It’s time for a long overdue installment of the “What’s So Great About?” series. If you’re unfamiliar with what this is all about, take some time right now and check out the other articles for more information. Today we are going to shed light on a very controversial subject in video games, graphics. For some reason, everybody is obsessed with HD resolution to the point that everything has to look as real as possible or else they just toss it aside like yesterday’s newspaper. The truth of the matter is that this has always been the last thing on my mind while playing.
Let’s get something out of the way first before we move on, I do think that most games should at least be functional and somewhat pleasing to the eyes, but that doesn’t mean that they have to blow my mind every single time. Think about it, if God of War III had slightly toned down visuals, but still the same awesomely functional gameplay as other entries in the series, would you dismiss it entirely because you couldn’t see Kratos’ face animate just a little bit better than before? Of course not. More so than anything else, a game boils down to a collaborative effort in which each aspect of the experience compliments the other, and in the end, that’s what’s most important.
Of course, if somebody such as myself would ever mumble something like this in the comments section of a blog, more than likely people would dismiss my opinion without question. This couldn’t have been truer after I read some responses to a review of an RPG game on Wii entitled The Last Story on IGN the other day. The reviewer (who will remain anonymous) said this about the titles visual presentation, “For the Wii, it’s super, but obviously it doesn’t compare that favourably to its peers on other platforms.” This opinion, for some strange reason, was completely bashed by readers, and to tell you the truth, I’m kind of mixed on the response myself.
To a certain extent, I could definitely see why some people would be upset about something like this. Comparing a console that relies more on creativity and unique artistic direction (Wii), to ones that tend to place an emphasis on making everything as realistic as possible (360 and PS3) is an unfair thing to do. That being said, if the only thing that you find time to complain about is how a game looks and nothing else, then you’re completely missing the point of what games were made for in the first place, to have fun. Seriously people, it’s a form of entertainment, keep the bashing to a minimum, and please make sure that any and all disputes are settled on a virtual battlefield.
Please remember that this is my personal opinion on graphics in video games, and is not meant to persuade your feelings on the topic in any way, shape, or form whatsoever. If you enjoy detailed graphics, realistic animations, and beautiful looking environments, that’s perfectly fine. Just please let me in as to why a visual presentation matters so much Does it really make you feel like a part of the experience? Does it provide a sense of realism to every action taking place in the game? Please tell me, what’s so great about graphics in video games?