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Should Video Games Even Aim For Photorealistic Graphics?

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Video game graphics are always pushing boundaries in games...but what about style? Is style being sacrificed for photo-realism? Does it matter? Let's talk. Subscribe for more: http://youtube.com/gameranxtv
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FreeLeGiOn (2 hours ago)
Well considering we haven’t managed to get any good vr upgrades for consumers since vr controllers our graphics are good enough for now
Rui Costa (1 day ago)
The beauty on a game is always important.. But let the character alone for 5m he start to sleep.. I like those kind of beauty.
Alexander Curtis (9 days ago)
I really don't know any gamer wouldn't want to see photorealistic graphics
Layarion (10 days ago)
i find the over simplistic blocky nature of minecraft to be...boring. it's not the art that bother me though, it's how limited the game actually is for a "builder"
naz (10 days ago)
I prefer 2D game world rather than new photorealistic 3D game. I dont like photorealistic because it requires too expensive graphics card. Should ps4 or xbox one game to have 2D games instead of photorealistic 3D game?
Rab carn (11 days ago)
I just want photo realistic ist person vr games.
Luke Gomillion (12 days ago)
As an avid Forza Horizon player, I gotta have that photorealism. Now that I realize it, nearly every game that I currently own has more photorealism than stylized graphics in it. I'm fine with either as long as the game is good, but if I'm gonna play a racing game, I'm looking for photorealism
NoCultist (21 days ago)
I love early 2000's 3d. LOD handled by my own imagination.
Anthony Pawlowski (27 days ago)
Just search Nexus's most downloaded mods for Skyrim and that ought to give one a great baseline as to what kind of game to make that the majority craves.
HanFei Zhang (28 days ago)
Western game industry is entirely ruined because all they care about is graphic and monetization, only Japanese people still make good games like they've always been doing.
HanFei Zhang (28 days ago)
They shouldn't! Japanese games don't do that! Visual should only be about art directions and scale! Literally nobody cares about photorealism except for those people who play games on their computers. Real games like those Japanese games never over invest on photorealism but they still got the best visuals because they know art direction is the most important thing, so much better than those western competitive computer PC shooters!
Monolith Fan (1 month ago)
3:10 Well actually the enviroment from Death Stranding is my country Iceland. And most of the places from the videos do exist here in Iceland. Kojima visited Iceland for a while to document the landscape and use it for Death Stranding.
Harpie Girl (1 month ago)
Not because of effort or quality. It's for games that lack much to do or are based on reality. You can play sports or shooting game without graphics but how many people would be interested? While fantasy worlds usually don't need to be realistic because it beats the point of those games!
Washington Strong arm (1 month ago)
Photo realism is the future of gaming period.
Eric P. Alvaro (1 month ago)
I think it's not a matter if we should aim for or not (we definitely should have this option! Options are always great!). But I think the question is actually: Is photorealistic ALWAYS better? And in my opinion the answer is NO. It all boils down to what kind of aesthetic better fits that particular piece of art. And photorealism it's not always the best option to go with. It would be like saying that "Rick and Morty" would be better if it was a live action made with real humans and so on instead of a cartoon.
rodo (1 month ago)
Well, stylized games are more obvious and simplified depiction of realism, while photorealism combined with great game mechanism and story aims for the immersion. if we simply talk about which form of depiction looks more beautiful, in my opinion, "The Legend of Zelda" looks great, but it is no match for "The Last of Us 2".
Piterixos (1 month ago)
The games should aim for good graphics that fit their gameplay, if it means photorealisim then they should aim for it.
Daniel Engelstad (1 month ago)
Photo-realistic or not, i don't care. As long as the game i play has stealth-mechanics, I'm happy.
MichaelOhkay (1 month ago)
I definitely really enjoy photorealism and whenever a game is specifically going for photorealism, i'll definitely judge it on how photorealistic it is AGAINST other games that also are going for photorealism. However, i'll never really pit a game that's photorealistic against a stylized game. I feel as though no one should really try and compare the two but instead should learn to appreciate both for what they are and learn to determine what makes a good photorealistic game and what makes a good stylized game.
