In a recent podcast, Bethesda Softworks VP Peter Hines discussed his views on graphics in games. Bethesda’s VP states that he feels that graphics are of the utmost importance in video games. Here is his quote:
There’s a lot of people who say graphics don’t matter. To them I usually say ‘you’re lying’. People will look at a screenshot and make a snap decision: ‘that looks awesome’, or ‘I’m not interested’. So if you can make something look amazing just at first glance, it’s so much easier to get them.
I know personally I would take a game with fantastic gameplay over one with pretty visuals, but I guess that is just me lying again. I can remember thinking while playing the original Metroid that the game didn’t look as good visually as Super Mario 3, but that didn’t stop me from mapping out the entire game on graph paper because I loved it so much.
What do you think Infendo? Graphics or gameplay?