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  WhiteLantern

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11/20/12 1:45:44 PM#21
Yes, graphics matter. In the same sense that purple is my favorite color. Each of us will determine for ourselves what constitues "good" graphics. See: WoW.

I want a mmorpg where people have gone through misery, have gone through school stuff and actually have had sex even. -sagil

  pressedNutz

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11/20/12 1:46:47 PM#22

You need both to be successful. If the engine is not up to modern standard the art style has to compensate for an audience to give it more than a second look.

If the gameplay is rubbish no one will play it for more than 10 minutes.

Still I jump at pretty graphics faster than a review of good gameplay simply because many reviewers seem to have no idea what they are talking about or are lying for the payola.

  Theocritus

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11/20/12 2:01:39 PM#23
       I would say that in many years of gaming that the graphics only bothered me a couple of times.....On a scale of 1 to 10 I'd rate graphics about a 3 in importance.
  DAS1337

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11/20/12 2:13:55 PM#24

In short.

 

Fun is a pre-requisite to any effect other mechanics may have on the game.

 

If it is not fun, it doesn't matter.  It's not easy to make fun games.

  Yamota

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11/20/12 2:16:20 PM#25

League of Legends looks great. GFX alone is not what decides how good a game looks but also artstyle, aesthetics etc. and LoL has excellent aesthetics and art style.

Beside that I agree with the article. GFX, or rather "looks" matters, but not at the expense of gameplay,

  Fearum

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11/20/12 2:26:56 PM#26
Graphics alone will not hold me to a game, but with each new game that comes out I expect to see an improvement in the graphics. I also need some depth behind them with the story, gameplay, combat and other mechanics of the game. Also art style has alot to do with which games I tend to look at, if a games art style looks very childish or cartoonish I tend to not really get involved with it. It may have the greatest gameplay ever, but if you have to be a unicorn, little girl, pokemon, panda or something like that I have no problem waiting for the next game.
  h3llryu

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11/20/12 2:27:19 PM#27
Let's be completely honest, looks matter. In all aspects of life, we focus on the looks before anything else, it's how we choose our significant others, cars, computers, games and so on. So if a game looks like crap then I don't even give it the time of day. I like to play games and imerse myself into a whole new world, not have a snes looking mmorpg and feel like I'm playing an open world of mario. Visuals should be a core aspect of creating a game because that will be what gamers see first. But, that does not mean the game should end there. Games should have just the same amount of time that was put into the visuals into other parts of our games. Game graphics really DO matter, it's just that game companies focus on that and not other aspects of the game.

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  makii

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11/20/12 2:30:40 PM#28
Boring column. I guess MMorpg.com is slowly dying. I remeber back then when the videos posted had up to 30k views. Now barely 2k views. Thats why they write those boring colums, no mmorpgs are coming out. And thats bad business for mmorpg. The mmorpg market is saturated. We barely get 1 new mmo in 4 months. Mobas are the new mmorpgs. Thats also why MMorpg.com post those informations about moba. I got offtopic.
  maplestone

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11/20/12 2:41:23 PM#29

"The reason I say this is because the average person will buy a game based on how it looks."

I think you need to seperate what matters for the business from what matters for the experience.  There are two seperate questions here: can I be convinced to buy the box and will I enjoy what's in the box once I have it?

(well, there's also a subdivision of that second question: will I enjoy wrapping my imagination around the first hour vs how will I see the game in a month once my brain has abstracted away all the superficial details and I only react to revelevent information as if I was watching a raw feed of the matrix scrolling down my screen)

  OgreRaper

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11/20/12 2:43:30 PM#30
Graphics are not one of the most important things to me. I still play Lineage 1 on private servers sometimes. A game with 1990's visuals. Also graphic style is more important to me than technical graphical stuff. Like to me, WoW looks better than pretty much every other MMO out today, because I think it has a cool art style.
  User Deleted
11/20/12 2:48:39 PM#31

Graphics matter just like looks matter IRL. At least to get the consumer to try it out. Example:

 

A) Hot babe, dumb as a rock. She's a cold hearted <*****> with an awesome rack.

