As I trudge through developing my game, I can't help but notice that I only have special features enabled for nVidia cards, like register combiners and vertex programs... Although nVidia controls a powerful portion of the market, I'd love to also include the ATI audience, but I don't have an ATI card nor do I (as a student) have the easily spent funds to get one just to what amounts to play around with.
What are the chances I can appeal to ATI and get a basic feature card and work on learning their extensions and later implement them?
Failsafe scenario, yes, I'm saving up. I'm no where near done development, so in the meantime I can probably buy a card anyway. Oh well.