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Poll: Graphics or gameplay?

What should a game have better?

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#1 riahc3

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 15:36

Hello,

This goes for everything from the Magnavox Odyssey to the Xbox One to your new gaming PC.

What should games be developed: For gameplay or for graphics?

Let the (following Neowin rules) war begin!


#2 Max Norris

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 15:39

A game with poor gameplay is no fun, no matter how pretty it is, just an overglorified tech demo otherwise.  I've seen plenty of old games with poor graphics (by today's standard) that are just a lot more fun to play than current stuff.  Gameplay > graphics every time.  Graphics does matter, but without good gameplay, who cares?



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Posted 26 November 2013 - 15:41

Gameplay, but why not both?

 

There's also a difference between a developers choice to funnel more money into one or the other (budget restrictions), and hardware limitations/boundaries that no amount of money would change.



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Posted 26 November 2013 - 15:43

Gameplay.

 

But if it were only about gameplay we would not need a new generation of consoles. So let's not fool ourselves. Graphics are important too.



#5 Andrew

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 15:44

Gameplay always comes first for me, but I'll actually choose art style over graphics.



#6 incendy

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 15:45

lol, obviously game play. They are games.



#7 firey

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 15:46

A game with great graphics can be boring.   However I would rather play a game with good game play and great graphics than a game with good game play and good graphics.  For me I want the best of both.  I would rather play a fun game with amazing graphics than an amazing game with crap graphics.  



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Posted 26 November 2013 - 15:49

I think Minecraft is the best example of gameplay over graphics.  I think its safe to say that Minecraft is one of the worst looking games currently being played but also has a huge following.  I agree that there should be both in todays market due to the power of the systems today.  If it was all about graphics people wouldnt be playing old zelda and final fantasy games.



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Posted 26 November 2013 - 15:50

I think Minecraft is the best example of gameplay over graphics.  I think its safe to say that Minecraft is one of the worst looking games currently being played but also has a huge following.  I agree that there should be both in todays market due to the power of the systems today.  If it was all about graphics people wouldnt be playing old zelda and final fantasy games.

 

Due to scope Minecrafts graphics can actually be quite taxing :p Although JAVA doesn't help....



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Posted 26 November 2013 - 15:51

I think Minecraft is the best example of gameplay over graphics.  I think its safe to say that Minecraft is one of the worst looking games currently being played but also has a huge following.  I agree that there should be both in todays market due to the power of the systems today.  If it was all about graphics people wouldnt be playing old zelda and final fantasy games.

If you use stock graphics.  I use nice HDR graphics that make it look super realistic and nice.   Also, there are people that find nostalgia in old graphics.  Personally I have skipped past a lot of indie titles purely based on the graphics.   I have also bought games purely based on the graphics.



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Posted 26 November 2013 - 15:52

I think back to all the games I played as a kid and realize that graphics had little to do with it.  Hell, sometimes nothing considering how much I like Zork et al.  



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Posted 26 November 2013 - 16:00

It cannot be settled. While good graphics is very straightforward - just throw more candy on screen -, good gameplay is not, is very subjective and varies heavily among genres, among players themselves, among systems (PC vs console) and, I repeat, is very subjective. Anyone is likely to pick gameplay, but we must remember most of us have our own, different from many, ideas of what constitutes good gameplay.



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Posted 26 November 2013 - 16:05

Gameplay.  Cryteks games are a solid example of how to make pretty visuals but have a game which is boring as hell.



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Posted 26 November 2013 - 16:06

Hello,

There is a reason I didnt let people vote for both :p

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 16:07

I can't answer this poll as it's not that simple. it's not a simple either or question.