Tuesday, 11 October 2011

I Played You For The Story

This post was actually inspired by a comment I left for once. Hard to believe. Although a comment Mekkor left did get me off my ass and finally writing it. He said
 "i cant understand that hype behind minecraft.
Yeah, you can build whatever you want but the graphic itself looks so.... old?
Maybe im just to spoiled after all these years of playing the newest games with the newest graphics. I also need a story in a game". 



I can agree with him on a game needing a story. As much as I love sandbox games with huge worlds, I tend to just stick to the path, and get the job done, and do pretty much every side mission I find because I'm just like that. But this isn't about story, it's about graphics.

Some games that are argued to be the greatest of all time, such as Final Fantasy VII, which is also regarded as the best Final Fantasy by fanbois (I think I preferred IX more), had very blocky graphics, and square muscles abound. But it was the story that grabbed you, not the graphics. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for me had some pretty damn good graphics, as well as a good story, which is what a game needs. But graphics are not all that important.

Nowadays you have games with amazing graphics, like Crysis, which has graphics so advanced that it takes such a well built computer a lot of people can't actually play it. I also know someone who bought Crysis 2 just to look at the graphics. He just stands there and looks at the world. I consider this a huge waste. FFVII is probably cheaper than Crysis, and frankly I'd rather have VII. I do actually, I have FFVII, VIII, IX, X, XII and my brother has XIII. But I'm yet to play that one. Not sure if I'm even willing to. X was a good game, but as much as I love sky pirates, and I bought XII JUST to be a sky pirate, I've stopped playing it. XIII is also regarded as a huge failure despite it being ever so pretty. 

Just Cause is another example for me. I picked it up thinking "Game where I take part in a revolution and get to do some cool shit with a grappling hook? Awesome". I did like the game sure, and I thought that visually it was awesome, but the game still felt like a letdown.

I really would rather play a game that has a good story, has good gameplay elements, it's nice to look pretty, but it's not essential, especially with a PC game. PC games can be way cooler than console games, but if you fill it with pretty pictures, you have a game that few people can play, and the ones that do are usually disappointed.

Then again some people would rather a game look nice than play nice.

37 comments:

  1. Not that big on gaming, but when I do play a game, although graphics are important, I think it's the actual gameplay that matters the most. I mean, what good is a game if it has kickass graphics but the game itself sucks?

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  2. oh games, I know nothing about you. haha

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  3. The only good thing about good looking game is their good looking. hahahaha. Crysis 2, Fable 3 are worth it to play and they look good. But some games like Bulletstorm God! the first game I ever bought off steam and it was TRASH. Sometimes having a shitty graphics can add to the sense of the game. Minecraft being so simple is what makes you more creative. Oh If you love simple games Try "Limbo" Mark.

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  4. i just like playing games with cute sound effects like bubble island or brain buddies ^__^

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  5. I've just noticed for some reason the text had a pink highlight. bleh. Okay, now to reply.

    @Angry Lurker So do most people, but most people are typically the ones who don't get what they want.

    @Danjor21 Then it's not really worth much lol, but the game makers seem to be learning this lesson very slowly

    @Mai Yang I know I know, but I can't cater to everyone at once, no matter how much I try.

    @Dilord Fable 3 was worth playing, and I had a lot of fun playing it, but I noticed they (as always) took out things people did want, and replaced them with things people want, while leaving in things people didn't want. Oh and Limbo creeps me out.

    @Indistinctive Writer Hehe there are some that can make it on just that :P Like Bejewelled.

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  6. Conclusion: sandbox games aren't your thing.
    But I still don't get why people complain about the graphics. "It's so cuboid!" Yeah, dude, ever tried making a game like Minecraft without the cube aspect? You won't be able to. It'll break gameplay and/or make it impossible to make. Besides, graphics are a fun aspect of games, but not a necessity.

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  7. @Fang nah I love sandbox games really. Sid Meir's Pirates! is one of my favourite games evar. You're right though, that's really how Minecraft has to work, and it does work like that. Don't fix what ain't broke, and it's nice to see someone actually sticking to that.

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  8. HL2 is still the greatest FPS of our time I think. It has aged very well and still is a lot better than most of the things we have today.

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  9. @DWei You're going to beat me to death over this (assuming you even read it) but I've never played Half-Life 2. I gave Half Life 1 a go, and it just wasn't my thing.

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  10. I was a game addict years ago. D:

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  11. I guess I love games with no story. My favorite games are Tetris (no story there) and Civilization 3 (no story there inless you pretend you an imortal who is building up an empire over a span of thousands of years, which I do do.)
    Why do you enjoy storys in game? Do you put your self in them and live out your fantasys? or do you just find them exiting?

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  12. FFVII horrified me with how ugly it was when I first started playing it, but the story is really, really excellent and doesn't feel tired out even though the game is 14 years old. Although in this case the graphics do present somewhat of a problem since it can be really hard to see where you're going sometimes (or maybe that's just me and my spatial impairment, lolol).

    Besides VII, XIII is the only FF game I've played. It was boring as shit at first, despite its gorgeousness, but it does get better! I enjoyed both my Final Fantasy games. Even though I'm currently stuck on both.

