Just some first impressions of the demo.
Having a few dayes off during christmas, I'm thankfull you managed to get the demo out before a, as I presume, well deserved holiday. I really appreciate it, as I've been eager to see what Arma has to offer.
I seem to be lucky, sitting on monster machine (specs to follow), which seems to run the game very well. I have all settings maxed out at a resoution of 1360x768 (23" widescreen, 16:9 aspect ratio I belive).
The widescreen I'm playing on is the first problem I have. Maybe I'm on a wrong setting somewhere or something, but when on the "mapscreen", it has a 4:3 aspect ratio, which makes use of only part of the monitor. This also renders the items and text quite small, and as I can see the text isn't "anti-aliased", it makes the text quite hard too read on the mapscreen. It's managable but I'd prefeer the text to be more smooth for easy read.
(Optional anti-aliasing on text perhaps?)
Other than that my only complaint seems to be that some keyboard commands have changed from OFP, but that's just a matter of getting used to them.
I belive it was Maruk (earlier in this thread) who addressed the lack of dedicated server support for the demo and that it's coming (as to my understanding), which is good that you are aware of it. As it is now, it's most of the time very hard getting into a server with a satisfying ping. I belive the Gamespy MP browser is also much too blame for this too, as I've set filters to show only servers under 50 in ping, but still getting into games (99% of the time actually) with 400-1000 in ping. Leaves a rather bad first impression with all the lagg, but I know what you lot are capable of and I'm sure you will address this.
I've had some fun by myself with and against the AI in the coop mission and the CTI mission.
Also, I'm happy to report that my TrackIR 2 works great with this game, although lacking the latest iterations of this nifty little gadget's 3D movement.
And as I wrote in the beginning that I would post my specs, here they are in short:
AMD 64 X2 5200
ATI Radeon 1900xtx
23" Diboss monitor
Finally, I just want to wish you all a Merry Christmas, and I hope you'll all have a good time with your friends and family.
And a special "cheers" to the "old gang".
Happy holidays everyone
(and I'm sorry for spelling misstakes and grammatical errors, if any, but as usual I blame the beer )
I seem to still have the good old OFPN avatar, I'll keep it for good old times sake, I hope noone minds. cheers