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If "graphics don't matter" why do they keep improving?

Kevin of Xboxer360 writes, "Last week, Cevat Yerli, head honcho over at Crytek, took a rather controversial position by saying that graphics are more important than gameplay, earning the ire and plaudits of many within the gaming community, stating that improved graphics equal more immersion and therefore a better gaming experience. While I'm sure the boys over at Telltale games would have a thing or two to say about that, it was a rather refreshing perspective on a topic that, while many may disagree with Yerli on paper, the results seem to suggest something else.

While most gamers will continue to state that gameplay is more important, we're still going to be shown footage at Playstation 4 events and game conferences which continue to show off the graphical fidelity of upcoming hardware. How much do graphics play in our enjoyment of a game?"

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hennessey862008d ago

It's that they are not all that matters, a beautiful game needs beautiful gameplay. Otherwise what's the point. I personally liked crysis one, I loved the freedom it gave you and of course it was stunning to look at. But if given the choice I would choose a great game over great graphics any day.

GamerElite2007d ago

I need a bubble. I'm still stuck with one

TXIDarkAvenger2007d ago

@GamerElite

That's because N4G bubble system is terrible. It provokes real discussion. If you speak against the hivemind, you are guaranteed 1 bubble. And it's almost impossible to get your bubbles back even if you say well-said comments.

Army_of_Darkness2007d ago (Edited 2007d ago )

That's NOT true! Just look at the wiiU for crying out loud! LOL!

@GamerElite, why to use your one and only bubble bro;-)

BlackWolf2008d ago

Well said, man. Bubble up.

That's the point of this situation. No matter if the game looks good, if it plays like...you know what I mean. Games have to both interesting/fun, and beautiful to the eye. It's a matter of balance.

raWfodog2007d ago

Words outta my mouth. Intelligent and well said.

Why do you only have one bubble? Have another...

Crazyglues2007d ago (Edited 2007d ago )

Yes, yes... I would say something but hennessey86 has already said it better....

Bubbles indeed for you my friend...

Well said indeed.

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avengers19782007d ago

No one needs to say anything else @hennessey said it best

Legion212007d ago

I only disagree with what you had to say because you said a great game. What makes a game great? Gameplay, graphic, story, etc. A lot of things come into play, and graphics may be among them.

dennett3162007d ago

Graphics are a really nice bonus, but they don't make a crappy game good. For all the technical grunt on show in something like Crysis, the gameplay is as stock as any other FPS out there, and the art design is bland as hell.
I'd rather a game was fun than be technically brilliant, but a chore to play. It's great when you can have both, but too many companies focus on meaningless technical showing off rather than new or interesting design or gameplay ideas. That's why games are getting more expensive to make, a push to make everything shinier rather than developing new ideas.
The next gen is going to feature the same old games, but slightly nicer looking...we need them to innovate a little more.

webeblazing2007d ago (Edited 2007d ago )

i realized on this site gfx matter when your talking about consoles. but if you say the obvious respond you would get stoned to death being on topic and yeah everything plays a part

csreynolds2007d ago

Summed up my thoughts on the matter exactly. A bubble for you, good sir...

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3rdDimension2007d ago

I believe that one of the reasons devs focus some much more on visuals is because it's the most easiest thing to improve on.

For them to think of new ways of gameplay is the most obvious of challenges they face. Just look at how many games out there that are too similar.

Trying to break the mold consistently has proven to be a tough thing. Not only that, but gamers speak with their dollars and most want the samething. Just look at the type of games that currently flood the market.

FreshRevenge2007d ago

Graphics and gameplay go hand and hand. Being able to recognize your surrounding immerses you in the game. Since Crysis is a shooter, the gameplay mechanics aren't going to change drastically from another. Pretty much you point and shoot. Go through an area and shoot some more. I think with Crysis, I think puzzle elements should have been incorporated into gameplay. This way it makes you think. Some levels of the games, you don't even have to engage with the enemy. So you can just skip a lot of the fighting if you wanted to and get to the end and basically be done with it. So the only thing that Crysis has going is shooting and and pretty graphics.

MadMen2007d ago

First - Its not concrete that they do not matter

Second - They do matter

All things in games are FACTORS, but overall it has to have a little of everything

Graphics & Gameplay are perspectives, everyone's is different

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