Antonio Fran (1 month ago)
I prefer stylized in terms of colorful graphics that decently depicts the real world, so 'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild' kind of graphics.
Erik Van Der Waal (2 months ago)
How about a focus on a more stable game with awesome content instead of chasing the perfect polygon.
Radioactive Blueberry (2 months ago)
If a game tries to be photorealistic but has plenty of annoying little details here and there, the game has failed its purpose to be enjoyable. Photorealism is also very tied to hardware capabilities; style art is much more forgivable and does not outdate too quickly. But if done right, it's an awesome experience.
Justin Felder (2 months ago)
Photorealistic depending on the game most of the time
S124434 (2 months ago)
Photo realistic games may age worse than well styled ones, as in the future new technology may make current photo realistic games look less impressive.
Quodaax (2 months ago)
Tell me again what university you have your PhD in art history from? Oh, you don't know the fucking first thing about art history? Gee, that doesn't show in your narrative at all. :p
aaron ray (2 months ago)
I think the biggest thing to factor in is whether the game needs to feel gritty or charming. It is rare for a game in the last 2 generations to be both gritty and have stylized art (Madworld is one of those few exceptions, but even that is a stretch). It is just difficult to do. If you want your audience to hurt, to get that tear in their eye... to feel... you need to make it real. It needs to connect you to the experience.... Compare Zelda to Hellblade... Or Borderlands to Mass Effect. Stylized graphics make funny funnier, but it makes pain less painful. Making it look real makes the pain feel real.
Hi Everyone. (2 months ago)
Photo realistic games all the way. Bring it on and let's improve it. If you want to play cartoon video games, such games are still created.
deividas telsinskas (2 months ago)
there are titles that should push for photo-realism and then there are titles that should not aim for it....
DonGaming (2 months ago)
It can be pretty as a model but if it's physics aren't then it's not worth it
Madara Uchiwa (2 months ago)
That sucketh
Fe Simco (2 months ago)
Graphics were perfected in the late 2000's time to st pushing polygons and concentrate on gameplay.
Lee Fletcher (3 months ago)
I would just like the games storyline its not about the graphics imean i would still play the ps2 for the storyline games like tbe suffering and gta even games like okami is still the best looking game even on the ps2
Adi Vg (3 months ago)
I like when falcon says massive understatement...
Rafey Mohd (3 months ago)
Game should be good and must be enjoyable... This war of mine- great Age of empire2 - great Limbo- great Inside- great... What i personally started to think is... Indie developers are bringing a better game in the gaming community... Picasa didn't produce all the famous art in the world... So why we people think ubisoft, rockstar, ea, square enix, blizzard, Microsoft should make a game that must be a blockbuster... "Brother a tale of two sons" was indie game.. " a way out" is a kind of sequal to it... Play bastion, transistor, frostpunk, mini metro, ravel.... There is a whole lot of creativity prisoned by the big names... Game should be a experience that must be made to remember... Why we remembered pacman and tetris and not games like age of empires 3, assassin's creed 3 or ghost recon games... Because these are forced ones... Assassin's creed 2 was a great game... And rest series a forced to depict the same art until they took haitus and decided to make origins... You cant force someone to make another mona lisa... And thats why cod battlefield are shit... They are still in market even though the they are literally garbage.. Why people play rainbow six siege, csgo... Because they are great... We dont need rainbow six siege 2... We dont need left4dead 3or half life 3... Some games are meant to be the example... What if prince of persia stopped releasing its iteration after two thrones... They were great... But then we got 2 more... And they were trash... Stop dragging things... We dont want better stuff of same thing.. We want better stuff of new ideas... Stop making cod, assassin's creed, battlefield, they are not good anymore...
Spocko memes (3 months ago)
This is the meaning of life as an artist 😂
Angel S. (3 months ago)
I feel like it depends on the game. Like a certain game should have it's own style based on characters or plot. But if the creator just wants to shoot for realism it is super cool and impressive to do. I like both stylized, and realistic. Thank you. And that is my opinion 👌 Edit: I would love to see more games have it's own super unique style like okami did have. A more painty style, or idk. Just different. Something we haven't really seen before. I want to be a video game creator so hey, maybe if that works out I could have an opportunity to bring some more diverse styles and look for suggestions in the future :)
Sagnik Maulik (3 months ago)
Good graphics are good but if the game is crap then visuals mean nothing. It is kind of like a pretty person with bad personality. And also absolutely 'realistic' graphics take crap ton of hardware while not adding much from the graphics if you have a decent enough rig. Kind of like a concept of marginal utility. As you take more and more of the same thing the added value from it keep being less.
