Originally Posted by BrianG
It has little to do with how actual gameplay will be when HL2 is released because 1) no one knows if Valve is done tweaking the engine (SM3.0 patch?) and 2) there will likely be driver updates for HL2 from both ATI and NVIDIA (65.xx, 4.9 Cats).
The purpose of the stress test, IMHO, is to make sure that the engine functions properly on different flavors of hardware and all of the features on the rendering engine do as they should to produce the desired atmosphere. That's it.
Glad there are other folks saying this. Cheers to you for laying down the law....or the word...or something.