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#ActualSherrelE

Posted 16 October 2012 - 08:54 PM

So I've been pondering this for a while after watching a game review series called The Best Gamers. (www.youtube.com/user/thebestgamersusa)
They're essentially a troll show, meant to get people riled up, nothing to take seriously. However, one of the hosts made a point that is bugging me a bit,
The indie game genre (for lack of a better term) is becoming more and more out in the open with programs like Steam and Xbox Live giving people a chance to be heard under the mass of AAA developers, and that's fantastic! I love seeing all these innovative games coming up. However in terms of art design, I've noticed a trend. It seems that a large portion of indie developers are using a "retro" art style. Games like Minecraft and FEZ are good examples. This isn't directly bothersome of course, but I'm starting to get the idea that in leu of doing creative artwork for a game, developers are using retro styled graphics simply for the reason that it's easier to make. I'm not by any means saying that a game HAS to look amazing for it to be good, or ALL games have to have different or creative art styles, but I am saying that maybe the retro style is becoming less and less of a style and becoming more and more of a copout. Just a sentiment, what do you think, GD?

#2SherrelE

Posted 16 October 2012 - 08:52 PM

So I've been pondering this for a while after watching a game review series called The Best Gamers. (www.youtube.com/user/thebestgamersusa)
They're essentially a troll show, meant to get people riled up, nothing to take seriously. However, one of the hosts made a point that is bugging me a bit,
The indie game genre (for lack of a better term) is becoming more and more out in the open with programs like Steam and Xbox Live giving people a chance to be heard under the mass of AAA developers, and that's fantastic! I love seeing all these innovative games coming up. However in terms of art design, I've noticed a trend. It seems that a large portion of indie developers are using a "retro" art style. This isn't directly bothersome of course, but I'm starting to get the idea that in leu of doing creative artwork for a game, developers are using retro styled graphics simply for the reason that it's easier to make. I'm not by any means saying that a game HAS to look amazing for it to be good, or ALL games have to have different or creative art styles, but I am saying that maybe the retro style is becoming less and less of a style and becoming more and more of a copout. Just a sentiment, what do you think, GD?

#1SherrelE

Posted 16 October 2012 - 08:51 PM

So I've been pondering this for a while after watching a game review series called The Best Gamers. (www.youtube.com/user/thebestgamersusa)
They're essentially a troll show, meant to get people riled up, nothing to take seriously. However, one of the hosts made a point that is bugging me a bit,
The indie game genre (for lack of a better term) is becoming more and more out in the open with programs like Steam and Xbox Live giving people a chance to be heard under the mass of AAA developers, and that's fantastic! I love seeing all these innovative games coming up. However in terms of art design, I've noticed a trend. It seems that a large portion of indie developers are using a "retro" art style. This isn't directly bothersome of course, but I'm starting to get the idea that in leu of doing creative artwork for a game, developers are using retro styled graphics simply for the reason that it's easier to make. I'm not by any means saying that a game HAS to look amazing for it to be good, or ALL games have to have different or creative art styles, but I am saying that maybe the retro style is becoming less and less of a style and becoming more and more of a copout. Just a sentiment, what do you think, GD?

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