Originally Posted by ...PACMAN...
Surely the very nature of the game demands that it can utilize modern hardware to it's fullest. And Ford, I like the way you are a very calm guy but seriously you are telling me that a huge company with the resources they have at their disposal could not dedicate that time in creating an engine worthy of modern hardware? Really?
Games are always designed to fit the needs of what is necessary to achieve the design goals. If it doesn't take a hexa-core processor to run a solitaire game, why should they r!ce the game out to make it use six cores? That would most likely be the worst solitaire game ever made.
Also keep in mind that EA is likely targetting the same audience that plays The Sims 3 now. 75% of those people are running laptops with pathetic specs. You can't sell a game that targets extreme specs to a group with pathetic specs but you can sell a game that targets pathetic specs to a group with extreme specs. Remember, EA is a corporation and they are out to make money. They're going to target the broadest spectrum of buyers they reasonably can.