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# Traditionally, video game manufacturers have been most strongly influe

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Traditionally, video game manufacturers have been most strongly influenced by serious video gamers. Because devoted gamers have historically purchased the majority of video games, companies react to the desires of this market segment. Normally, devoted gamers crave speed and action; thus, most manufacturers continue to produce games with faster chips and flashier graphics. Unfortunately, faster chips and flashier graphics are no longer in the industry’s best interest. The devoted gaming market is deeply stagnant, and it won’t soon expand. To infuse new life into the video game market, manufacturers must simplify the functionality of their games. By doing so, current non-gamers will be attracted to join the ranks of video game fans.

In the argument, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?

(A) The first is a situation that the author believes to be true; the second offers evidence to explain this situation.
(B) The first is a situation that the author argues should not continue; the second provides evidence that supports the author’s position.
(C) The first is a statement of fact that contradicts the author’s position; the second is the author’s position.
(D) The first is a statement of fact that supports the author’s position; the second is a consideration that weighs against the author’s position.
(E) The first is a prediction that the author believes should not hold in this case; the second is an assumption that weighs against the author’s position.

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12 Oct 2012, 11:57
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Guys need your help! How did you all find out the author's position?

I'm am responding to a pm from getgyan. First of all, I agree with everyone in this thread that (B) is clearly the best answer.

How are we determining the author's position? Here's the argument again . . .

Traditionally, video game manufacturers have been most strongly influenced by serious video gamers. Because devoted gamers have historically purchased the majority of video games, companies react to the desires of this market segment. Normally, devoted gamers crave speed and action; thus, most manufacturers continue to produce games with faster chips and flashier graphics. Unfortunately, faster chips and flashier graphics are no longer in the industry’s best interest. The devoted gaming market is deeply stagnant, and it won’t soon expand. To infuse new life into the video game market, manufacturers must simplify the functionality of their games. By doing so, current non-gamers will be attracted to join the ranks of video game fans.

Notice that all the blue sentences are purely factual and descriptive, but the final purple sentence is a recommendation (it uses the word "must") --- that's the author's own conclusion. This is a common format for a GMAT CR passage --- [fact][fact][fact][recommendation] ---- and that's precisely what we have here.

The author's opinion is that video game manufactures "must simplify the functionality of their games" -- continuing to make games with "faster chips and flashier graphics" would be a mistake, as far as the author is concerned. The author thinks this is a mistake because the "devoted gaming market is deeply stagnant, and it won’t soon expand." Thus, the first is something the author thinks shouldn't continue, and the second is something that supports the author's argument.

Does all this make sense?

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10 Oct 2012, 06:33
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a)The first is a situation that the author believes to be true; the second offers evidence to explain this situation.
b) The first is a situation that the author argues should not continue; the second provides evidence that supports the
author’s position.
c) The first is a statement of fact that contradicts the author’s position; the second is the author’s position.
d)The first is a statement of fact that supports the author’s position; the second is a consideration that weighs
against the author’s position.
e) The first is a prediction that the author believes should not hold in this case; the second is an assumption that
weighs against the author’s position.

a) Incorrect. the first sentence is correct but the second doesn't offer evidence as to why producers continue to produce games with faster chips.
b) Correct. The move towards more advanced machines is a situation that is against the conclusion (more simple machines required), the second is evidence that the mkt is stagnant under current standards.
c) Incorrect the fact that producers make advanced games doesn't contradict the conclusion that they SHOULD be making video games. If the conclusion was that 'the past year, they have been making more simple video games' then you would have contradiction.
d) The fact that producers make advanced games does not support the conclusion that they should be making simpler ones.
e) The first is not a prediction, it is fact.
c)
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11 Oct 2012, 02:59
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+1 B

BF1 - thus, most manufacturers continue to produce games with faster chips and flashier graphics
BF2 - The devoted gaming market is deeply stagnant, and it won’t soon expand

A) The first is a situation that the author believes to be true; the second offers evidence to explain this situation. (BF2 rather does the opposite)
B) The first is a situation that the author argues should not continue; the second provides evidence that supports the author’s position. (Best Answer yet)
C) The first is a statement of fact that contradicts the author’s position; the second is the author’s position. (BF1 does not contradict BF2, eliminate)
D) The first is a statement of fact that supports the author’s position; the second is a consideration that weighs against the author’s position.
What is the Author’s position? There could be two positions
1) Unfortunately, faster chips and flashier graphics are no longer in the industry’s best interest (BF1 rather supporting, contradicts this position)
2) To infuse new life into the video game market, manufacturers must simplify the functionality of their games(BF1 does not support this position)
E) The first is a prediction that the author believes should not hold in this case; the second is an assumption that weighs against the author’s position (On the same line as above, this option also gets eliminated)

Guys need your help! How did you all find out the author's position?