Ashley J. Worth (3 months ago)
Variety and Option is never a bad thing.
ELITE X Gamer (3 months ago)
Tbh real life doesn’t even look that great most of the time.
Galimeer5 (3 months ago)
I've always said that stylized graphics are better than realistic graphics. Classic Runescape is an example of that. Yeah, its old art style is a product of the dated technology it used, but it ended up giving the game some charm and character.
Nighty Core (3 months ago)
I would rather get witcher 3 style of graphics or skyrim kind of graphics with realistic animation (like realistic interaction animation, not two structures imitating touching)
Bloody (3 months ago)
No seriously. Photorealism should only be a thing in games that try to portray reality as it is. Or simulate something that happens in real life. You want to make a game about WW2? Go for it. You want to make a satire or a game that depicts a idealized version of WW2 that has nothing in common with reality? If you go with Photorealism you'd then invite people who can't take a joke, or who will misjudge the product. This and stylized art would be better for the idea anyway. There can also be a mix of both, an art style that has some phyotorealism in the scenery but has humanoid models that has nothing to do with real humans while retaining some realism to it, you can go for it too. I mean, Avatar was a thing, Final Fantasy Advent Children was also a thing. However with people focusing only on photorealism these days, games are starting to get boring. I loved the Tomb Raider Reboot, but the second game got boring fast, especially with Lara putting ninjas to shame and using a rope tied to a makeshift arrows to transverse the map. I mean how much does Lara weight, one gram? Not all games need to look like movies, and anime looks are a thing with better graphics we can have better anime games, or games that look like they came from the pages of a book, or even a painting. Criativity should be fostered not shunned.
No One (3 months ago)
Yes they should
the duderino (3 months ago)
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Christian Larsen (3 months ago)
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LanEye (3 months ago)
Gameranx I love your videos and what you're doing. The topics, the editing, the music. And this is where I'm going with this: I never know what music plays along with the video. I'm begging you: Please can you put at least the name of the song you're using in the discribtion? That'd be lovely. Have nice week! And btw if anyone knows the music of this video leave a comment :)
Remco Hamersma (3 months ago)
van go? xd its van goch
Rackummator (3 months ago)
What is the game at 0:21?
Alexander Fordham (3 months ago)
I prefer photo realism
Zander Boettcher (3 months ago)
Honestly I think both have their place like you said. I however do prefer more realistic games, even though I think seeing a realistic breath of the wild would be insane and really cool...I guess it would just basically be the witcher then though just with a glider
Free Gaming (3 months ago)
i need better anti aliasing, that is all i care about
Free Gaming (3 months ago)
and shadows
Steven Kang (3 months ago)
Most people cant afford to run photorealistic graphics so developers make it run on consoles
Romeo Reyes (3 months ago)
A good story is worth a lot more then good graphics
Steven Kang (3 months ago)
photorealism takes more effort
Diego Digetc (3 months ago)
Visualy speaking, my ideal game is Undertale
Stefan ArtzZ (3 months ago)
Just inprove hair on characters
Esteban Laguna (3 months ago)
Definitely both. Just as long as it's not like Bungie where they spend more time on backgrounds and visuals than the actual game itself xD
Neamhdhlisteanach (3 months ago)
Tbh I dont want photorealistic - I want my games to look like A GAME. I dont want a game to be close to real life, i want it to be different, fun, exciting, i dont need realistic graphics.
DragonDuelist (3 months ago)
I shouldn't be watching this because i like to play anime fighting games or street fighter which isn't real at all lel
Sir Phantasmic (3 months ago)
I don't think it needs to be photorealistic, but instead realistic lighting and shading and physics.
wow (3 months ago)
Photorealism for the win!
