HD textures. How very inspired. You know, if all you care about is graphics, get the fuck out of gaming. Seriously. Go into the visual arts instead. Because, you know, there's more to games than just the graphics. Oh right. You don't know. Because you're GAMERS.
I have been reading that since the nineties. It always was fairly ridiculous but I increasingly agree for a couple reasons :
- What's the gameplay difference between a game from 2000 and one from 2015? Very little. You run around gunning down people, talking to people, picking up stuff etc. Tech got you bigger terrain etc. but I will say that peaked in year 2004 (arbitrarily)
- No need to upgrade a PC. Back in the days when you upgraded for gaming you gained new non-gaming features, such as the ability to watch movies. Or enough RAM for high duty multitasking (on single core, single thread)
Nowadays most PC can do video conference, video editing (even if only in SD), 3D modeling, high res picture editing etc. but aren't powerful enough to run games.
- Where are the low budget published games? By low budget I actually mean something closer to one or a few million dollars than 100 million, and by published I mean sold in stores in a small cardboard box. I get that there are myriads of indie games but you have to buy and download them on the internet, and I'd be ok with that if they followed the old shareware model (so you can try them!). Well, even shareware often had a publisher like Apogee.
Who wants to buy a book that didn't go through a publisher? All books have a publisher (or editor), almost.
I grew up with 320x200 games and 640x480 games that had high production value, despite the low tech (2D, 3D, palettized colors, uncompressed 11KHz sound data..)
You have indie games that don't even try to look serious, they look like a 1980s game with cheesy HD graphics, you pay three dollars/euros to buy one on Steam, run it once then never again ; the money is entirely wasted, you can't even give the game away. It has negative value as it's wasting space in Steam's list (and HDD space if you don't delete it).
Or you can get the latest Call of Dooty shitfest and so on. But I don't want to spend $700 on upgrading the PC for that, don't want to play a $100 million rail shooter (made for a console controller and 60 field of view) and I don't even want to play the latest autistic Action RPG either. Oh, there's the many sandbox games too : drive in a city, get bored, shoot bystanders, kill the cops, get killed by the cops. Respawn and repeat.