Originally Posted by viperjason
People dont merely focus on power and graphic, rather it is used as a means to measure a systems potential and limits. This is important for innovative system progression and the evolution of gaming in general. Sometimes showing off never before seen graphical capabilities is fun. Insert immersion. Imagine a system that can only have 1 mario on the screen in 8bit graphics. Yeah its fun, but the sheer enjoyment of also being able to play a game that has 400 marios running around on the screen in real time with 128 bit graphics and AA x 4 is sheer eye candy. Rather, orgasmic. Better graphics and power are responsible for the invent of 3d games. Mario 64 wouldnt be made if not for better power and graphics.
You are right in the sense that fun games are the best result, but so is immersive gameplay as well as games that utilize the power and graphics of the time to help games evolve. You shouldnt downplay the graphics and power in their relation to gaming in general. Gaming started with graphics and power and it will end with graphics and power.