So I was watching the videos for the Crysis 3 engine at Gamescom, seeing them all sync up on the PS3/360/PC and how amazing they all looked, then while watching this one:
It occurred to me:
I'm 29 and I've been playing video games for well over 20 years now. Ever since my stepdad brought home a Commodore 64 for some unknown reason (dude knows zero about technology, I doubt he even knew what it was) I've been playing. I've owned virtually every "major" system since then and have played a lot
Well, growing up with videogames since virtually the beginning of video games I've had a somewhat neat experience of being able to watch the total evolution of graphics from pong to what we have today.
Honestly, when I was 7, there's no possible way I could have known that graphics would go from this:
Let alone in my lifetime, but ever; the fact that it has happened so fast is mind boggling to me. If you had shown me that when I was 7 and said "One day you will play a game that looks like this" it would have been the most ridiculous thing ever. Hell, I remember when I first played Myst, it blew my mind how good it looked. I didn't think it was possible. I was fully aware that it was mainly still images but it was still rendered on a computer.
I know people like to argue whether or not you need good graphics to make a game better or not, but that's not what the point of this is. Whether or not you need
good graphics, the fact is that relative to everything that has come before, even games that look mediocre by today's standards are still amazing technological marvels in the big picture of video games. And there's no questioning that skilled use of graphics and atmosphere can have a mindboggling effect on how a game feels.
So I think it's pretty sweet where we are. Honestly I have no idea where we could even go from this point. But, I remember thinking that exact
same thing when I played Mario 64; and look how far we've come since then.
So where are we going with graphics? What is the next step, because it's gonna get pretty damn hard to get more
realistic. What are some of your all-time greatest memories of games and their graphics growing up?
Just as some ground rules: Don't turn this into a console vs console vs pc thread; and don't shit on peoples memories if they remember something looking amazing and you thought it was shit. Feel free to discuss
the necessity and importance of graphics, but don't be douchebags about it.
P.S. Yes, that is tooth invaders and yes, I played the living crap out of it as a kid.