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12 Oct 2012, 00:32
Hey guys OA:B
below is the OE:

The author explains that devoted gamers traditionally dictate the design of video
games. However, due to changes in the market, the author argues that this
system is no longer in the best interest of the industry. Instead, to infuse new life
into the video game market, manufacturers should simplify their games in order
to attract non-gamers into the gaming fold.
(A) The first boldface portion does relate a situation that the author believes to be
true. The second boldface portion, however, does not explain this situation;
instead, it offers evidence to demonstrate why this situation should not continue.
(B) CORRECT. The first boldface portion is a situation that the author believes to
be true now. Due to changes in the market, however, the author believes this
situation should not continue. The second boldface portion provides evidence to
support the author’s contention that the best way to grow the gaming market is to
attract new gamers.
(C) The first boldface portion is a statement of fact that contradicts the author’s
position. The second boldface portion, however, provides evidence to support the
author’s position, but it is not the position itself.
(D) The first boldface portion is a statement of fact that contradicts the author’s
position. The second boldface portion provides evidence to support the author’s
position.
(E) The first boldface portion is not a prediction; rather, it is a statement of fact
(or description of a situation) that the author believes should not hold in this case.
The second statement is not an assumption, nor does it weigh against the
author's position; instead, it is a premise that provides evidence in support of the
author’s position.
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04 Oct 2013, 11:13
Answer choices B, C, D, are all too similar.

b) The first is a situation that the author argues should not continue; the second provides
evidence that supports the author’s position.
c) The first is a statement of fact that contradicts the author’s position; the second is the
author’s position.
d) The first is a statement of fact that supports the author’s position; the second is a
consideration that weighs against the author’s position.

May someone explain the differences. Thanks
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Answer choices B, C, D, are all too similar.

b) The first is a situation that the author argues should not continue; the second provides
evidence that supports the author’s position.
c) The first is a statement of fact that contradicts the author’s position; the second is the
author’s position.
d) The first is a statement of fact that supports the author’s position; the second is a
consideration that weighs against the author’s position.

May someone explain the differences. Thanks

Hi

Lets look at C

It says the second is the author’s position but if you look carefullly the second is just an opionion given by the author
"The devoted gaming market is deeply stagnant, and it won’t soon expand"

The authors position is

"To infuse new life into the video game market, manufacturers must simplify the functionality of their games. By doing so, current non-gamers will be attracted to join the ranks of video game fans"

Now lets look at D

It says

"The first is a statement of fact that supports the author’s position;"

It is actually against the authors position he wants this to be stopped.

Now when we look at B

It says

"The first is a situation that the author argues should not continue; the second provides
evidence that supports the author’s position"

If you look carefully then it is correct to infer that first is a situation that author thinks should not continue

and

If you look at the second boldface then it is actually giving a evidence to why the current practice should be changed.

What follows the boldface is the position that author holds.

Hope this helps.
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29 Mar 2015, 19:59
The author explains that devoted gamers traditionally dictate the design of video
games. However, due to changes in the market, the author argues that this
system is no longer in the best interest of the industry. Instead, to infuse new life
into the video game market, manufacturers should simplify their games in order
to attract non-gamers into the gaming fold.

(A) The first boldface portion does relate a situation that the author believes to be
true. The second boldface portion, however, does not explain this situation;
instead, it offers evidence to demonstrate why this situation should not continue.

(B) CORRECT. The first boldface portion is a situation that the author believes to
be true now. Due to changes in the market, however, the author believes this
situation should not continue. The second boldface portion provides evidence to
support the author’s contention that the best way to grow the gaming market is to
attract new gamers.

