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Graphics do not make the game - A blog

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Eratheon avatar Eratheon
Level 43 : Master Zombie
How many times have you heard someone say something like, "This game has better graphics than Minecraft! That's why it is better!"

It really drives me nuts how quickly people judge a book by it's cover. Once they give something a chance, they might find that they like the game or sport or whatever it is they are trying. All it takes is one chance to test whether your 'theory' is true or not.

Thanks for this <3

Today, my friend came up to me and asked me if I knew any good games that he could play.
"I really like playing Minecraft becau-"

"That game sucks! Who wants to play in a blocky world that have horrible graphics. [Example Game] has realistic graphics so it is MUCH better than Minecraft."

"But you haven't even tried playing the game!"

"I don't care, horrible graphics determine whether a game is good or not."

I'm not saying that I'm perfect and I don't judge books by their covers. We all do that every day. It's completely natural to judge, well, pretty much anything. However, we must keep in mind to judge others intelligently.

My advice: Do not judge the submission by it's cover photo. Take a minute or two to view the submission. Once that is done, then by all means, judge according to the content.

And remember to keep in mind respect for other members and what they've submitted. Don't be downright rude when commenting. Some people actually work hard on their submissions - even though it doesn't turn out the way they want it to. Being nice while making a comment doesn't hurt.

Better graphics is just another thing that makes the game better. However, it is not the main thing that does improve a game.

I think that a good game has to have some sort of storyline, a good amount of content to experiment with and use, many different in-game applications and it has to be fun to play of course.

These are just MY OPINION so please do not argue over what defines a
good game in the comments. I'm the kind of guy who likes sandbox games because of the almost endless possibilities.

Just to prove my point, here's a small list to start off the many things
that can be done in Minecraft:
  • You are your own storyline! :)
  • Role-playing (Hunger Games, CoD, Survival, etc)
  • Redstone contraptions, traps and gadgets
  • Building/architecture (houses, arches, towns/cities etc)
  • Modding the game (add new items, features, etc)
  • Letting your creativity flow endlessly ;)

If you haven't already discovered my point, then I'll type it one
more time for you :)

You can judge a book by it's cover, however, if you open the book and read it a little bit, you just might like it.

So go try something new or a game you haven't tried before. If you find that you like it, good for you!


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09/26/2012 1:33 am
Level 15 : Journeyman Skinner
Kaduu avatar
I build a giant statue of Steve some months ago.Well,that means creativity.Sometimes I wish I could return to the old alpha/infdev and play it...Sometimes I wish even to play indev,but they are gone,they did not have good graphics,but they where still creative,that's why I want to try them all.Tough I play minecraft since beta,I'm unknown to the world of alpha,infdev and indev.I already played classic,but it really lacks too many things,and you can't build a house,you can't have a door.Anyway,what I want to say it's that minecraft may lack good graphics,but if you want good graphics,you will crash the game.
Minecraft contains many creative things(or simple things)that take CPU Power,and if some morons
would make minecraft look like real life(no cubes)they would crash the game FOREVER.That means there is no more place for graphics in this creative game.The morons that I mean,they don't know what's that:Creativity,Sandbox,Free,Building,etc.
09/25/2012 8:53 pm
Level 11 : Journeyman Architect
SirChrisTheGreat1011 avatar
List of great games with "could be better" graphics: Runescape, World of Warcraft... i could go on and on and on but im not going to spam your comments. :)
09/26/2012 1:35 am
Level 15 : Journeyman Skinner
Kaduu avatar
I played World Of Warcraft,I don't know if it lacked graphics...It's a big game with many content,so some things are really low textured,but the game overall has good graphics...
09/25/2012 8:32 pm
Level 40 : Master Pixel Puncher
CopDoctorLawyer avatar
i would just like to point out your friend probably didnt say those "exact" words haha ;) and secondly, minecraft has actually some pretty good graphics, its just the matter of the game being 16x16, for examply 256x256 texture packs dont have bad graphics... just the blocks themselves arent "realistic" not so much graphical
09/26/2012 3:08 am
Level 43 : Master Zombie
Eratheon avatar
Hahaha. I didn't say Minecraft has bad graphics. In comparison to other games, Minecraft's graphics might appear less appealing to the eye. However, I personally think Minecraft's graphics are perfect for what they are needed for.

FYI: My friend DID say those exact words to me on Skype 10 minutes before I was inspired to write this.
09/25/2012 6:57 pm
Level 43 : Master Taco
Honeybunz162 avatar
I agree with this blog. Even though a game could have the cruddy graphics it still can be really fun if you just gave it a chance. If the game is not what you like to play then don't play it.
09/25/2012 9:13 pm
Level 10 : Journeyman Dolphin
spongeabc5 avatar
Take Ocarina Of Time. The graphics were all the rave back then, but now, it's "If it's not almost 3D, it's a bad game." As many know, Ocarina Of Time is/was a wonderful game, but the graphics aren't perfect, so Nintendo remade it on the 3DS. I mean, if those fags want good graphics, get them a 128x128 texture pack. If the graphics are so important to them, that just means that they should not be judging these games in the first place. I mean, I've seen PCs that can play TF2 flawlessly, but can't play Minecraft over "Small" distance.
09/25/2012 8:01 pm
Level 43 : Master Zombie
Eratheon avatar
Totally true, Honeybunz :)
09/25/2012 6:45 pm
Level 12 : Journeyman Network
DanTheYellowYoshi avatar
I play nintendo games, and people say that those games are stupid because the graphics aren't realistic. News flash: nintendo games are not supposed to be realistic. Whats so realistic about a plumber eating mushrooms, throwing fire, and killing turtles? I think nintendo graphics are amazing without having a realistic feel. Also, I tried telling people graphics don't matter, and they said "Graphics are everything! Who cares about storyline and gameplay?" rrrrrrgh................its so irratating.
09/25/2012 6:56 pm
Level 34 : Artisan Artist
ChrisSoWorthy avatar
kind of like zelda. people judge it because it looks cartoony, which is a dumb reason to judge it for. honestly, the art style of every zelda game changes and they all look fantastic and the storylines are action scense and puzzels are amazing!
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