The Domain Query series is finally back, with a new instalment, thanks to LRFotS Randale6. He had an unusual and rather interesting question for me, related to gaming, which I answered at some length here. The question goes as follows:
Departing from our usual fare I have one question: have we reached "good enough graphics" for gaming? What I mean by this question is have we reached the point in gaming where making your game the most graphically advanced (and ram chugging) wunderwaffen is even necessary to attract gamers?
For what I would consider the "base" where I started to see this occur in my mind I am bringing up a mass effect 3 (2012 release date) gameplay video. I never played any halo games but from research halo 4 was release in the same year as mass effect 3, so it should make a good comparison to mass effect 3 (I don't believe you have played any mass effect games from what I can recollect).
It is a rather good question. In my personal view, graphics have plateaued - they haven't peaked yet, but they aren't really improving at the speed and levels that would tempt people to buy those games en masse. I think gaming will move back toward the things that make people actually fork out cash, by going back to the basics, because the obsession with having the most whiz-bang wowser graphics has resulted in serious deterioration of core gameplay mechanics, story, and character.
Of course, my views on gaming are positively archaic by modern standards, so I invite anyone who thinks differently, to comment below. Have at it, lads.
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