April Fools: Nvidia Recall Rumor Far-fetched
Blogging over the course of the first 24 hours of April can be a dangerous game.
As if it isn't hard enough to pick apart the rumors from the reality in our tech world, some sources simply throw curveball after curveball on the morning of April Fools Day. The most blatant piece of goofery may be a recent Nvidia story, whereby the popular video card manufacturer has allegedly admitted a serious problem with its wares and is ready to replace or even upgrade them at no charge.
According to reports -- some of which try their best to keep a "straight face" -- Nvidia's GeForce 8800 GTX and GTS models suffer from "incorrect geometry transformation data."
According to one "anonymous" Nvidia "engineer", it's poor game performance amongst those first-person shooter (FPS) fans employing the popular video cards. The problem -- and try not to laugh -- is apparently such a terrible issue that "For FPS gamers, this can cause shots...to miss when they really should hit." Furthermore, unlucky real-time strategy gamers, like those addicted to Blizzard's Warcraft III or the recently released Company of Heroes, could "click on the wrong unit or send...units to attack a different target." (Source: techarp.com)
There will undoubtedly be a few PC gamers sucked in by the video card comedy. One of the first to report on the "story", Slashdot, immediately had one comment poster proclaim, "Well, at least I won't have to worry about that problem because I have my awesome Radeon 9200 32MB."
How do we know this is just a joke? Other than its ridiculous quality, Slashdot quite literally tags the story under "aprilfools" below the text. (Source: slashdot.org)