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avatar Eratheon
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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
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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."

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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.

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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 ;)


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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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  • Kaduu
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Skinner
  • September 25, 2012, 9:33 pm
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.
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. :)
  • Kaduu
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Skinner
  • September 25, 2012, 9:35 pm
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...
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
  • Eratheon
  • Level 42
  • Master Zombie
  • September 25, 2012, 11:08 pm
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.
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.
  • spongeabc5
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Dolphin
  • September 25, 2012, 5:13 pm
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.
  • Eratheon
  • Level 42
  • Master Zombie
  • September 25, 2012, 4:01 pm
Totally true, Honeybunz :)
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.
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!
  • Eratheon
  • Level 42
  • Master Zombie
  • September 25, 2012, 2:51 pm
Just wait till they get bored/finish that $60 game they bought recently. That game will just be lying around somewhere, not being played. That's when you win cause you're still playing your game ;)
  • Snackerz
  • Level 29
  • Expert Explorer
  • September 25, 2012, 2:38 pm
I agree with this so much! I too hate when people say graphics are better :U They just dont know.
  • Eratheon
  • Level 42
  • Master Zombie
  • September 25, 2012, 2:40 pm
I'm glad you enjoyed the blog!
They do not know what they miss! :)
  • WaffleDude33
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Artist
  • September 25, 2012, 1:25 pm
NO, are you kidding me? The graphics make everything better about a game! *Is trolling* HA, don't make me make myself laugh *too late* *commence herpy derp laugh*. Nah, good blog bro. It's not that I like minecraft, it's addicting as well as I like it. I think people need to stop being like a Simon Cowell and try the game out for themselves XD Diamond 4 u
  • Eratheon
  • Level 42
  • Master Zombie
  • September 25, 2012, 2:20 pm
Hahahhahaaha !
Thanks buddy x3
  • ghostyboy5
  • Level 35
  • Artisan Nerd
  • September 25, 2012, 10:44 am
This post is a tribute to true gamers. I recently had an argument with someone I know about this exact thing. Graphics do not, EVER, determine the quality of a game, it is the storyline, the concept, the GAMEPLAY itself. I salute you sir.
  • Eratheon
  • Level 42
  • Master Zombie
  • September 25, 2012, 2:20 pm
Couldn't have said it better myself :)
I'm glad you enjoyed this!
  • Silknog78
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Artist
  • September 25, 2012, 11:24 am
Agreed.
  • cirquo_2
  • Level 4
  • Apprentice Pirate
  • September 25, 2012, 9:44 am
I totally agree with you, all my friends think that Minecraft sucks because it has so low graphics. They're just so stupid that it's supposed to be pixels.
  • Eratheon
  • Level 42
  • Master Zombie
  • September 25, 2012, 2:19 pm
I wouldn't say that they were "stupid". I would call them misunderstood, that's all. They should give the game a try and see if they like it. If they don't, then they do not have to play it.
  • cirquo_2
  • Level 4
  • Apprentice Pirate
  • September 25, 2012, 7:23 pm
Yeah that's what I was trying to say exactly. It's just annoying how people crush the game before they even try it.
  • biertje373
  • Level 20
  • Expert Dragon
  • September 25, 2012, 7:19 am
i see that you put a lot of time in this game, i was really happy to read it :)
  • Eratheon
  • Level 42
  • Master Zombie
  • September 25, 2012, 2:19 pm
^ I think you mean "I see that you put a lot of time in this blog"
But anyways, I'm glad you enjoyed it! :D
  • big-splat
  • Level 37
  • Artisan Creeper Hugger
  • September 25, 2012, 7:13 am
Thank you for making this, the call of duty e.c.t. players on YouTube are forever insulting people just for playing minecraft. Minecraft, in my view, is one of the best games around simply because you can do what ever you want in it and it can be changed to your heart's content. Very few games offer such versatility of play style, most game creators don't want you to do what you want with it, they just want you to do what they want. Minecraft is probably one of the most customizable games around.
  • Eratheon
  • Level 42
  • Master Zombie
  • September 25, 2012, 2:18 pm
Yep! That's why it has become so popular! Anyone can play it and the possibilities are endless! :D
  • linkin1503
  • Level 44
  • Master Network
  • September 25, 2012, 5:49 am
great blog!
by the way, what do you use to make your banners (titles)?
  • Eratheon
  • Level 42
  • Master Zombie
  • September 25, 2012, 2:17 pm
Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it!
Most people use Adobe Photoshop but I used Adobe Fireworks.
  • linkin1503
  • Level 44
  • Master Network
  • September 25, 2012, 3:32 pm
would you like to join the Writers Society?
http://www.planetminecraft.com/blog/the-writers-society/

