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Even though you brought up an interesting question, I think you may have missed out on what it means to be capable of creating realistic graphics:

YOU CAN MAKE THE UNREALISTIC REALISTIC.

What I mean is, that if you are able to create games that look realistic, then that means you can make REALISTIC "imaginary" worlds. By making things more realistic you make it more believable, but that doesn''t mean you make it "Earthly", if you know what i mean. Suppose now that you''re playing a single player First Person Shooter set in an Alien world. How cool would be it be to make the world so.. believable ? By putting little details, using higher resolutions and curved surfaces, etc, you''re making that alien world REALISTIC.

I hope that I can contribute this idea to the discussion, I think it''s important to make that distinction: that realistic doesn''t mean "ordinary"

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Riz

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Guest Anonymous Poster
Even though you brought up an interesting question, I think you may have missed out on what it means to be capable of creating realistic graphics:

YOU CAN MAKE THE UNREALISTIC REALISTIC.

What I mean is, that if you are able to create games that look realistic, then that means you can make REALISTIC "imaginary" worlds. By making things more realistic you make it more believable, but that doesn''t mean you make it "Earthly", if you know what i mean. Suppose now that you''re playing a single player First Person Shooter set in an Alien world. How cool would be it be to make the world so.. believable ? By putting little details, using higher resolutions and curved surfaces, etc, you''re making that alien world REALISTIC.

I hope that I can contribute this idea to the discussion, I think it''s important to make that distinction: that realistic doesn''t mean "ordinary"

Best regards,
Riz

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IMO, graphics can''t be very "believable" or "realistic" when we''re restricted to viewing them on a monitor. The monitor is flat; it can''t give a good sense of 3D for still pictures. 3D glasses might solve the issue, but unfortunately all attempts of making 3D glasses for games have been horrible instruments of torture that cause headaches.. and don''t work. It is strange that 3D sound has gotten far ahead of graphics in realism.

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I think the key here is 'Suspension of Disbelief' and finding the best common denominator between the games design and the players use of that game.

I'm desinging a game right now and it's a struggle to find the appropriate balance. Right off the bat, the more streamlined in-game features that I can provide to the player the better. This way, the game is as intuitive as it can be right out of the box. There is less for the player to learn if I use an environment that is already common. So, trying to mimick realistic graphics is an automatic plus. Ofcourse, the game genre and goals of design are primary factors in choosing the graphical environment...

I hope this perspective helps your thought process.

-nathan

Edited by - Project2501 on 3/13/00 1:43:37 PM

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I saw this over at OpenGL.org a few days ago:
[ http://www.ramartworks.com/ibr/index.html ]
Sounds pretty interesting and *cough cough* fairly easy to implement. So, would you bother with highly realistic graphics if you didn''t have to pull your hair out?
. Okay a little off subject -> Just got Final Fantasy VIII (8) PC for my birthday. I tried it out almost immediately. Was a bit scoffed that my G400, though compatible, couldn''t put 5 fps out during battles. Still, I have to admire how fluidly the game changes between pre-rendered and on-the-fly graphics.
. I''m not trying to praise Square, but I''d like to point out that the flow of the game [storyline, music, graphics, EVERYTHING] is far more essential to the continued suspension of disbelief than pretty polys. I''ve played games with cruddy graphics and good flow and others with pretty graphics and bad flow. Give me fluidity any day!

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OK - I see the point of the original post however I find the most important single point about a game is that it immerses you in its gameplay. This can be done in three main ways:

* Realistic graphics.
* Brilliant gameplay.
* Brilliant atmosphere.

If the graphics are extrelely realistic then there is a much greater chance of the player becoming immersed in the game. For example in Half-Life, the graphics engine itself whilst not breathtaking, is very fluid and contains a lot of locations that are very bleivable in the given context.

If the gameplay is very good, a player can sit and play for hours without even realising what he/she is doing. Take Tetris or the older games such as Pac Man and Galaxian.

Brilliant atmosphere can make a game become more important than the players real life if there is enough of it. I remember when I first played UFO:Enemy Unknown. My body stopped responding to external stimulai Its the same think with Half-Life and Civilization. The game makes you care so much or has such a brilliant storyline that it dosn''t need good graphics anymore.


So far in the history of computer games, most games have relied on just one of the above points to make the game successful. It either had good graphics and no gameplay or rubbish graphics and great atmosphere or whatever.

In recent years, games have just started to cross the boundary and now two of the above elements are being met. Games such as Half Life have got great graphics and stmosphere. However, in my opinion, no game has ever managed to fulfill all three elements. Half Life for example, had basic gameplay once you take away all of the other layers. It was just a Quake clone with great atmosphere and graphics.

I that the way we should be heading is to fulfill all three of the above elements in one game

/me hands everyone two cents

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