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Graphics, Art vs. Life

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I realize that it's been just a little while since the Podtoid had this discussion, but I was struck with a thought recently.

Yes, it's true that beautiful art holds up better and that you will always achieve what you had in your head with art, but some games can't be made right with it.

Just think about Gears, would any visual style other than the semi-realistic one they used work?
Yes you could do guys cutting eachother up with chainsaws and such with a cartoon or anime style, but it would have the same laughable quality as do Gibs in TF2 or the beheadings in Castle Crashers.

Both of those games are righteous, but they also both expect to be laughed at, you can't take them seriously.
Imagine cutting a cartoony art character up with a spray of blood and a scream, it'd be hilarious but the grit would be gone.
Perhaps a comic style could hold up, but it'd still be shallow, I think some level of real life visuals are needed to produce true grit.
It's hard to produce attachment to a character without even a facsimile of real human features. Kirby is cute and funny, but can you honestly tell me you give a shit about him? I feel sorry for Dom, not deeply, but a little. Solid Snake has had my sympathy a couple times. Mario, nope.

Also, I think CoD4 looked about 20 bazillion times better than TF2,
not based on art or ability to hold up.
It's just that I'd rather look at someone's attempt at real than what amounts to a visual joke.
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About The Dr0w Rangerone of us since 10:29 AM on 03.27.2009

Ok, My real name is Josh, though my online friends remember my old tag, vote4drizzt.
I was born in the early 90s, and it was shortly after the N64 came out that I was actually able to get and play games regularly, so I missed some of the classics completely.
Then again, my affinity for games older than the SNES is nil. Either way, I am a colossal nerd, I am into Star Wars, Star Trek, every fantasy classic you can think of has passed before my eyes, if not made my fav list, and I play mostly shooters.

I have made forays into platforming, racing and other similar games but Shooters are my home, I like violence,and I have practice.
Top five games ever include Bioshock, KoToR, Half Life 2, CoD4 and AoE3

Movies are Star Wars, Riddick, Zombieland, Equilibrium and Hot Fuzz 911

I listen to All That Remains, Disturbed, Nailpoint Payment, Joe Satriani and Here Come The Mummies

I am a Christian by faith, but a lot of people don't like my way of going about this, they can get with the wind. I don't think Jesus cares about Gears of War, nor do I think hes going to strike me dead for listening to Disturbed, so I enjoy life.

College Student majoring in Computer Programming.
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