‘But can it run Crysis?’—10 years of a PC gaming meme

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At a time when few games required throwing out your aging PC and starting anew, Crysis ignored the development plateau introduced by consoles and forced everyone to save up for pricey hardware for the first time in a long time. 2007 also gave us Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, BioShock, Portal, and the original Witcher—all great games, but none were really melting computers at the time. Unreal and Source Engine games ran like butter on most PCs, but only because they hadn’t changed much since the Xbox 360 and PS3 releases around 2005.

Crysis asked so much of us that over the years it imprinted on the minds of a generation and ascended into a higher form of collective thought.

‘But can it run Crysis?’

A meme was born, a slimy, bawling thing that dominated message board conversations and comments sections. But does it still live 10 years on?

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