Graphics Are No Longer Important

CCC says: "We are repeatedly seeing that the next generation of consoles will differ radically from any before it. We’re not only looking at entirely different system architecture, heavy implementation of cloud computing and social networking, and an unprecedented level of publishing accessibility, but also a distinct lack of one element in particular: graphical improvement."

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Need4Game1553d ago (Edited 1553d ago )

I love looking at pretty picture.

wishingW3L1553d ago

pretty things are always a good thing except when they are shallow in the inside.

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morganfell1553d ago

This article reads like a banner ad for less powerful consoles.

Yes gameplay matters more but we are at a point with hardware where making a choice between one or the other is not necessary.

shoddy1553d ago

If graphics not important then hardware power is not important.

Stick with lastgen then caveman.

thehitman1553d ago

At morgan I agree 100% and what I was thinking. I think we are a point where engines have caught up for the most part and no longer so much money needs to be spend in R&D where developers can just focus more on gameplay and making sure the best experiences are brought through their visions. Graphics are still very important and I would like to still see better visuals but don't think the jump is as high to reach compared to current and last gen.

badz1491552d ago

graphics are no longer important? why? so the article is saying that games can look like shit but if the gameplay is good than that's all that matters? with power and creativity, we can actually enjoy both so if you think graphic is not important, speak for yourself!

ginsunuva1552d ago


processing power isn't just for visuals, duh.

AI, control latency and input response, number of objects, framerate, level size, online and/or multiplayer handling capability, downloading, etc..

shoddy1552d ago (Edited 1552d ago )

Are you saying hardware does not make good graphics?

bangshi1552d ago

Someone must have bought a Wii U and is trying to justify it's presence once next-gen is here.

For sure great gameplay is great gameplay. Some mobile games are fun to play, indie Vita games can be great to play and neither of those are graphical marvels.

But graphics are important.

Look at the reaction Watch Dogs received last year and The Division received this year.

For the most part people were going holy shit the graphics are insane, above the gameplay.

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Donnieboi1553d ago (Edited 1553d ago )

I like playing a good game even more than looking at a pretty picture.

Nothing looks more realistic than a live action movie, right? But movies make for crappy games (seeing as their not interactive).

I'd take a great game that looked like it was on the Sega Master System, before I take a pretty game that is trash.

Example: Phantasy Star 1 > Final Fantasy 13

madpuppy1553d ago (Edited 1553d ago )

graphics should complement gameplay, they are both important elements to a great game, great gameplay with poor graphics, terrible voice acting, repetitious, poorly written and played music and sound effects will end up being a bad game in the end. it's the recipe of ALL these elements that make a game great. saying ONLY gameplay matters means that a game like The Last of Us would be just as good if all the characters were stick figures and the environment was line drawings and the audio was midi. I think everyone here would agree that every aspect of TLoU make that game great not just one.

Pope_Kaz_Hirai_II1553d ago

graphics are important to me thats why i have a pc worth over 2 grand and a 2560x1600 monitor.

Hassassin1553d ago (Edited 1553d ago )

I have "only" a 1440p monitor and love good graphics. In graphics I take in account the art and style of the game.

A good soundtrack
Awesome Graphics
Intriguing Story
Fun and challenging gameplay

They all add up to a great experience in a game. A masterpiece should have them all.

bumnut1552d ago

I'm a graphics whore too, but I won't let poor graphics stop me playing a fun game.

McScroggz1553d ago (Edited 1553d ago )

Saying graphics don't matter is like saying music doesn't matter or animation doesn't matter. A game doesn't have to be the best looking game ever to be good, but it's reductive thinking to say they aren't important.

Simply put, would any game be better with worse graphics? No, it's absurd.

However, I WILL say art direction is more important than pretty graphics.

andrewer1553d ago

graphics just shouldn't be the main part of the game or what they want to attract people with. And I agree completely with what you said about art direction.

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sly-Famous1553d ago (Edited 1553d ago )

Graphics are important but not as much as some might think because contrary to p(c)opular belief graphics are not the be all and end all of gaming.

0ut1awed1553d ago (Edited 1553d ago )

Your logic is a little off buddy.

Can you say minecraft? Yea that originated and became vastly popular on the pc before they could port it to the 360. The 360 is extremely dumbed down and that is because it just can't support the worlds created on the pc version. Graphics have nothing to do with that. There are so many other vastly popular PC games that aren't necessarily graphic intensive.

PC is all about having a open platform that you can do ANYTHING on.

Because of that we DO have the be all and end all of gaming...mods and the community to support it.

Haters gonna hate.

sly-Famous1552d ago

Ahh yes minecraft, one of an extremly few that does not get referred to in the graphical sense and yet PC gamers look to consoles with disrespect because of the "so-called" graphic inferiority even though the PS3 boasts the best games this gen and in gaming history.

Im sorry to say bud, but PC hasnt been the be all and end all of gaming for a long, long, long time, mods and all.

But its like you said haters are undeniably gonna hate.

kayoss1552d ago (Edited 1552d ago )

Try telling that to all the fans who wants a remake of final fantasy 7 with current graphic. This includes me. Graphic does not make or break a game but it is very important in the experience of certain games. Imagine playing call of duty with stick figures as for graphics or gran turismo with graphics from the early 90's.

Sy_Wolf1553d ago

Is this guy blind? The difference in graphical fidelity is massive. And since when are launch titles indicative of the graphical potential of the hardware?

MidnytRain1553d ago

He didn't say either of those things.

Sy_Wolf1553d ago

He said there wasn't a huge graphical leap going to the Xbox 360-2 and PS4.

MidnytRain1553d ago

No, he said the jump isn't AS large as last time.

"The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are easily the most powerful consoles in the industry’s history, and therefore sport the best GPUs and game engines (of consoles, mind you). The countless reveals and gameplay trailers... attest to the raw power of the two systems as well as the resulting visual fidelity.."

Sy_Wolf1550d ago

Well it looks like my reading comprehension needs some work.

KwietStorm1553d ago

Oh god can we please stop with this. Graphics are forever going to be important. They are not the whole picture, but they are decidedly a piece of the whole pie. Even if the jump in fidelity is not astronomical, it is important. Deal with it.

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