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Graphics whores? It's a two-way street

Discussion in 'Nintendo Wii Gaming' started by FRuMMaGe, Jan 23, 2008.

  1. FRuMMaGe

    FRuMMaGe Waluigi's #1 Fan!

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    Just felt like writing a little post on the endless supply of Wii owners who take it on themselves to cling with such piousness to the notion that all games with good graphics inherently lack depth or fun game-play.

    I refer you to the encapsulation of this in the following thread, aptly named "OMG This is so freakin annoying!"

    http://www.wiichat.com/lounge/46117-omg-so-freakin-annoying.html
    As you can see, this person has probably never played Bioshock, but because it has amazing graphics they are making several (wrong) assumptions:
    > The game is NOT fun to play.
    > The game has poor controls and/or game-play.
    > Everyone who likes the game is a "graphics-whore".

    This is a very widespread state of mind across most of this forum and it really ticks me off when I hear amazing games such as Halo 3 and Bioshock having their great graphics used as a negative point.

    I am sure I am not alone in this.

    EDIT: Before some people start a barrage of poorly worded "ZOMG! U R T3H GR4FICKS HORE!" posts, I would like to stress that I enjoy my Wii more than my Xbox 360.
     
  2. Frogger

    Frogger God Complex

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    Yeah, but like, the Wii's still better!

    Well, I'm not one for venturing on other consoles, but the PS3 is in my house, so I just watch my cousins fail miserably at the Simpsons. But, even that has absolutely stunning graphics, the Wii's graphics do make me want to stab myself in the eyes, still, I prefer the console for a number of reasons.

    See the problem is, it's a battle of opinions, and you're all too stubborn and bias.
     
  3. Sterculius

    Sterculius WiiChat Member

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    i think rather than pointing the finger at one another making accusations (albeit pointless ones)...they need to realize they can't generalize anything. Not every game with good graphics is fun, not every game with poor graphics is fun. It's all about who has the time, skills and money to do one or the other or both.

    Sure Mario Galaxy is no Crysis in terms of graphics, but it's fun as hell. But that doesn't automatically mean every game with poor graphics on the Wii is a winner. There's countless titles showing up in the discount bin for a reason, cuz they suck.

    And conversely, just because a game has phenomenal graphics, doesn't mean the developers can't forge out good gameplay to go with it. There's God of War 2 (phenomal graphics for a last gen console), and Devil May Cry 4 on the way, and so on...

    People need to grow up and realize each game is unique and there's absolutely no way to generalize and be correct all the time.

    So ya, both sides need to stop.
     
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  4. FRuMMaGe

    FRuMMaGe Waluigi's #1 Fan!

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    I prefer the Wii as well. I'm just trying to explain that I don't think games are automatically bad as soon as they surpass a certain graphical level :lol:
     
  5. Frogger

    Frogger God Complex

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    Oh no, good quality! The game must be awful!

    It's just a matter of genres appealling to different audiences, and there's a lot of them people would consider fun. I mean, I sit there on Mario Galaxy and my cousin turns it off to play Mario Sonic Olympic tripe thing, which is the most horrendous game I own currently, but he's only five. Still, if it helps the market nobody cares, there's no way of classifying it.

    Plus, Frummage, I actually take your opinion seeing as you actually play very well. ;)
     
  6. FRuMMaGe

    FRuMMaGe Waluigi's #1 Fan!

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    Ahh yes. Damn you and your Bob-ombs :lol:
     
  7. Squall7

    Squall7 A li'l bit different

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    Wow. Not sure how many people actually use that flawed arguement (that graphics = bad game).

    Personally, to me it's a case of "graphics don't decide whether a game is good or not". In essence, I treat graphics as a red herring. It's neither here nor there, although it's designed to try and convince people.

    Besides, I can't complain, I'm hoping to get a 360 soon! :p (In fact, there's masses of people in this forum that has Wii and a 360).
     
  8. Narah

    Narah WiiChat Member

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    For me the most important thing is wether a game is fun or not. If a fun game also has good graphics, brilliant! If it doesn't, I don't mind.
     
  9. 261311

    261311 The Man on Ice

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    Graphics are a bonus, in other words, they don't make a game.
    I do find that games with low-quality animations and graphics may even equal or surpass those with good graphics because they either a. spent more time on the game in the playability section, or b. had more money left over to use on the game from not exercising their right to put "l33t super gfx" in their games. This doesn't mean that graphically lacking games are always better, because just as ones that are graphically superior, they have their off-titles but this is more less of a generalization of my opinion.
     
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    I think people get so caught up defending their consoles that statements like "Games with good graphics are not fun to play" just slip out. I play games because they are fun and normally the strength of the graphics in a particular game don't change the level of enjoyment for me. I guess that's why I own a Wii, because I have fun with Nintendo's games.
     
  11. hal2814

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    I think you've picked the wrong quote to base your argument off of, Frummage. The post you quote is a rant from a person who believes his friend is wrong to think Bioshock more deserving of some Game of the Year award than Mario Galaxy solely based on graphics. Let's break down these points:

    > The game [Bioshock] is NOT fun to play.
    I challenge you to find anywhere Inferno7 stated or even implied how fun Bioshock is to play. Also note that Inferno7 never even states that Mario Galaxy deserves to be game of the year. The onyl thing he does is imply that Bioshock shouldn't beat out Galaxy solely based on graphics.

