Simon Says: There is No Need for the Graphical Obsession With Next Gen

GameNTrain author Simon Marshall writes: Whenever a new game is released, the same is always said by gamers who are easily impressed.

“Wow, look at those graphics!”

There was a time when playing games such as FIFA 99 and Metal Gear Solid where I thought that these games were hugely impressive graphically. When you look back only a few years later when the PS one was replaced with the PS2, the graphics looked terrible in comparison as they all had flat faces and robotic body movements. With modern gaming there is such a huge demand for games to look the best they possibly can and I believe that this is hurting the industry. There are certain areas of gaming which are thriving even though they do not have the graphical prowess of the million dollar franchises.

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wtopez1444d ago

There's no real need. I still want it though.

Sayai jin1444d ago

I like to be "WOW'd" by graphics and somewhat expect that with nextgen games, but I also expect a leap in game play as well.

This gen certain people would harp about 3rd party looking better on a certain platform, so I expect certain other people to harp about the the difference in graphics the nextgen as well.

AgentSmithPS41444d ago

Smith Says: There is No Need for More Microsoft Apologists.

Microsoft makes over $1 Billion a year from xbox live and they're trying to sell you an xbone that pushes one half the pixels of the PS4. Apparently a big percentage of their profits go to their executives instead.

"Had all of these comparison videos and news about the two consoles not been released this week, I think it would be hard to find anyone would have made a huge fuss over the Xbox One’s graphical power compared to the PS4."
The xbone along with its secrets were buried for a long time, now that it's been exposed it's harder for people to stay in fantasy land.

"... but if you would rather have stronger graphics than a variety of great games (implying that xbone has more variety)"
I'd rather get both, graphics and variety. I got the most for my money with the PS4.

There are more quotes which I will not utter here.

PoSTedUP1444d ago

our eyes dont deserve to appreciate a developers effort to push great graphics & resolution. strictly games, guys.
and to hell with great sounding stereo systems. just shut up and enjoy the songs...

simon, please says you are joking.

MysticStrummer1444d ago (Edited 1444d ago )

@Smith - "I'd rather get both, graphics and variety. I got the most for my money with the PS4."

Yes. The PS4's launch title list is admittedly lacking in high profile AAA exclusives, other than Killzone (definitely) and Knack (debatably based on it's maker), but it does have the best graphics (technically speaking, not art style which is subjective) and the most overall variety. Going by Sony's console history, those other high profile AAA exclusives will come along soon and will continue throughout the life of the console. Going by MS's console history, they'll start strong and then fade.

On a side note, I just watched The Matrix and Neo just made you explode. If it makes you feel any better, you're played by a much better actor.

morganfell1444d ago

Do you know what Simon should really be saying? Simon should be saying there is no need for a self important individual with a cheap blog telling us what to think and telling us what we should and shouldn't want from gaming.

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shivvy241444d ago

Yeah true, honestly uncharted 3 still looks amazing and its 720p 30fps,, so anything that looks better Is a win for me

scofios1444d ago (Edited 1444d ago )

Simon Says: There is No Need for the Graphical Obsession With Next Gen

Scofios says where you last gen?
And frankie says relax don't do it.

Deadpoolio1444d ago

There is no real need unless of course there is a company that wants $500 for a new machine that is running the same resolution as their older $200 machine...That is something to kind of be or get upset about

mistertwoturbo1444d ago (Edited 1444d ago )

Gaming Media:

Xbox 360 Launch "OMG Look at the next-gen graphics!"

Xbox One Launch "There's no need for the graphical obsession with next gen."

miyamoto1444d ago (Edited 1444d ago )

yup. well said.

typical damage control from m$

now let's go to what pc gamers say....

stuna11444d ago

It's amazing how this generation many spent their every waking moments, and many sleepless nights burning the midnight oil obsessing over graphics and resolution! Sites like Lens of Truth garnered massive revenue from hits they received from those obsessing over which looked better. Major Developers well known in the industry constantly complained about how they weren't able to showcase their artistic brilliance because of weak hardware, which affected or cause their games to be met with mediocre reception, and reviews, because they just weren't pretty enough.

Now we're at the cusp of a brand new generation, and some damning information has leaked, spilled whatever some want to call it, now it's hold up! Stop the press, because that bit of leaked information is somehow not angled at its intended target, or the target that people believed it would be targeted at. Let's be honest! Many wanted the cycle to continue! Why? Is beyond me, but it is, what it is. Anyway a pre-emptive strike was made by Sony, and so far the competitor has been unable to recover. So that is why just mere weeks from release we are seeing articles like this pop up! Because we're down to the wire now, so it'll be pretty hard to undo most of the damage already done, so what's the next best course of action!? Bring the competitor down to your level! Scath their name, discredit what is being offered.

This is why an article like this would be written, because things haven't went the way they wanted it too. But I say this, the difference in resolution and graphical leap should be a big deal!!!! After all it is something that has been asking for since the beginning of the 7th generation.

MysticStrummer1444d ago

Yeah I have a strong feeling that sites like Lens of Truth will be enjoyed by the opposite crowd next gen compared to this one. Suddenly it's wrong to point out differences in resolution, AA, lighting, etc.

NeoTribe1443d ago

Considering the whole point in ever getting a new console is better hardware for improved graphics. I think its safe to say its important. They should make a seperate model for these dumbasses who don't think graphics are important. Put ps360 hardware into ps180 shells and sell it to em for 100 bucks cheaper.

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Tooly1444d ago

thers no need oh well pre order canceled goin back to my nes.

shivvy241444d ago

Going back to ps2 ! That shit was good, gotta dust off jak and Dexter then go for a feels trip

Tooly1444d ago

True Got mine in storage

WorldGamer1444d ago

When it was constant PS3 vs. 360 it was called comparisons, now because it's PS4 vs. X1 it's an obsession??

Also, admissions that you have "Already reserved a PS4 day 1" always make it seem like you are trying to cover up your excuses and failed attempts at shifting the conversation to something more convenient.

If you have games on the X1 that you must have, then by all means go get an X1. I think the real debate and problem is MS's reversals, boastings about non-sensical advantages, and when it came time for them to actually demonstrate what the system can do, it came up short.

COD Ghost was a huge hit, not because the game is a brilliant showing of graphical power, but because it is not. If you can't add 1+1, how are you going to be expected to do well in algebra not long after? I would consider that grounds to panic.


well MASTER RAIDEN says this Simon character is an idiot.

supes_241444d ago

Lol, I agree Raiden. It's not all about graphics but, it is 2013 and all our TVs have at least 720p, most of us own 1080p TVs. If the consoles have HDMI ports why not use them? It should be an industry standard to have HD games that utilize the TV's we play our games on, which is in my case, 1080p.

KimoNoir1444d ago

This post is gonna get wrecked.

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