Originally Posted by amd655
Just using it as an example is fine, but some here swear by it, like it is the only game all of us play...
For some of us it is the only game we play (or one that at least gets a hell of a lot of our time). I've actually been on that game non stop since launch, modding and tweaking ENB profiles (so much so I've had to uninstall, request a Nexus account ban, and force myself to take a break). The community for Skyrim is massive. It's probably the biggest modding community at present. Rivalling Unreal Tournaments modding scene back in its day, and making Oblivion and Fallout look boring in comparison.
The popularity of Skyrim is unreal and with that in mind it is little wonder why so many people will argue it's validity. I think you underestimate the games popularity and that is where you fail to realise why it is so important to take into consideration. It's even more important to take into consideration because guess what's coming next? Fallout 4! You think a 2gb card will cut it for that? Nope, not a chance.
Now I'll side with you, and say yeah, modding isn't for everyone. But it is a big part of PC culture and one that should definitely not be overlooked. It's not like Skyrim is the only game moddable either. Fallout 3, Oblivion, Crysis 1-3, Dark Souls, GTA IV, etc among many other games can get demanding once you start throwing mods on top of a maxed out base (though in some cases it's more poor developer optimization to blame).
Now... is more than 2gb a necessity for the average gamer today? I will say no. It is not a necessity. Is it required to get the most out of specific games? I would say definitely. Will you see games push VRAM more and more in the future? Is this really question up for debate? The more GPU's we see with high amounts of VRAM pushed out the more games will take advantage of that. It will eventually get to a point where 1gb will get phased out (though I don't forsee that for a good few years at least). Change is inevitable so I'm happy to have a headstart.
An old saying comes to mind here.
Better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.