Reverse "support" again

victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Aug 6 20:55:22 UTC 2012

I still don't see why this is a reversal. The usage is symmetric, but it is
exactly the same in both directions. On one hand, you have Developer of X
supporting X on platform Y. On the other hand you have Developer of
platform Y supporting Y to use with X. In each case, the developer supports
the program they are responsible for to interact correctly with some other
program. Where is the reversal?

It seems the "reversal" comes from the reinterpretation of platform Y
supports X into X is supported on Y, so "X supports Y" seems unusual. But
my contention is that "support" in this case is a shortening, not a
reversal. So this reinterpretation is logical, but incorrect.


On Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 2:02 PM, Garson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at>wrote:

> Neal Whitman wrote:
> >
> > And it's no fluke. Here's his Facebook comment from early
> > this morning: "Turns out amnesia was like the one game
> > that wouldn't support intel graphic cards."
> I have heard the term "supports" being used symmetrically in the
> domain of computer games and video cards for some time. Below are
> examples. I was not able to find much. These are relatively recent:
> Here is an example of a game supporting a video card:
> Title: Far Cry 2 On Pentium 4 & X1650 AGP
> Uploaded by Androlas7 on Aug 30, 2010
> Website:
> Date: Aug 30, 2010
> Comment by uploader Androlas7:
> [Begin excerpt]
> The game supports these video cards:
> NVidia 6800, NVidia 7000 series, 8000 series, 9000 series, 200 series.
> 8800M and 8700M supported for laptops.
> [End excerpt]
> Here is an example of a chip maker supporting a computer game.
> (Actually, it is an example of the lack of support.) Nvidia is a chip
> maker, and Crysis 2 is a computer game.
> Subject: Re:Where are new 5xx series drivers? - Thursday,
> Poster: rmmil978
> Date: March 24, 2011 7:33 AM
> [Begin excerpt]
> ... but it's pretty sad that no new drivers from Nvidia since January
> means nothing from Nvidia officially supports Crysis 2 SLI....really
> Nvidia, for the biggest PC release in the past year, nothing?
> [End excerpt]

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