Danny F. S. (3 months ago)
YES, YES WE SHOULD AIM FOR PHOTOREALISM!!! Now, this is only a part of the game, and the story and physics also have to be on point, but the realism makes the game THAT MUCH more ENJOYABLE and SATISFYING!
Captain Arctis (3 months ago)
I prefer both. With physics realistic
Andrei Andrei (3 months ago)
I agree with you.i think both should exist for everybody's taste.it depends on the game if like you will play it.i tend to like photorealism cause you can see the advancement of the technology.i consider most cartoonish games for teens..but I was amazed by the artistic style of cuphead
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Mohammad Shebli (3 months ago)
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Weinstein Cosby (3 months ago)
NO! Video games should fix human imperfections. If I want to see a movie, I know where to go!
Dan Lapain (3 months ago)
I'm a bit for both. Though you should consider this, photo realism paves the way to new types of stylistic art to pop up and also allows it to run smoother because of the advances of photorealism. So technically they need each other
Sheppard Of Fire (3 months ago)
I always thought that maybe devs could add multiple graphics options. Of course, you can just turn down the quality settings if you still want it to look like a game, but there are still sacrifices. If they added one option for realistic graphics and one for unrealistic, I think that would be awesome because if you chose the "unrealistic" option, you could still keep the really high detail of everything, but it would still look like a video game
Jonatan 0_0 (3 months ago)
This is the most pointless video ive ever seen
ANTOMACI (3 months ago)
When I saw TLOU 2 compared to ROTTR I got triggered cause I love rise, and can’t wait for TLOU 2
MusicForHours (3 months ago)
I want my games to look as realistic as possible, because i love immersive games. Thinking i am in the real world but seeing fictional things like other planets and such always gives me a great feeling. Games like Skyrim, Crysis and The Witcher 3 are good examples!
DomiFury (3 months ago)
I like fluid photorealistic graphics, if you have expression where the eyes don't change or don't have weight it looks VERY strange.
sparkle bacon (3 months ago)
I really like styalized
Revolution Uprise (3 months ago)
That SUCKETH..... Lmao
stella (3 months ago)
Yes. That’s my answer
ekimolaos (3 months ago)
the thing is, paintings and music and w/e other form of art are not interactive experiences. You observe/hear/whatever and then you conclude or it drives you to talk about it or w/e. But that's it. In games, on the other hand, you interact in real time with the "art". You get immersed and you feel like you are experiencing new things. It's not a picture or a video or music or w/e. It's something you interact with in real time. Yes it's a kind of art. No, photorealistic graphics and accurate physics won't make it boring as it happened with drawing and painting. The more photorealistic some games get, the better the interraction with them is. On the other hand, there are other types of graphics that work too, not ALL games are going to be photorealistic. We NEED cartoonish graphics and cell shaded and every other form of graphics. All these will coexist. Some go for realism, others not. That's because we have different kind of games.
Fraus Creations (3 months ago)
I really like photorealism in alot of games and think it important to just making the game playable in general. take detroit for example, i personally just wouldnt be able to play a game like that and be able to feel the emotions that the game trys to portray
devonferris (3 months ago)
I love photorealistic games more, but I do enjoy stylized once in a while.
Edward ¡999 (3 months ago)
i used to play unrealistic graphics games , last one was Enslaved . I started playing it last year and really enjoyed it , then i left it for long time , got back 3 weeks to it , and found it .. not that good . But i decided to finish it , and i did. Now all what i want is a realistic game (GTA, PES , Battlefield..) . can't stand cartonic games like metal gear rising . people change
Ponlets (3 months ago)
i dont care of the style but if its a 3d game i expect everything to have some level of interactivity and if possible physics (water physics or soft body or rigid body )
Dom Ex (3 months ago)
Maybe its late at night but those silhouette guys facing at each other looks like two men in a masturbating contest , not the best use but bloody funny (8:11)
Eu Tu (3 months ago)
I prefer a good story rather than realistic graphics but if i can have both it s nice
Yes they should i don't care for what you'll say.
