I just had someone basically tell me "Why do graphics matter in a game? They're stupid and pointless.". I don't see how anyone could possibly present such an argument. Gameplay is the foundation of a good game but when graphics are good why not have the best? What do you all think about this? I personally can't see why anyone wouldn't want to have the best graphics they can personally afford to have to have the most fluid gameplay and the best looking gameplay. How could anyone say that's not important?
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25th November 2003
Of course graphics are important. Even if a game has the best gameplay in the world, if it has horrible graphics, most chances are its not going to be noticed. It can work the other way though, if a game is all graphics and no gameplay, its going to be quickly overlooked as well.
I guess what i'm saying is that, you can't have only amazing graphics, or only great gameplay. You need both to make a truly good game.
30th December 2006
Well, the one thing I think graphics are important for is immersiveness, this also goes for sounds, if it's just a plain sidescrolling mission where the characters are just squares you don't get the same feel of the game as you if you were blowing building's and seeing shrapnel burst out in all directions, or realistic car crashes or even just guns in themselves.
I don`t care much about graphics. Gameplay , story , good atmosphere and decent AI are more important to me. When I play the game , I want to actually PLAY it , not just run through it so I can say "yeah , I played that game" and cross it off my list. I want to "feel" the game , find every little detail on every level , push every button , open every door , talk to every (friendly) NPC , kill every enemy on the level , complete every objective no matter how insignificant it is , etc. I noticed that pretty much every new game relies only on it`s graphics to attract people while at the same time puts other (more important) elements aside. That`s the main reason why I rarely buy games and preffer to play my "oldies , but goldies". Their graphics may not be much , but other elements compensate for it just fine.
I never cared much for graphics, I only care if I either am having fun or getting imersed Take Deus Ex, sure the graphics suck, but its extremely immersive and fun
The game I was showing my friend was World in Conflict. A game with great gameplay and great graphics as well. I have it on moderately high settings but it still runs an average about 15 FPS on my ATI X1900 XTX and I was telling him I still can't wait to get a better video card. That's when he said why bother, it looks pretty good now. I like the ability to have graphics up and the game runs fluidly so I can see the soldiers faces when I zoom up close but see every little bomb drop from a carpet bomber. I agree though, for the longest time I've been playing older games that I thought were great but didn't have the best graphics. I still play BF1942 mods a lot because they were so much fun on there. I also still play the old C&C games because they're just classic, regardless of grahpics. However, if games go for that Age of Empire type of graphic, they can't really look any better than that - it's more an animation style than anything and I think stuff like that looks fine.
29th January 2005
I find graphics to be an important factor in immersing the player. I have an issue when the graphics are bad as a result of a lack of effort on behalf of the developer. In a way, I think it could be said that it is expected to make some good graphics, but not necessarily over the top like some games (IE Crysis).
I don't mind playing retro games from time to time though. I still play some genesis/snes games on my computer as well as my old PC games like Red Faction, Freelancer, Codename:Eagle, Soldier of Fortune II, etc etc.
Oh yeah, love Freelancer. That game still has some pretty damn good graphics especially to be as old as it is!