2014 looked like it was going to be a great year for gaming. Then it became the year of the delay (now 2015 looks great). As it stands now, 2014 is also the year of the remake/remaster/rerelease. Currently, the best game for the PS4 is a remaster of a PS3 game — The Last of Us. Upcoming releases include the Halo games remastered in the Master Chief Collection, Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire remastered, Grand Theft Auto V for current gen consoles, and Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition.
There is a misconception that console gamers don’t care about graphics and all of this has led to console gamers being #exposed for caring about graphics. Let me set the record straight: EVERYONE cares about graphics. Just because someone doesn’t join the “PC Master Race” doesn’t mean they don’t care about graphics. Look at consoles sales currently; they are selling pretty well even though people have no reason to upgrade to the PS4 or Xbox One. Seriously, these current gen consoles carry very few exclusives that are system sellers. Right now, the only reason to upgrade is for the better graphical performance.
All of this talk about graphics and resolution and comparing console and PC specs and yadda yadda yadda overshadows what aspects are important in games. People place such a huge emphasis on graphics that the focus turns to what a game looks like. Are graphics really the most important factor to you when deciding whether to buy a game or not? Where does story, replay value, gameplay, etc. factor in? Personally, story, replay value, and gameplay are more important than graphics. I value story highly because I love plot and character development and video games are another medium for that. Replay value is important because if you’re paying $60 for a game, you better get great value for it to justify that purchase. Gameplay is important but not as much as other video games elements because games nowadays are feeling way too similar. I think that developers need to get more creative in the genres we have.
Graphics are important, yes, but I feel as if the majority of games getting released lately all look great (no matter what platform), in their own way. Hell, if gamers only wanted every game to look beautiful and lifelike, Nintendo would have been out of business years ago and Indie games wouldn’t be getting made. This shows that while graphics are important, other elements are more important.
At the end of the day, can’t we all just get along and enjoy games? Can we get rid of the Shots Fired!!! and #exposed crap when it comes to console gamers “not caring about graphics?” We’re all gamers, so let’s just play games, damn it!
Austin is in his final year at the University of Florida studying English. He enjoys binge watching on Shark Tank, winning the Mortal Kombat, and occasionally stepping in for Batman when necessary.