This is how we praise the sun!
- Feb 7, 2011
- 3 children in a trench coat
Ok, putting WoW aside, how do you explain the popularity of something like LoL of PUBG? Again, these are ugly games, which came out at a time where they were incredibly outclassed graphically by their competitors. LoL came out in 2009 and looks like something that would have been out in 2004. PUBG may as well be Arma 2 visually and it hasn't even technically been released yet.thepyrethatburns said:Yes, people have loyalty to the games once they get into them but that doesn't change whether or not they initially flocked to it because of it's graphics. I have had two MMOs that I actually stuck with. Auto Assault and SWTOR (still on SWTOR). SWTOR can hardly be called a graphical powerhouse these days but I stuck with it. I still play Unreal Tournament and I still play on my original NES. None of that actually counters whether or not they were pretty when they came out.Dirty Hipsters said:That's actually really not true.
What's the biggest MMO in the world? World of Warcraft.
What's the biggest MOBA? League of Legends.
What's the biggest shooter? Player Unknown's Battlegrounds.
All of these games are ugly as sin and make crap loads of money.
Graphics are an easy way to sell a game, it's easy to market and easy to make a game stand out in consumer's minds. That's why developers and publishers focus on that, because it's easy to show pretty pictures in advertisements, and it's really hard to convey mechanical depth or the feel of a game through a 30 second TV spot. The games that get really big and have a long lifespan though? They're aren't always the prettiest games.
Remember, Counter Strike has been around since basically the dawn of time and still makes money despite extremely simple graphics and ugly clunky animations. Hell, people would probably still play 1.6 if Source and Global Offensive never came out.
In the case of WoW, that actually strengthens my point. Was WoW better looking than Everquest when it came out? (Not the trailers obviously as Blizzard makes really good trailers but the game itself) Yes.