7 Deadly Sins of Gaming - Sin 2Sin 2: Realism
I get it, okay? You're designing a console and you want it to look infinity bajillion times better than your last console.
I mean, you're creating the next generation of consoles, so you'd look pretty stupid if the games didn't look better.
This ain't lateral gen, people.
But can we give it a break with the trying to make everything look photorealistic?
Honestly, I don't really give a shit anymore. It made a huge freaking difference when we were playing Atari games, but I think we've come far enough.
Do I really need to see pores in people's skin? Really? Is that some pinnacle of graphics evolution or something?
I don't look that realistic.
That's why men stand so damned far away from the mirror. We just want to get a general sense of how we look.
We're not detail people.
But when it comes to video games, people just lose their freaking minds. They say games look like crap just because you can't make out every hair follicle.
Is that what games are all about?
Silly me. All these years, I thought games were about enjoying yourself.
I get that people like things that are nice and shiny. I get that most companies out there are putting millions upon millions of dollar into making water that looks like real freaking water.
My question: Why?
Yeah, it looks nice. That's great.
That's not why we play games.
Basically, they're just trying to justify asking you to spend another $500 on a new console when you haven't even played half the good games on the last console.
Do you know two of my favorite systems? The Wii and the PS2.
Yes, that's a 2.
I like the Wii because they don't really give a shit about graphics. They make games that are fun and interesting and don't require me to see every speck of dirt on the screen.
Can you imagine what Wii games would look like in High Def?
I like the PS2 because that system had some GOOD games. Lots of them.
Now, why would I spend twice as much money or more just to get a new system with better graphics and HDMI whatzits?
Oh, Wii graphics aren't up to par and PS2 games have jaggies.
Boo freaking hoo.
If a game looks like fun, I will play it. I won't play a game just so I can call people into the room and say "Hey, look at that. Isn't that realistic?"
Seriously, if the graphics are the biggest thing your game has going, then you made yourself a pretty shitty game.
Yes, make nice looking games. By all means.
But let's keep some perspective here. A game doesn't have to be photorealistic to be good and a photorealistic game isn't necessarily good.
A good game is a game that is fun to play.
Keep your blue rays and your HD-DVDVDs. Keep your loud music and complicated pants.
Just make good games.