The Daily Grind: How much of an MMO graphics snob are you?

    
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Pretty much any time that Project Gorgon comes up in discussion around Massively OP, a discussion invariably takes place among readers that weighs the game’s feature set against its graphical prowess (or lack of it). There’s your “the gameplay makes up for the looks” camp and then there’s your “I’m sorry, but I can’t get over the looks to access the gamplay” crowd.

I think most all of us have some standards in how games appeal to us visually. If a game is truly ugly or looks off-putting, it can be difficult to force yourself to give it a shot or stick with it. For me, I don’t mind low fidelity and older-looking graphics as long as there’s some personality and style to them. But I cannot abide games with uncanny valley or plastic-looking characters (EverQuest II comes to mind) and have an adverse reaction to the bland green-and-brown landscapes that are covering many upcoming indie fantasy MMOs.

Be honest with us today: How much of an MMO graphics snob are you? Where’s your cutoff between playing and rejecting a game for its looks alone?

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camelotcrusade

For me it’s more about the aesthetic and the creativity of the artists to work within that aesthetic. It may take me a while to adjust to whatever it is (FFVII square hands? Terraria pixels?) but once I do, I’m good. Such a disposition makes retrogaming a lot easier, too. ?

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Weilan

Morrowind and Vanilla WoW are my bare minimum, anything below that I can’t tolerate, simply because I can’t immerse in it. Like Meridian 59 which just released on Steam, I can give it a go, but with thoose outdated graphics and 2D sprites in a 3D world that turn as you move, that’s horrible.

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Orenj

I play MMOs for the immersion in a persistent virtual world, so the world has to feel like more than an abstract representation to me; there has to be some visual detail in it. That being said, so far FFXI is the only one that I’ve failed to get into for that reason. Project Gorgon is good enough. Trove, no, but I can’t even think of that as an MMO, there’s no world there to me.

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Frank White

Well, let’s just get one thing out of the way first: if you’re still playing WoW, you can’t claim that graphics are very important to you. Ha ha. Personally, I’m okay with only “good’ graphics, as long as most everything else is compelling, but the graphics for something like Project Gorgon are a deal killer for me. The first MMO I played was Dark Age of Camelot, and I’m sorry, but any MMO I play now has to at least look better than an MMO I played 17 years ago.

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socontrariwise

Mostly it is about gameplay. I play Shroud of Avatar occasionally and that sure looks ugly (anyone seen these shepherd dogs they have everywhere that look like they broke their backs and those distorted heads??) but the gameplay is not too bad (just broken economy which is deadly for a crafting focused game).
But some thing are really getting to me, overly gloomy and bloody and gory for example as well as plastic looking or attempts to look utterly realistic and then of course the cases where it fails sticking out like sore thumbs. So I prefer more artificial, artistic styles.

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Hikari Kenzaki

Mostly, it’s about the graphics, for sure, but it comes down to a lot of things.

1) Can I make a character that looks like mine. After all “Hikari looks the same in every game.” :)
2) Is it pretty? Are the clothes and armor and such focused on. What about the environment. Since I spend a fair amount of time taking screenshots, I want something that captures my creativity. Good camera controls are a plus, too, but not required. GTA looks great. The characters are kinda ugly, but passable and the setting more than makes up for it. BDO is all around pretty and has great cameras and that is 90% of why I play it. Conan Exiles is another flat out beautiful game.
3) Is it ugly? Champions Online, I’m looking at you. Everything about the game makes me go “What were they thinking?” The city, the broken backs… and those faces… sheesh, those faces are scary. I just can’t play a game that is truly hideous.

I might put up with a game with less than amazing graphics (GW1 had good graphics for it’s time, but they don’t hold up, but still I play it.) if it has good game play and/or a good story, but it really has to hook me in.

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Winter

I’m a total graphics whore …sorry :D

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writelikeaman

All I really need is foliage/clutter/tree density and view distance to the max.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Im a simple man. I see ugly graphics I uninstall

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Stormwaltz

I tend to be more of a snob about style than quality. I like “realism” (LotRO, ESO, STO) and dislike “cartoony” (WoW, Wildstar, Allods).