(C) The first boldface portion is a statement of fact that contradicts the author’s
position. The second boldface portion, however, provides evidence to support the
author’s position, but it is not the position itself.

(D) The first boldface portion is a statement of fact that contradicts the author’s
position. The second boldface portion provides evidence to support the author’s
position.

(E) The first boldface portion is not a prediction; rather, it is a statement of fact
(or description of a situation) that the author believes should not hold in this case.
The second statement is not an assumption, nor does it weigh against the
author's position; instead, it is a premise that provides evidence in support of the
author’s position.
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Traditionally, video game manufacturers have been most strongly influenced by serious video gamers. Because devoted gamers have historically purchased the majority of video games, companies react to the desires of this market segment. Normally, devoted gamers crave speed and action; thus, most manufacturers continue to produce games with faster chips and flashier graphics. Unfortunately, faster chips and flashier graphics are no longer in the industry’s best interest. The devoted gaming market is deeply stagnant, and it won’t soon expand. To infuse new life into the video game market, manufacturers must simplify the functionality of their games. By doing so, current non-gamers will be attracted to join the ranks of video game fans.

In the argument, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?

IDENTIFY CONCLUSION: Unfortunately, faster chips and flashier graphics are no longer in the industry’s best interest.
> BF2 is a premise that supports this conclusion
> BF1 is a trend that happened in the past that should not necessarily continue to repeat for the benefit of the industry

(A) The first is a situation that the author believes to be true; the second offers evidence to explain this situation.
- BF1 is not a situation the author believes to be true...it is something the author says will not continue (b/c devoted gaming market is deeply saturated). further, BF2 is not supporting BF1, BF2 is supporting the opposite of BF1 (faster chips and flashier graphics are no longer in the industry's best interests)

(B) The first is a situation that the author argues should not continue; the second provides evidence that supports the author’s position.
- correct as is.

(C) The first is a statement of fact that contradicts the author’s position; the second is the author’s position.
- BF1 is not a statement of fact...it was a trend that has worked in the past but the author is saying it should not happen now nor should it continue into the near future. BF2 is not the author's position, BF2 supports the author's position

(D) The first is a statement of fact that supports the author’s position; the second is a consideration that weighs against the author’s position.
- same as "C", BF1 is not a statement of fact. also, BF2 does not weigh against the author's position...it weighs for the author's position!

(E) The first is a prediction that the author believes should not hold in this case; the second is an assumption that weighs against the author’s position.
- BF2 is not an assumption that weighs against the author's position

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B) The first is a situation that the author argues should not continue; the second provides evidence that supports the author’s position.

I didn't like should in the answer choice. Somebody pl clarify.
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08 Nov 2017, 12:10
I still am surprised by the fact that this question is from Manhattan.
Boiled down to A and B, but B is better b/c of key words.
"argue"
"situation should now continue" rather than "situation believed to be true,
"support author's position", not "explain the situation"
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07 Apr 2018, 10:31
Traditionally, video game manufacturers have been most strongly influenced by serious video gamers. Because devoted gamers have historically purchased the majority of video games, companies react to the desires of this market segment. Normally, devoted gamers crave speed and action; thus, most manufacturers continue to produce games with faster chips and flashier graphics. Unfortunately, faster chips and flashier graphics are no longer in the industry’s best interest. The devoted gaming market is deeply stagnant, and it won’t soon expand. To infuse new life into the video game market, manufacturers must simplify the functionality of their games. By doing so, current non-gamers will be attracted to join the ranks of video game fans.

In the argument, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?

(A) The first is a situation that the author believes to be true; the second offers evidence to explain this situation.
(B) The first is a situation that the author argues should not continue; the second provides evidence that supports the author’s position.
(C) The first is a statement of fact that contradicts the author’s position; the second is the author’s position.
(D) The first is a statement of fact that supports the author’s position; the second is a consideration that weighs against the author’s position.
(E) The first is a prediction that the author believes should not hold in this case; the second is an assumption that weighs against the author’s position.

Looking at the first highlighted part in the question we can directly eliminate C, D , E.

Seeing the second part we realize the author does not want the preactice to continue, So B is much stronger.

Option B
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07 Apr 2018, 14:55
Option B would sound better if "should" would have been "would". Should conveys a wrong meaning and for that reason I eliminated B and chose C.

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