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Are Realistic Graphics Really Integral for Gaming?

How important are graphics to gaming? That question permeates a dichotomy among gaming fandom, echoing a dirge in the ears of some while filling others with the hope (or dare I say promise) of a golden age where gaming is the dominant form of entertainment and storytelling. It is a query oft debated but always sundering the masses, some insisting graphics are integral to video games, and the development of gaming as a whole, while others believe that not only is it not contributory, it is actually diluting the ulterior experience of gaming.

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hennessey861948d ago

I couldn't see a cell shaded Metal Gear, or a cartoon style Killzone could you. But as for games like mario, zelda and sly cooper etc its all about the art style

Bathyj1947d ago

I loved XIII just for the record.

Tomonobu Itagaki1947d ago (Edited 1947d ago )

Actually, there is a cel-shaded Metal Gear: Metal Gear Ac!d 2 on PSP, and it's sincerely garbage (as much for the story as the art style or the gameplay).

jc485731948d ago

to be honest, as you mature you may lean towards something a little more realistic looking. It really depends what you want, but it ain't easy getting the characters to look right. Let's take Gears of Wars for example, I think the characters look hideous or is it trying to be cartoony?

Shadonic1948d ago

its kind of a yes and no

Lord_Sloth1947d ago

I tend to prefer a more stylized look to my characters, though that doesn't mean that I want everything cel-shaded.

I prefer the styles of Final Fantasy and Devil May Cry (the real ones) as a graphical style as opposed to realistic gritty looks. That said, I love Uncharted's style as well as it suits the series perfectly.

OneAboveAll1947d ago (Edited 1947d ago )

Some games need great graphics to compliment gameplay. I hate playing FPS games where someone can be hiding in a bush sniping, then if you walk away from them the bush disappears at a distance taking away their cover.

A lot of people will play with low settings for an advantage because it takes things away from games such as object detail and what not.

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