Submitted by SeekDev 1152d ago | opinion piece

Screw "realism" in video games

"I’m tired of the need for more 'realism' in games. I don’t want to hear about how realistic Call of Duty is while you’re cowering behind cover watching the red Kool-Aid disappear from your screen. I don’t care if Battlefield 3’s bullet drop somehow makes it a better shooter. Does it really matter if you play Forza Motorsport, Gran Turismo, or Need for Speed? They all look and feel fantastic; why does it matter if one is more realistic?

"You want to see a realistic game? Go play Operation Flashpoint on the hardest difficulty. After you’ve gotten out of the fetal position, tell me how enjoyable it was. Unless you happen to be a masochist, I’m going to bet you didn’t have a very good time. That’s realistic.

"We use video games as an escape, just like movies, literature, and music. They tell us stories, let us make our own, or let us live out an experience. I can’t drive a race car (heck, I don’t even have a license), but that doesn’t stop me from playing Need for Speed. The cor... (3DS, Forza Motorsport 4, Gran Turismo 5, Need For Speed: The Run, Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising, PC, PS3, Watch Dogs, Wii, Xbox 360)

Batzi  +   1152d ago
Exactly. I love the fact that you can jump and shoot with a .50 cal sniper rifle in COD. That adds to the fun whereas realism reduces the fun and makes the gameplay boring. Games aren't suppose to be realistic, we as human beings are very limited when it comes to abilities and powers and such and having game designers implementing what we fantasize the most in terms of technology and surreal action in video games make us people happy cause we get to experience our own "world", the world of fantasies and joy in those games which brightens our imagination and give us something to think about. If I wanted realism, I would rather stick to the life outside of home and drive a real car instead of playing GT5/Forza for instance. Realism ruins the fun, fun is surreal or simply like our folks at Epic Games call it, Unreal.
SeekDev  +   1152d ago
Some people would like the opportunity to "be" a soldier, so to speak, but without having to risk their life to do it. In that sense, realism in games is wanted. Some people would like to hop around in a land full of giant mushrooms and clouds you can stand on, and that's where "unreal" games come in. There's a place for all types of gamers in this world.
LOL_WUT  +   1152d ago
WeTheBelievers  +   1152d ago
Doesn't an escape from one reality into another make all the more magic though?
StreetsofRage  +   1152d ago
Operation Flashpoint on hard is BOMB! I loved it! Intense! One of the few games that was genuinely hard and not just cheap like playing COD on veteran.
TheColbertinator  +   1152d ago
Most of my favorite games this gen are unrealistic

Valkyria Chronicles

Tales of Graces F

Disgaea 4

Atelier Meruru

Mass Effect 1
cra2yey3z  +   1152d ago
Grand Theft Auto IV.
wallis  +   1152d ago
This article went out the window when CoD was labelled as " realistic". Also, if you actually thought about what you said, then you'd realise that realism is not one element in games but multiple. It encompasses graphics, authenticity (the feeling of more like it), immersion , simulation and also pure learning curve factor. Games like arma have a place in the world and halo's/gears of war/uncharted/minecraft/bio shock's success proves that realism is just fine and articles like this are just uninspired
RockmanII7  +   1152d ago
Look at the mascots of video games past. A plummer in red who eats mushrooms and jumps on turtles to save a princess. A Hedgehog with super speed that fights a robotic army who's leader is strongly devoted to eggs. An insane bandicoot who befriends masks while fighting an evil scientist. In todays age it's getting harder and harder to find a game where the main character doesn't use a gun of some sort (Or the Medieval RPG where everyone uses swords and bows). I blame this on the fall of platformers.
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mayberry  +   1152d ago
Killzone 2 is more "war like realistic" than cod, imho.
AdvanceWarsSgt  +   1151d ago
All I know is that realism ruined the new SSX game. If they make another one, it better be more like Tricky or SSX3.
Bladesfist  +   1151d ago
Realism does not exist in console games. I can not think of one game that is close to realistic on those platforms as most console gamers want an arcade experience like Cod or BF3. Realism to me is ARMA 2 or Mount and Blade Multiplayer or Red Orchestra 2.
Saryk  +   1151d ago
It depends. I do want realistic gameplay when the game is realistic (COD, BF3,etc). However if the game story is based on incredible soldiers then I could go with that being unrealistic. So for me, depends on the story.
Hicken  +   1151d ago
Realism belongs in games just as much as the surreal. I think it's pretty ridiculous that people make this claim.

Oh, well.
NYC_Gamer  +   1151d ago
Realism has its place in video games just like all of that over the top silly stuff

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