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Something that still tends to get muddled is an important distinction:

 

Graphics

vs

Aesthetic

 

A game can have limited graphics, but a signature aesthetic which really takes advantage of those limitations.

Meanwhile, you can also have a game with state-of-the-art graphics that has no aesthetic style, which ends up looking dated and trash as soon as the next generation comes out.

 

The downward spiral of chasing the best graphics is largely a marketing ploy to drive up impulse buying.  As the consumer base of games become more savvy to development and marketing, the more we're seeing games with genuine and well-crafted aesthetics with minimal graphics receiving praise and attention.  Eventually, the increasing costs of chasing graphic fidelity will sink in with more production/publishing bodies, and only the plainly derpy or the ones who have skin in the game of pushing hardware will continue that pursuit.

 

That's at least my prediction.  I've been out for about five years, so I don't get to nearly as many IGDA-or-related mixer nights as I used to.

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On 1/23/2020 at 2:10 PM, That Ninja said:

I don't want to be a debbie downer and really applaud the effort MSM and everyone else are putting into their successor games, but has there been one crowd-source MMO that hasn't been a disappointment, even by more experienced developers?

 

The return on investment is so low that video games need to be banned outright from crowdfunding . They always wind up being a money sink at best and an outright scam at worst.

You pay to play, having fun is ok, kill Skuls or kill Crey, hunt at night or in the day, black or white or shades of gray, play it your way, we have no say.

 

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On 7/6/2020 at 7:49 AM, ImpousVileTerror said:

A game can have limited graphics, but a signature aesthetic which really takes advantage of those limitations.

PRIME example - the Silent Hill series.

 

The fog in those games was originally a way to cover for the limitations of the Playstation's rendering software to render stuff at a distance.

 

Since then though, it's become iconic  of the game series.

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On 10/24/2021 at 9:56 AM, Optimum_Man said:

 

The return on investment is so low that video games need to be banned outright from crowdfunding . They always wind up being a money sink at best and an outright scam at worst.

I've had a few video game Kickstarters make good. Bloodstained in particular comes to mind. I'm really picky about who I'll back, though. The team usually has to have a track record of getting the job done before I'll invest.

 

I made an exception for CoT, but I did it knowing it was a long-shot from the beginning. At the time it seemed the most promising of the successor projects and I wanted to show that there was still support for a superhero MMO.

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