Bethesda’s Todd Howard, director of Skyrim, spoke to PC Gamer recently about the importance of video game graphics compared to gameplay. He said that he thinks “people discount graphics”.
“They’ll say, ‘Well, the gameplay’s what really matters,’ and it does. But I do feel that graphics and your ability to present something that feels new, real, and believable puts people in that environment where they can really enjoy what they’re playing.”
So what’s your take on this, GAMEBREAKER audience?
My opinion is that, pretty much, gameplay trumps graphics every time. Gameplay is far more important than any beautiful surroundings, as gameplay is what affords games longevity. Video game graphics are something that only ever gets worse with time, look at World of Warcraft, for example, positively antiquated, but people keep coming back to it after 8 years. League of Legends is another game that definitely does not feature stunning graphics, but does feature great gameplay, and is incredibly, sensationally popular.
I’ve played several games, outside of World of Warcraft and League of Legends, that could be considered to have poor graphics, or deliberately retro graphics, and very rarely have they got in the way of my enjoyment. The only things I find tiresome are buggy graphics, ones where the client doesn’t display things quite as they really are, or graphics that have tried to be hyper-realist, but failed.
But what’s your opinion? Can video game graphics ever be as important as gameplay?