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  13. My 2 Pesos I still am :)

    Bersercules I like games like that, Sim Cities rank in my favourites, and the Total War series. Usually it for living out ones fantasies, but sometimes I do find them exciting and generally good stories too. The only problem with game stories is that you can forget the beginning when you see the end because you forget what happened about 30 hours ago.

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  14. @The Rambler I'm still partway through another play through of VII as well. It can be a little tough to see where you're going at times that's for sure. I don't agree with people who say that FFXIII is good after about 20 hours (what people tend to say) it should be good from a few hours at most. I can appreciate a game taking a while to really kick in, but that long? Try harder.

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  15. Agreed. Thats why I love Castle Wolfenstein!

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  16. You want graphics? Watch a blockbuster movie. lololol

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  17. @Copyboy Never really played them myself but I know others who have and say it's awesome

    @Henry Don't get me started on movies lol. It's true though, you want stunning visuals? Go watch a movie.

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  18. I like the games where I used my imagination to make stories. Like imagining the lives of the people in certain neighborhoods in Sim City. Or Mario talking smack to the guys he is stomping. But then again, I'm kinda sad.

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  19. @AllensTesch Nope that makes you badass.

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  20. Absolutely agree with everything you said! However, FFVII is the best.

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  21. I agree with you. I hate those games that are overrated because of their graphics. Hell, I'd play Tetris anyday over those crappy games with godly graphics.

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  22. @Caroline Nice to see you commenting here :) You only say that because you have love for Cloud. Everyone does, even me, but I just lost myself more in IX.

    @JoshuaTangent Tetris is the real king of games, screw Yugi.

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  23. I rarely care about the story. If i have fun, that's enough for me. That's why i love sport games the most. I can't really relate to you on this one.

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  24. @Plumber I can actually agree with you, even if you aren't agreeing with me lol. Sometimes when I'm bored or want to play with my brother we choose sports games. It's fast, it's fun, and there's no obligation to keep playing.

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  25. Ocarina of Time and Portal 2 are my favorite games. Actually, Portal 2 is one of the funniest media experiences I've ever had, let alone video games.

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  26. I personally like all games, console or pc.
    I also want to let you know that your blog is the HOLY BLOG OF THE WEEK over at A LUNATIC POPE DOT COM:
    http://www.alunaticpope.com/p/my-favorite-blogs.html

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  27. Windwaker is my favorite Zelda game (and probably favorite video game) because of its story, graphics (simple but very stylized), and because the world felt so big (and in need of exploration).

    Coincidentally, these are the three most-cited reasons for people disliking the game. Go figure.

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  28. "I think I preferred IX more"
    You've won my heart, too bad you're not a woman.

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  29. a post based on a comment of mine... i feel honored :D
    Anyway, you have a good point there. I have to admit that i bought Crisis 2 and stared at the graphics for like half an hour before i did my first move. Then i played through it in 7 hours straight. ^^
    There are some promising new games in the development so lets hope that there is something for everyone. Also the new Zelda game will be released soon :D

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  30. @M Fawful I've had fun with Portal one but I'm yet to play 2, but it is praised as being that lol. OoT was just fantastic.

    @Pope Yay! I saw that Plumber was the first guy you gave that honour to, so I was wondering when it was going to be my time lol. Now all I need is for people to read that page other than me. I think I prefer console to PC but I play on PC more. Console is just safer, you know that your console should be able to handle it.

    @Lot's Wife I liked Wind Waker myself. I never owned it or played it properly, but someone I know asked me to do some of it for them. I don't mind the graphics, but I wish we did have less spin off games of it. It was a pretty good game though, and those reasons you mentioned are what makes it good, not bad.

    @Shaw Too bad you aren't gay.

    @Mekkor There are some promising games. New Zelda amongst them, but I think gaming is something where you will never get something everyone can enjoy because everyone just loves to bitch about things they want that are missing.

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  31. X and XII are the best

    VIII and IX are really good

    havent played V, VI or VII or XIII

    III and IV are good

    I and II arent really good...

    thats my opinion on the whole series, im kinda still wainting for a remake of 5-7 so i can play them

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  32. Play the original version. It's pretty easy to emulate as it doesn't blow up in your face like an emulated IX does. I think they've already remade VII or plan to though.

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  33. As for Crysis 2 itself, there are a good comparison of the console versions for the PC with different graphics settings? My PC is a bit above the minimum, and I wonder if working in a lower resolution could allow it to grow to "Advanced".

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  34. @R4i I think that the graphics on the PC version are better if you have the equipment, and the 360 ones are still pretty good, more than good enough.

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  35. You know how I feel about OoT, of course, and I'm pretty sure I've made allusions to my opinion of the importance of graphics vs. story (sweet graphics are nice, but it is still the story that counts). As for Final Fantasy, I've played VII (and DoC and CC), IX, X, X-2, XII and XIII, but I find it hard to really compare them. All of them, for me, have their own merits and different strong points, although I have to say I'm less taken with X-2 and XIII than the rest. (IX I've just started playing, and I'm still getting a feel for it, but I think I might really like it.) :'DD.

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    1. Well IX is one of my favourites so I insist you love it. Love it now! It's hard really to compare final fantasy's, and in a way unfair, the same with Zelda games really. I'm currently playing through FFVII again myself, and it's been fun. The story should count more than the graphics but sadly these days it doesn't seem to.

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