Okay, I haven't actually looked at the system requirements for Mists of Pandaria, mainly because I already know I'm not going to be playing at Ultra. As it is, my current rig can only handle Fair level graphics. I used to be able to run on Ultra settings, and I loved it. But that machine (with twin GeForce 9800 512s) exploded, and I had to replace it with a machine that, well, simply turned on. Money and all that.
But the more I look at Cymre's various screenshots and Rioriel's Postcards, the more I realize just how much I'm really missing in my gameplay experience. I mean, if you check those two out (and you really should!), you'll see some incredible detail in the game world. Meanwhile, if you look at my screenshots and videos, you can definitely tell that I don't have an extraordinarily powerful graphics card.
It's on the list.
This actually brings up a good question in my mind. I can recall seeing complaint thread after complaint thread on the forums, talking about how crappy the graphics are and how dull and cartoonish the world appears. I'd have to say, the people making those threads may need to update their systems and make sure they're running on Ultra settings.
Having said that, I've seen what humans look like on Ultra settings, and Blizzard seriously needs to update those models. Poor giant-handed freaks...
Seriously, if you compare the hands to the heads, it's absolutely insane. Humans don't have hands the size of dinner plates. With the exception of a few NBA players and Andre the Giant, of course.
Stay on target, Hype.
Oh, right. So, I need a new graphics card. Actually, I need a new computer. This one works great for the standard web-and-photo stuff, but for what I really want to do, it's laughable. I really wish I'd saved my old custom case. That thing was ridiculously spacious inside. I could throw in whatever overdone components I wanted into that thing and still have room to spare.
Ah, computer nostalgia. Back in my day, we had to use the telephone to get internet access! And I don't mean those newfangled "smartphones", neither! I mean we had to have the computer plug into the phone jack in the wall! LAND LINES, I TELL'S YA!
Damn kids on my lawn...