B) Fugly girl with a GREAT personality. Great cook and great with kids!!

 

Based only on first impressions: Who's going to get picked up at the bar?

  Torvaldr

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11/20/12 2:49:25 PM#32
Originally posted by OgreRaper
Graphics are not one of the most important things to me. I still play Lineage 1 on private servers sometimes. A game with 1990's visuals. Also graphic style is more important to me than technical graphical stuff. Like to me, WoW looks better than pretty much every other MMO out today, because I think it has a cool art style.

I went back and played Lin before it closed.  It was still beautiful and the music added to the immersion.

Graphics do matter, but immersion matters more to me than cutting edge technology.  Gameplay is the most important thing.

I think a mind wipe so people could play an mmo like it was their first time again, would be easier to build than a new mmo people here would actually like. - DamonVile

  Liltawen

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11/20/12 2:49:43 PM#33

I think that they're 2 different teams that don't really have anything to do with the other.

The graphics people have a head start tho in  that a company can license a really good graphics engine, while you can't do that if you're in the story/game play department.

  lizardbones

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I've become dependent upon spell check. My apologies for stupid grammatical errors.

11/20/12 2:49:45 PM#34

All other things being even, the game with better graphics will win.

If two games have the same graphics, but one has better game play, the game with better game play will win.

Great graphics could give an otherwise mediocre game a much better reception, but it depends on what that game is competing against.

Concerning selling games, the game's graphics themselves might get the initial sale, but it's more likely that the advertising that's presenting the graphics gets the sale. In the 80s and 90s, video game graphics were pretty bad. Even the players at the time recognized how primitive the graphics were. The game boxes though, those looked great. Cheesy by today's standards, but still, they generally looked really good.

I don't know what all this means. I didn't read the article. Of course graphics matter. They just aren't the only thing that matters.

For every large, complex problem, there is a simple, clear solution that also happens to be absolutely wrong.

  JerYnkFan

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11/20/12 2:49:51 PM#35
Gameplay is way more important than graphics, but it shouldn't look like a game from 2004 either.  Then again I still enjoy EQ2 so that says something there in terms of graphics.
  lizardbones

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I've become dependent upon spell check. My apologies for stupid grammatical errors.

11/20/12 2:51:12 PM#36


Originally posted by Psychow
Graphics matter just like looks matter IRL. At least to get the consumer to try it out. Example:

 

A) Hot babe, dumb as a rock. She's a cold hearted <*****> with an awesome rack.

B) Fugly girl with a GREAT personality. Great cook and great with kids!!

 

Based only on first impressions: Who's going to get picked up at the bar?




Trick question. The Fugly girl will not be at a bar because she sounds reasonably intelligent and she knows that the guys at the bar aren't looking for someone who is good with kids.

For every large, complex problem, there is a simple, clear solution that also happens to be absolutely wrong.

  Terranah

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11/20/12 3:28:56 PM#37

Why is it either/or? Of course graphics matter but they are only part of a game's appeal.  To me, Precu SWG was perfectly acceptable and fine, and everything after that is just gravy.

 

This discussion is kinda like asking, when looking for a girlfriend, do you go for looks or personality?  Anyone that is firmly in one camp or the other is a bit extreme as most people look for something in between, and both are a matter of opinion.  If the requisite looks and personality are there and either exceeds expectations, consider it a bonus. 

 

 

  Thorkune

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11/20/12 3:47:42 PM#38
Graphics are important to me, but I will take OK graphics if the gameplay is stellar.
  Vlhad77

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Posts: 149

11/20/12 3:50:00 PM#39
for me the all important is CONTENT AND GAMEPLAY.  If the game has the best graphics in the world, and crappy content and gameplay then hell no.  I guess im oldschool which important stuff comes first.
  Anthur

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Posts: 616

11/20/12 4:11:51 PM#40
If you fall for the looks you are either very young or not very smart. Gameplay >> Graphics.
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