The lights are on
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One of the highlights coming out of E3 was the premiere of
Unreal Engine 4 and a precious few games that admitted to using it to run
next-gen graphics. As far as I know, only one of the Final Fantasy games directly
stated that their graphics were designed with next-gen capacity in mind.
Everyone else pretended that their game was made for "high-end PCs."
I saw some of the trailers made with the new Unreal Engine.
They were impressive. You know how games usually have really cool introductory
sequences with pre-rendered CGI graphics that look completely amazing? Next-gen
graphics look like that, but they're not pre-rendered. That means the entire
game looks photorealistic instead of just the nifty video at the opening title
On the surface, this seems like a good thing. Who would have
thought that they'd see genuine photorealism in video games this soon? Chalk it
up to a childhood spent gaming on an ancient Game Boy Color, but when I think
of video game graphics I think of classic 8-bit sprites in Super Mario Bros.
The idea of games looking exactly like real life is pretty darn mind-blowing. I
can't wait to complain to see some of my favorite franchises rendered in loving
There is something that worries me a little, though. How
gory is the next generation going to get? Think about it. You might think you
have a strong stomach for violence (after 60+ hours of Grand Theft Auto IV, I
certainly do), but how much gore can you take when it looks exactly like a real
GTA VI will probably get banned everywhere
This might seem like a silly thing to worry about, but it is
something that bothers me. Video game violence doesn't unsettle me at all.
Gunning down pedestrians in GTA IV or hacking apart aliens in Dead Space is no
big deal precisely because I know that it is a video game and the violence
isn't real. You're not killing people, you're killing pixels. (For more musings
on this topic, read ***this. It's one of the better blogs I ever wrote).
A game's graphics help remind you that it is a game and not
real life. It's hard to imagine that you are killing real people in GTA when
they have a grey-colored blob for a face. What worries me is that as next-gen
graphics get sharper, that line between video games and reality might become a
bit more... blurry.
And then there's the decency factor. Quite frankly, I don't
know if I even want to see photorealistic video game violence. Can you imagine
a version of Dead Space with perfect graphics? It would make a lot of gamers
Maybe I'm overreacting. Maybe the next generation of game
consoles won't have photorealistic graphics. Maybe violence depicted in perfect
graphics won't bother me any more than violence in current-gen graphics does. If
I had to make a guess, I'd bet that everyone (myself included) will get used to
seeing blood and gore in perfect HD.
To be honest... I don't know if that's a good thing.