Five Abused Video Game Visual Effects

Like children with new toys, developers can excitedly overdo it with visual effects until good sense prevails - here are five examples of exactly that from across video games history

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fr0sty885d ago (Edited 885d ago )

Dirt on the lens (and JJ Abrahms style overuse of lens flare) is the worst, especially in war games like Battlefield. We're not supposed to be a camera! Way to ruin the illusion of actually being the player we're controlling.

PrimeVinister885d ago

Yeah, that's a bad one that is missing from the list

FPS_D3TH885d ago

Most soldiers today wear goggles or tactical glasses so dirt on the lens isn’t that much of a stretch tbh

isarai885d ago

Vignettes, chromatic aberration, and that annoying thing where they blur the corners of the screen. Also film grain.

FPS_D3TH885d ago

All those immediately get turned off when I load up my settings haha. Unless I’m going for screenshots it’s more than annoying

PrimeVinister885d ago

You are mostly stuck with whatever terrible effects on console. There are some options like motion blur that can switched off but it's not common

PrimeVinister885d ago

Depth of field is annoying. Along with most camera or lens effects.

But DoF will be cool in the future when they can track what you are looking at and apply DoF accordingly.

DeviateFish885d ago

Don't forget camera shake and "realistic" camera movement in cutscenes.

porkChop885d ago

The Syndicate reboot had the absolute worst bloom I've ever seen. It literally hurt my eyes and gave me a headache just from playing. I could never finish it.

PrimeVinister885d ago

Absolutely. Beyond the distraction and obstruction, it looked unpleasant a lot of the time.

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Great Games for Avid Readers

GF365: "If you’re a reader, this list of great games for avid readers is for you. Games are a form of art, and some have written literature in them."

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Games with the dumbest NPCs

Non-playable characters in certain games are meme material, thanks to their foolish behavior. These are the big-budget games with the dumbest NPCs.

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closed_account121d ago (Edited 121d ago )

Bethesda makes the most consistently stupid NPCs, like really bad... yet I still can't help but love playing their games. Guilty pleasure, I guess. *sigh* 😩

Flawlessmic121d ago

How did redfall not make the cut.

anast120d ago (Edited 120d ago )

Every Bethesda game and Every Halo game. This list needed to have Cyberpunk somewhere.


Microtransactions: How They Started

Microtransactions have been around since the advent of gaming itself, but the mechanic has evolved a lot to reach its present-day stage.

LordoftheCritics191d ago

Let me re-introduce you to the scum of our industry.

Activision Blizzard
Bethesda (you started it you son of a...)

SullysCigar191d ago

Thanks, Bethesda! How fitting that you jumped into bed with the company that brought to us 'paying to play with friends', despite already paying the internet service providers. Awesome contributions, now standardised across this wonderful industry.

meanmallard190d ago

The rise of "DLC" started when Microsoft wanted to maximize profits by charging for online and allowing companies to sell crap like horse armor on the console space.

If it wasn't for Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony wouldn't be charging for online play and neither Sony nor Nintendo was putting any kind of "DLC" in their games until market pressure forced it upon them.

So thanks Microsoft from the beginning you have made console gaming worse.

blackblades190d ago

IDK I think eventually they would've done it regardless but yeah MS started a lot of crap and smeared all around.

meanmallard189d ago (Edited 189d ago )

I believe that if it wasn't for Microsoft console and PC would have had a much more divergent path like they had up to that point.

Switch is basically the first generation on Nintendo to embrace DLC, and the PS3 barely had a store early on and it was pressure from outside that forced them to have those things. And paid online didn't even start till PS4 at which point it was just about having the revenue stream that Microsoft was getting, and even then it was much more relaxed than on xbox where you even had to pay to play f2p games and PS+ gave you free games (including day 1 games), while xbox didn't offer any games at the time.

-Foxtrot190d ago

Horse Armour - "Ahh don't worry it's just silly armour, don't like it don't buy it, you've got nothing to worry about"

Loot Boxes - "Ahh don't worry, if you don't like them you don't have to buy them, you've got nothing to worry about"

Microtransactions - "Ahh don't worry it's just an optional thing, don't like it don't buy it, you've got nothing to worry about"

GaaS Games - "Ahh don't worry, clearly the game isn't for you, don't like it don't buy it, there's other games out there you've got nothing to worry about"

And everytime it gets worse the same people will say

"How did this happen, we should have done something"

oIMyersIo190d ago

Online passes too…those were an annoying few years trying to stop the second hand market.

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