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Old 05-13-07, 09:18 PM   #1
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Default Does technical quality or art style matter more to you?

Anyways, I've always thought it was weird how only "graphics" was rated by critics.

Does anyone think they should break it into 2 categories (graphics-technical and graphics-art)?

Anyways, I've always been more interested in the technical quality of the graphics rather than the artistic ideas/quality.

Obviously, today Nintendo is kind of dwelling on art style of course.

A game for it's time (1991) with both great art style and great technical quality is Jewel Master. (simply was in mind b/c I was just listening to its music from vgmusic.)

Another was DMC1, and by just the slightest of margins less, DMC3.

I know this is automatically a stupid thread b/c it was created by me, I know, but some people other than me might be interested in this thread.
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Old 05-13-07, 10:08 PM   #2
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Default Re: Does technical quality or art style matter more to you?

Technical quality. I can appreciate good art but without the technical quality its for me like trying to admire a Picasso with sand in my eyes.
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Old 05-13-07, 10:40 PM   #3
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Default Re: Does technical quality or art style matter more to you?

Both. If the Tech is great, and combined with great textures (art), then it leaves a good impression.
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Old 05-14-07, 08:01 AM   #4
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All art style here. Ask me if I think Okami or Gears of War looks better and I wouldn't be sure. While I can certainly appreciate the technical achievement that is Gears of War, Okami just looks so damned amazing.
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Old 05-14-07, 08:18 AM   #5
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Art style here.
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Old 05-14-07, 08:36 AM   #6
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Default Re: Does technical quality or art style matter more to you?

Lots of games today have technically very good engines but I think they look quite bad. Art style is the key indicator as to whether I think the game looks good and I'm not really sure why people argue over graphic features.
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Yeah I'll go with art style any day. A game that can do both however is great!
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Old 05-14-07, 09:02 AM   #8
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Most definitely art. This, for example, is far more appealing to me visually than most of the 'next-gen' games I've seen, especially all the technically impressive but insipid brown/grey ruined city warzone games that seems to be popular at the moment.
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Old 05-14-07, 10:36 AM   #9
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Default Re: Does technical quality or art style matter more to you?

Art Style here too.

There are plenty of games that are extremely outdated by todays standards that I think look excellent.

Graphics that are all "technical" with weak artistic style have little to no value once the technology is outdated.

I'd never say that Outcast, Startopia or Realms of the Haunting had the best graphics ever since they are so technically outdated (especially ROTH which sort of resembles the Duke 3d engine) but these games have some of my favorite visuals ever. Well done low res textures and attention to small scenery details make a hell of a lot more interesting graphics (to me) than a shiny pixel shaded blocky mess or super high resolution bland textures.
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Default Re: Does technical quality or art style matter more to you?

I say you need to have both to have a good looking game. I like the more technical side though, like nice water effects, interesting physics, etc.
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Old 05-14-07, 12:15 PM   #11
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Default Re: Does technical quality or art style matter more to you?

how can you start a thread with the word anyways? it's your first sentence, you didn't say anything before that.
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Old 05-14-07, 12:19 PM   #12
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I want both, STALKER is a near perfect example of that for me.
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