games without just that I have seizures if I do.

06-14-07, 08:42 PM
That Buttkicker is sucking up the Frame Per Seconds!!!11111

06-14-07, 08:42 PM
i am limited to aax2 also. :(

06-14-07, 09:54 PM
For everyone with AAD, I'm going to run Oblivion @ 2048x1536 @ 16xAA and 16xAF, full details, and I'll post a screenshot just so it'll make ya'll feel better. ;)

06-14-07, 10:13 PM
So true...but, now need HDR and AF!! All of the eye candy!!!

Eye candyitis anyone?

Cannot stand Jaggies....or crappy filtering.

06-14-07, 10:24 PM
http://img511.imageshack.us/img511/9976/oblivion200706142218410ua4.th.jpg (http://img511.imageshack.us/my.php?image=oblivion200706142218410ua4.jpg)

Crap, it didn't take the full 2048x1536 shot. oh well

16xQAA + Supersampling
All settings maxed.

BTW, the game is next to unplayable at these settings. But it looks damn good. :D

06-14-07, 10:25 PM
Pfft 10FPS! LOL

06-14-07, 10:27 PM
Pfft 10FPS! LOL

But it looks good, so quit your bitching. ;)

06-14-07, 10:30 PM
Yea same here, I cannot stand jaggies. 1920x1200 with 2xAA is not enough, it burns my eyes :)

06-14-07, 11:44 PM
Yup I need at least 4x AA. I can't stand jaggies. Mind you it also depends on the game. Racing games (like TDU) are fine without AA. Well somewhat. I can live with it because you're moving so fast you can't see them half the time. But first person shooters AA is a necessity.

06-15-07, 04:14 AM
Im not spoilt by AA. I dont care much about it, im pretty much happy with 2x AA enabled. Most of the time i dont even turn it on. Im so obsessed with running around fighting for my life that i dont have time to notice the jaggies. Im more of a HDR dependent person though, i cant live without seeing something glow. :D

06-15-07, 04:31 AM
If I see jaggies, I quit the game. If I see low framerate I quit the game. No AF = Quit the game. :)