posted on Dec, 18 2011 @ 12:52 PM
Consoles: They destroy the game development. they anchor for many years the development and growth of the industry to instead be segmented towards
whenever the new consoles are released. This means that instead of developers trying new things that may be outside of the scope of whatever crappy
consoles are out today, they flush their creative endeavors until the next release that may or may not accommodate their desires...
I dropped consoles years ago for good. PCs rule, period. You keep upgrading a PC -because you can-. You can't upgrade a console, you just have to
deal with the specs until the console overlords will allow you to purchase their new version (that will be redundant tech in 18 months).
Art: Define art. You can't. Art is the mona lisa, and it is someone whom simply smeared feces and some blue paint on canvas...in the eye of the
beholder type thing.
So, what is "Game art" to me? Skyrim is a good example of a artistic style...it is a convincing world with soo many points you can simply stop,
look at, and take a snapshot that could end up being a wonderful painting.
Same with many other games, from Crysis 2 on max settings, to even minecraft (but you would need to be a bit of a geek to appreciate that as a
painting on your wall).
Artistic emotional draw? hmm...well, this is actually a really good point. Yes, most games makes you feel for the characters about as much as you
feel for a random twig on the ground. no personalitys, no real dynamic aspects to themselves (stop saying the same damn thing over and over),
etc...and rarely do games achieve outside of that scope (dragon age origins and games like that..kotor..etc, they tend to focus on good character
development and giving a crap about people).
So, when we go into the smaller artists..and why PC rocks
Modders are the actual proper artists (starving artists) of the digital age. Consider the emotional draw question...now, take a popular game Fallout
Fun game, beautiful devastation landscape, etc..but one minor issue
You feel about as close to people, including your own companions, as you would a dishrag. just run forward and absorb damage so I don't die..thats
all your good for.
Then some modder makes a mod called "Willow". a companion mod with 600 voiced lines, habits, and all sorts of odd quirks. Suddenly, your
travelling the wasteland with what feels like an actual companion (and potentially more if you want to push it..its a rated R mod...not X, but you get
the point..can be a girlfriend mod).
some will suggest this is just for people whom can't get girlfriends, how sad, etc...no, to those people, well, they are idiots. Its about making a
form of art that enhances the experience..I would feel just as happy if it was a quirky guy following me around whom I felt had lots of care and focus
on his creation.
About MW3 and the like...meh...nice visuals, but they are focusing in on playing the game, winning the game, buying the next game, period. it is a
corporate process now verses a individual prideful work of art for every piece.
So ya, you need a PC to truely appreciate the art that is games..that is because you can find the odd mod that truely enhances the world to its max
potential..on a console, your stuck with corporate idea of what art is and thats it...love it or leave it...
So yes..drop your consoles into the sea.