Originally Posted by lordikon
Because I never cared about the graphics in the original either. I've only ever cared about a game being fun and the experience of it. Even for games that are going for a semi-realistic experience, it only has to be realistic enough for me not to spot things during normal gameplay that stand out as really odd.
I forget what the term is called, but when you pull someone out of the experience they're in and bring them back to reality, it negatively affects the experience. The goal for a game like Crysis 1 or 2 is to sell the realism to the player, and the fact is, the average player won't really notice or care about the graphical difference between 1 and 2.
What is the point of PC gaming then? Why not stop the relentless cycle of upgrading and buy a console? If you are content with a negligible improvement over consoles, why not embrace it?
I'd like to tell a little story. Call it a ghost story, call it a nightmare, call it the future, call it a call to arms, call it utter bull****. Call it what you will.
Publishers are in the business of making money. They do not give a damn about what the customer thinks, as long as games are moving and they are making money 1
. They can increase profits by decreasing costs of development. They would be overjoyed if everybody owned a 360 and they could develop for a single platform and reap the lower costs (and higher profits) of developing for one hardware configuration.
PC gaming is in the sights of publishers in their crusade to cut costs. Make no mistake, they would be incredibly happy if they could wake up tomorrow and every single PC gamer had handed in his/her PC for an xbox. Much to their chagrin, they cannot wave a wand and make this change happen. As a result they are trying their best to push and prod here and there to make it happen.
The first step is to decrease the extra costs of the PC platform. This comes through crummy textures, so they can put it all on one DVD, 2
slowly decreasing graphics options 3
which cost so many pretty pennies to implement. Sooner or later, the PC version of crossplatform games start to look very similar to the console counterpart 4
While decreasing the graphics, they stop optimizing for PC almost totally 5
. This means that despite games not looking any better, the status quo of having to continually upgrade computers keeps on going. Then, PC gamers thinking about how much that next upgrade will cost start to compare it to the price of a xbox.
Slowly, one by one, they come to the conclusion that there is hardly any difference between the two, and the PC is far more expensive to keep current.
WAKE UP, IT'S ALL ONE BIG PLOY TO ASSIMILATE THE PC MARKET
1. See: anything that escapes from cesspool that is Bobby Kotick's mouth
2. See: Crysis 2
3. See: mw2's incredible PC features
4. See: Every console port, ever
5. See: Black ops
Feel free to point out any leaps in my logic. There aren't many, nor are they very large.