Thursday, October 11, 2007

Poll analysis - Visual styles

As I write, those are the numbers for our latest poll:

The visual styles of your favourite games are...

  • 3D Photorealistic (1 votes)
  • 3D Cartoony (3 votes)
  • 3D Stylized (something between cartoon and photorealistic) (6 votes)
  • 2D Photorealistic (0 votes)
  • 2D Cartoony (4 votes)
  • 2D Stylized (6 votes)
  • other (0 votes)


    I wonder if this preference doesn´t reflect the current state of gameplay and game themes much more than game graphic capabilities. I think it was Chris Crawford who, in his book, advised designers to downgrade graphics in case gameplay didn´t match its level of realism. I could be wrong, though. In fact, games that achieve for realistic, sophisticated gameplay, such as Façade, often use stylized graphics paradoxally reinforcing the game´s verosilitude.

    And of course, there is that Uncanny Valley issue, when photorealistic characters look repulsive.
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