    > The game has poor controls and/or game-play.
    Uhhh... Where exactly did you get that from? I don't see any mention of Bioshock's controls or game-play.

    > Everyone who likes the game is a "graphics-whore".
    I highly doubt Inferno7's friend's comments are really a direct quote but even if it's just a paraphrase, it appears that there was some back and forth on Bioshock or Galaxy for game of the year and Inferno7's friend's defense of why Galaxy could not win is based solely on its graphics. He's very obviously stating the case on why his friend is a "graphics whore" along with a specific case of why he does not like "graphics whores." Never does this implication spill over to the Bioshock player in the general sense.

    I don't have a horse in this race so don't think I'm making some sort of case for any game of the year award. I've personally never played Bioshock. I've never even heard of it. I'm sure it's fun. Personally, I'm not so keen on Mario Galaxy. I much prefer Paper Mario, but I really don't play enough games per year to even know what's out there.

    I do see the point you're trying to make though and I do agree with it in principle. There are probably of people out there who think good graphics equals bad game. People with that mindset are as bad as those who think that graphics are more important than gameplay. But from the information we have at hand, there is no way of knowing if Inferno7 believes that good graphics equals poor gameplay. I hate to see a good argument lose because of poor reasoning, but making Frummage's argument and using Inferno7 as an example is exceptionally poor reasoning.
     
  12. FRuMMaGe

    FRuMMaGe Waluigi's #1 Fan!

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    "Im so annoyed and I know this is the millionth thread about it but I just want to stress my point! My friend is anoyying now because all he cares about in a game is the graphics! Im so tired of graphics whores. They are so annoying I mean, these days its all about graphics! Where has the real fun gone? Listen to this retarded

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    Sorry I didn't put this very well. I wasn't referring to this post, rather the whole thread and similar threads.

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    Here is a quote from the same user:

    "If online got taken away from Halo 3, Only a handful would quit because they would just love to look at the cinematics over and over again."

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    I was using Inferno7 as an example because he was acting like a stereotypical "gameplay-whore"

    Sorry if any of it was unclear. I wasn't trying to make a case, I was just stating my opinion :yesnod:
     
  13. Dreamweaver

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    Imo, grahpics are another part of the game. Just one of many contributing factors that decide how good I think it is. Personally, I don't think it is any more or less important than gameplay, although that might seem a little extreme and many would disagree.
     
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    Harek RPG Freak

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    You're kidding right :mad5: Id rather play a game with weak graphics and good gameplay compared to the other way around any day. Example: why is the virtual console so popular, because the games on it have such awesome graphics?:crazy:
     
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    I happen to like the graphics of VC games a lot more than current ones for some reason. Anyway, I wasn't saying I'd rather play a game with nice graphics than good gameplay. What I'm saying is that to me they are equal and there shouldn't be one factor that makes a good game, it's ALL part of the experience.
     
  16. T3kNi9e

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    Like everyone is saying graphics is just a plus. People who cry about "graphic whores" are hypocrites. They only are even bring up "graphic whores" because the console they own is weakest in graphical power. Ive never heard people cry about this in the Gamecube era. Everyone loved the new graphics, graphics is always a good thing to deny this is hypocracy. But as soon as Wii is released and 360/PS3 is far ahead of them, then suddenly graphics mean ****. The only reason why they say this is to defend their console. But you still see those same whiners going ga-ga when a new Nintendo has good graphics. When the new console for Nintendo is released everyone who had not experienced the graphical power will go ga-ga once again for new shiny graphics. But in the end graphics is just a perk.

    So just let those 360/PS3 marvel in awe, because guess what? So did you when you first experienced new graphics.
     
  17. Squall7

    Squall7 A li'l bit different

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    True. Although the reason the graphics point is becoming more moot of late, is simply because Nintendo has opened up gaming. Personally, I prefered N64 control over Gamecube and dual shock, but the wiimote is even further different. Not defneding those people, just explaining why graphics are less important nowadays.

    Oh, and forgot to say, it's probably because even smaller developers are making things that graphically look decent, and so graphics isn't neccesarily a defining part of the game as much as it used to be.
     
  18. Clish

    Clish PM me if you add my wii

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    the wii's graphics arn't bad.... i mean... it seems like people talk as if the wii's graphics are worse than the PS2/xbox .. but the fact is that the GC's graphics are actutally capable of being better than both xbox and PS2 .... and since the Wii has at least 2x the graphics power the GC has ..... well.. go figure...
     
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    that's really interesting, Frummage. I never thought of it like that. But I have seen people say things to this effect. But I don't think like that, and never has. I think those that do say this feel that the wii is inherrently inferior and they have no other way of defending it when they are told that it IS inherently inferior, since graphic processing power is a measure of superiority or infeiority.

    I mean I wanna play Bioshock and others like it. It did deserve game of the year, alongside Mario Galaxy. Another game I want to play is, Drakes Fortune, cuz it looks like a kinda adventure platformer game, and it looks soo good! WOW!
     
  20. Squall7

    Squall7 A li'l bit different

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    To be fair, I think most people are getting peeved off with developers not even trying to do something more creative with the graphics of the Wii. It seems a dumping ground for PS2 ports. Even Factor 5 said so a while back. Thankfully, they'll be able to put other devs to shame with whatever game they're doing.

    Here's the interview: http://uk.wii.ign.com/articles/762/762984p1.html
     
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