Originally Posted by |MaguS|
Yes the graphics are tied to the size of the game, its a lot more taxing on any system if you use more high res textures. They don't make games just for the top PCs, you are a minority, they make the games for the average PC which wouldn't even run the game at the max settings to begin with. Hell if it wasn't for me my GF wouldn't ever change her graphics settings in her games beyond resolution even though she has a great rig.
They're not. A lot of the textures are reused and texture quality has nothing to do with performance, other than VRAM capacity. Skyrim has bad textures because they ported it from the Xbox360 not because the game is so vast. Skyrim is like Crysis 2, in the fact they made no attempt on during developement to improve the fidelity on the PC.
If you believe that Skyrim's graphics are limited to it's size, you're badly mistaken, texture mods should show you that. Texture quality has zero impact on performance, assuming you have the VRAM and texture quality setting are only there for cards with lower VRAM