I'm not sure if you got the P.M
Yeah I hear that said all the time about minecraft. But I can't imagine minecraft with smooth landscapes and buildings like Skyrim right? How would you mine a certain resource and place it down and how would it look when it was taken out of the place that you mined it from?
  • Eratheon
  • Level 42
  • Master Zombie
  • September 25, 2012, 2:16 pm
Very true. I think Minecraft graphics are perfect for what they're needed for :)
  • Kaduu
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Skinner
  • September 24, 2012, 9:42 pm
Most of my friends said:O.K.,so what should I do?It's boring,where is my objective?Oh well,that was because they didn't played sandbox games.I love sandbox games,but it's hard to find a first person sandbox game(I think minecraft is the only one)because most of them are strategy sandbox,and you can't get in a person and walk in your (town/house/cave?/etc.).I love minecraft.It can be played by everyone!My dad hated the game,but some weeks after he said:Can you give me the game?I want to build a villa.Wow,that was strange,but anyway,anyone can play!
  • Eratheon
  • Level 42
  • Master Zombie
  • September 25, 2012, 2:16 pm
I'm glad it all worked out for you :)
I love sandbox games too!
Yeah my Dad did the exact same thing except he built samurai castle
  • Greytopher
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 55
  • Grandmaster Pig
  • September 24, 2012, 6:23 pm
Although, as your first point states:

" [size=small][color=rgb(0,153,0)][bgcolor=rgb(204,204,204)]Do not judge the submission by it's cover photo. Take a [/bgcolor][/color][/size][size=small][color=rgb(0,153,0)][bgcolor=rgb(204,204,204)]minute [/bgcolor][/color][/size][size=small][color=rgb(0,153,0)][bgcolor=rgb(204,204,204)]or two to view the submission. Once that is done, then by all means, judge [/bgcolor][/color][/size][size=small][color=rgb(0,153,0)][bgcolor=rgb(204,204,204)]according to the conten"[/bgcolor][/color][/size]

It's hard to do that sort of thing, since the front cover is the main thing people look at. It's an advertising tecnique, it's a lot more appealing to the user to look at something very well photoshopped or screenshotted, rather then someone taking a picture of a cobblestone block.

But, I do agree with this blog, people should take the time to look at projects. Diamond for you.
  • Eratheon
  • Level 42
  • Master Zombie
  • September 24, 2012, 9:14 pm
Thanks :)
I do agree as well, it is difficult to prevent oneself from judging by cover photos. I do it quite often, actually. I guess it's something natural that we do as people.
To be honest, I actually had a whole section written out for "appealing cover photos" and things relating to that. However, I thought that it would make my blog too long so I cut it out.
Generally, the people who put effort into their cover photo genuinely worked hard on their project, blog, mod or any other submissions.
  • Camo7
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 69
  • High Grandmaster Demolitionist
  • September 24, 2012, 7:55 pm
maybe the front cover of all minecraft things should just be pictures of the superbuilds people make using HD texture packs then...
  • Greytopher
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 55
  • Grandmaster Pig
  • September 24, 2012, 7:57 pm
If they built it that way, sure. It's all about marketing in the right places, if you don't market well, you don't get as many hits as you would posting something that looks bad.
A reason I like minecraft is it doesn't have a bunch of graphic
  • Eratheon
  • Level 42
  • Master Zombie
  • September 24, 2012, 5:45 pm
That's part of why I like it too :)
  • Th4t_K1D
  • Level 28
  • Expert Architect
  • September 24, 2012, 4:28 pm
I agree, these days... it's about the graphics... but if you actually look around/into other games (Ex. Minecraft) you might find that it is quite fun... Great post... diamond for you!
(I read Treasure Island for a project, though it would be boring... but I actually compared it to my favorite "action-packed" TV shows and was able to enjoy it!)
  • Eratheon
  • Level 42
  • Master Zombie
  • September 24, 2012, 5:46 pm
Yep, it can be just as good depending on how you see it :)
actually, minecraft has awesome graphics when you look at blocks closely
i think minecraft is a game that if it had say MW3 graphics it might ruin it (probably will)
i never judge a game.
  • eij1298
  • Level 35
  • Artisan Dragonborn
  • September 24, 2012, 2:11 pm
Why are you putting this on planetminecraft, everybody already plays minecraft...you should put this somewhere else, where more people will see this
  • Camo7
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 69
  • High Grandmaster Demolitionist
  • September 24, 2012, 7:56 pm
with more than half a million members, its not like people won't see it on this site. I doubt he could get more attention elsewhere.
  • eij1298
  • Level 35
  • Artisan Dragonborn
  • September 25, 2012, 2:56 pm
I meant, put this on other sites to persuade more people to play minecraft...
  • Zemor
  • Level 29
  • Expert Explorer
  • September 24, 2012, 5:20 pm
Since this site is about minecraft, it is actually one of the best places to post it...
  • Eratheon
  • Level 42
  • Master Zombie
  • September 24, 2012, 4:13 pm
I posted this here to share my thoughts about how graphics do not make the game. It is through the content and how people enjoy it.
  • Enigmatix
  • Level 22
  • Expert Pokemon
  • September 24, 2012, 2:05 pm
im still trynna get my friend past the graphics part XD
  • Eratheon
  • Level 42
  • Master Zombie
  • September 24, 2012, 4:13 pm
Alright, good luck :)
  • Tassadar12345
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Nether Knight
  • September 24, 2012, 1:10 pm
Who says minecraft graphics are bad? Just becuz it has cubes and has 8-bit texturers does not mean its bad graphics. Get a fucking shader mod and HD Texture pack!
  • Eratheon
  • Level 42
  • Master Zombie
  • September 24, 2012, 4:15 pm
I didn't say Minecraft graphics were "bad" per se; Minecraft's graphics are fine for what they are used for. It's just how some people don't play Minecraft due to their thoughts about "bad graphics." I merely posted this here to share my thoughts with everyone. :)
  • Tassadar12345
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Nether Knight
  • September 24, 2012, 5:33 pm
I know, i know.

