"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.