Why Are We So Fixated on Graphics?

Is it just me or are gamers nowadays more fixated on graphics than gameplay and story? I can’t go to a forum without seeing an argument over graphics. We need not to look further than the hotly debated topic of the same title running 1080p native on PS4 and 720P native on Xbox One. Honestly, who cares? Unless you were to inspect each frame with a magnifying glass we wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

We weren’t always this aggressive when it comes to graphics. In the dark age when there were no forums or comments sections, battles were waged on the playground. Supporters of both sides would say whatever new to make their console sound better than the other. They got their information mainly from commercials and magazines published by either third parties or directly from the horse’s mouth. The reason I bring this up is because the conversations didn’t usually involve graphics. Yes there was that one kid who would claim this game looked better than that but nobody cared about that, it was all about what games were better.

Another big factor to look at is PC gaming rigs. People spend hundreds of dollars on a single component simply to have their game look prettier. I understand the draw, how much is it really worth? If I have to spend upwards of $100 on a graphics card I’ll simply be replacing in a few years why bother? When the leap to next-gen came last year the big question on everyone’s mind was how much better do the games look., only to realize that there really wasn’t much of a difference.

As someone who plays everything from MOBAs, to puzzle games and indies as well as big budget titles, I prefer gameplay over presentation. Isn’t that why we play gameS? For the gameplay, not to look at something pretty. I can’t help but feel consumers are more concerned with framerates rather than gameplay, which saddens me. If you want to play a realistic shooter that’s fine, but doesn’t the news about new guns and game modes matter more than what the framerate will be ? Obviously not all gamers are like this, just the less informed or those that simple don’t care. Either way, the conversation needs to change.

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