My message was purely for the people who gripe about graphics.

But if they didnt like minecraft why would they be on PMC?

*Facepalm*

I subscribe to you purely out of the love i have for your kindness. Others would cuss me out but i see you are of the mature group on PMC, other than those kids who try to act cool by cussing their heads off at people. When in reality it makes them seem more childish.

I used o be the same way, then reality set in and i realized how much of a punk i was and changed the way i act online.
  • Eratheon
  • Level 42
  • Master Zombie
  • September 24, 2012, 5:45 pm
Thanks for your kind words ;)
  • Tassadar12345
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Nether Knight
  • September 24, 2012, 5:49 pm
The way i see it, he Nicer you are, the more subs you get. Im trying to get as many subs as possible! so the best thing to do would not be a complete dushbag(I spelled that wrong).
  • Eratheon
  • Level 42
  • Master Zombie
  • September 24, 2012, 9:11 pm
Well, people like to be around nice people. Hahaha :)
  • Tassadar12345
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Nether Knight
  • September 25, 2012, 5:06 am
lol
I agree, my friend was like "Minecraft fkin sucks, the graphics are bad"
Then he started playing. He found it was a good game and he is still playing
  • Eratheon
  • Level 42
  • Master Zombie
  • September 24, 2012, 4:15 pm
Awesome :D
  • Salmonhero
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Spleefer
  • September 24, 2012, 12:28 pm
This is a Nice True Thing you posted! I played Minecraft because the graphics actually seemed like a good thing to me and i love building games and sandbox games!
  • Eratheon
  • Level 42
  • Master Zombie
  • September 24, 2012, 4:15 pm
Thank you! I love building/sandbox games too!
  • R_B98
  • Level 4
  • Apprentice Crafter
  • September 24, 2012, 12:26 pm
I agree all the way
  • Kakerot57
  • Level 22
  • Expert Dragonborn
  • September 24, 2012, 12:07 pm
50th diamond. Nice blog. It's true a lot of people judge games by graphics which is kind of dumb.
  • Eratheon
  • Level 42
  • Master Zombie
  • September 24, 2012, 12:12 pm
Thanks for the nice words :)
I"m glad you enjoyed the blog!
  • Starman
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Skinner
  • September 24, 2012, 11:50 am
One teeny tiny thing you forgot!!! Don't like the looks of it, get a texture pack! it's not like everyone has to have vanilla.
  • Eratheon
  • Level 42
  • Master Zombie
  • September 24, 2012, 11:52 am
You're right. When I typed this blog, I was inspired by my friend (true story above) who said it sucked cause of graphics. He was comparing it to other games such as Battlefield 3 and other games with realistic graphics. I didn't mention texture packs because even though they may be awesome, they aren't quite the realistic graphics in games like BF3 or CoD.
You can always get an HD Texture pack...

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