Awhile back me and my childhood friend were just hanging out drinking and playing games. I was playing Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time and he was watching. He then asks "Have you ever played Black Ops or Modern Warfare?". He told me all about the game and how realistic it looks and what not trying to sell me on it. I told him I just wasn't interested in that game.
That's when I noticed something about my taste in game visuals...I find hi-res photo realistic-ish graphics to be kind of boring. I don't want my games to look like real life. The main reason I play games to get away from reality.
Even as a child I was more into Street Fighter than Mortal Kombat. Growing up and transitioning from NES to Super Nintendo my expectation of future videogame graphics was never 3D (up until middle school and the beginning of the N64 Vs. PlayStation cycle). I imagined games would just look sharper and more smoothly animated to the point where I felt like I was playing a cartoon. Something like Wario Land Shake.
I was wrong. Once 3D hit I loved everything because the three dimensional graphics were so boxy and shitty that nothing looked realistic. Even serious games either looked like a 3D cartoon or a parody of reality. I loved it.
It wasn't until this generation of games that I found myself skipping many games that looked too realistic...except for Skyrim.