Beatorizu :D (3 months ago)
I just think it depends on the type of game that is being created. They are both great in their own ways, because they serve different purposes. And in my opinion, graphics are very important. It might just be because I’m an artist and I pay a lot of attention to the visual side of things. Of course, if a game is very good but has mediocre graphics, I’ll enjoy the game. I could even enjoy it a lot. But when graphics are bad or mediocre, it definitely makes my experience much more unpleasant.
katakisLives (3 months ago)
I've played both kinds of games, it all depends on what the game is, if I'm walking through New York City with a character and story rooted in the real world or something more plausible I'd rather it was as realistic as is possible with the current hardware! I've been waiting for photo realistic graphics all my life and I'm eager to see them
Jonathan (3 months ago)
Depends on the game. I dont want a stylized MGS or Battlefield. But also i dont want a photo-realistic Zelda or Borderlands
mike post (3 months ago)
I love forza horizon but i got a great time whit mario kart to so i just want enjoy the game
Vladimir Putin (3 months ago)
I think a game don't need need extreme graphics to be good. For example: Super Mario series. All games' essence to bring something new, something "unrealistic". If somebody wanna' play a realistic game, go outdoors and explore the nature. If the game developers will keep making realistic games, all the kids will end up playing video games all day, because they will think that they already explored it. *Thats my personal opinion.* *N0 MOR3 R34L1S71C G4M3S!*
Toxic_waste_universe (3 months ago)
I dont like video games that look to realistic
marcus niemen (3 months ago)
videogames shouldnt strive for realistic graphics because the gtx 1080ti will become the low end of gpus and that shits 700$
marcus niemen (3 months ago)
it doesn't take the mainstream opinion to see that some art is shit
Wiimilozy V. (3 months ago)
A good example for this comparasion is The Last of Us and The Walking Dead Telltale series. They have very similar subjects and story and one of the main purposes of both games is make you *feel* melancholic and sometimes sad. They both fulfill their purposes and one is going for photorealism and the other for cartoony/stylized graphics. It is really interesting :) Thanks for the video.
Dominant Wolf (3 months ago)
First thing in any game is story and/or mechanics (depending on style of game) then comes the graphics. That being said the graphics style should fit what the game is trying to be (it's a piece of the artwork, perhaps the most important at face value) take the Nathan Drake, Laura Croft, Battlefield, GTA, etc etc franchises. These games prizes themselves on creating a realistic and immersive world that you take seriously and could pass off as real like looking though a window. These games would not be as great if they were not so heavily polished on the graphics side or stylized differently (frankly it would distract the gamer and remove them from the realistic world and deep themes). On the other hand think of Breath of the Wild, or Borderlands for example. These also have incredible stories, but the styles chosen are not realistic to give almost a fantasy world and comic book look. These games would in my opinion be less immersive if they weren't in the hyper stylized fashion. Each game is unique and should be treated on an individual basis to create the the best way to immerse the player and tell the story Anyway that's my take
Dominant Wolf (3 months ago)
I should add that Fallout 4 and Elder Scrolls are not stylized, but the graphics are subpar to the other games that came out around the same time...and that detracts from the game a little as you notice things that shouldn't be in a game that's trying to depict a plausible future in a different timeline (this can be fixed through mods which many use heavily and the game looks stunningly realistic) And yes I'm aware some games are huge and sacrifices must be made in the graphics to fit the sheer size of the world into the game which is a good move for Bethesda because those games are awesome (as I said initially, content is the last thing to sacrifice)
Martin Procházka (3 months ago)
Photorealism? Why not. But you have to realize that people won't buy a game which they need supercomputer for to run it.
Gleaming Supreme (3 months ago)
you can also have photorealism by going outside
LAZER POTATO (3 months ago)
I like both but I style I really like is low poly. Like that robot game grow up
Josh DeRoche (3 months ago)
Better graphics is never bad as long as the content is good
vilcantroper (3 months ago)
No they should not go for photo realism. It just takes away from the game experience. Just a pretty picture with no substance. All the memory is used up on rendering graphics and the game has no objects!
iammoon (3 months ago)
To me, it all comes down to how good the game is. Yes, games with good graphics like the last of us are freakin beautiful, but I loved it for it's overall story. In the beginning, the graphics were something that drew me in, but it was the story that drew me closer. So at the end of the day, it's all about the story and if the game is actually good or not.

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