Some people watch movies for kick ass action scenes.
Some people watch movies to laugh til it hurts.
Some people watch movies to me moved and to cry.
Thats the cool thing about different types of media. There’s a variety in what they offer, and there is never any ONE thing a movie, book, or song HAS to be.
Which is why it’s annoying as hell when people seem to not realize this concept applies to video games. I see so much shit like “Graphics don’t matter!” “Story doesn’t matter!”
It’s no different from saying action or humor doesn’t matter in a movie.
Different people enjoy different things.
There’s no reason there can’t be a variety of video games that offer different types of experiences.
"But Bat, video games are GAMES. Gameplay is always most important, and nothing else matters"
That argument seems to just base around the word “game”. If video games were called something else, I don’t even see this being an issue. There’s nothing wrong with using games as a form of interactive media to tell a story. Or to be gorgeous eye candy. If you don’t like that in a video game. Don’t play it. It’s that simple. People have different tastes and opinions on what they want most out of things. There will always be gameplay focused games too. Just play those if that’s what you like.
There’s also this really stupid notion that you can’t have a “fun” game that also focuses on graphics or story.
Do some games put all their focus on looks and no substance?
Sure. That happens. and sometimes when I order a sandwich, they put in too much lettuce and neglect the other condiments. But do I put the blame on the lettuce? No. Its the sandwich makers fault. Graphics, hyper realist or otherwise, are not a bad thing. Thinking that a game with focus on looks will hurt the games gameplay is on the fault of the DEVELOPER.
Sure, time and money can mean you can’t always have the cake and eat it too, but this idea that one HAS to suffer for the sake of the other is just stupid. You can have both. It’s not a concrete black and issue. Being ANTI graphics is one of the dumbest growing trends.
Play the games you like. Play what you enjoy.
And let others do the same.