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The Death of a Video Game Benchmark

One of the easiest and best ways to judge a video game console's graphical prowess has, quite literally, been cut. Guess it's back to counting lines of resolution?

Everyone has their own "thing" when it comes to determining the graphical capabilities of a given console. For awhile, people used water effects. Or, once Gran Turismo 3 came around, folks started staring at models of cars to see how powerful a game console was. Heck, for awhile, the notion of in-game models that could actually sweat was the clearest sign that basketball game graphics are becoming more and more realistic.

But my benchmark just blew away into the wind. Esteemed news outlet TMZ is reporting that Triple H has cut his hair.

As far as I'm concerned, the only way we're going to know if a PlayStation Orbis or Xbox Durango are capable video gaming devices is to look at the mane of HHH. And it's been this way for years, really. Seriously, go on back to the N64 and take a look around. See what THQ was able to do back then with The Game's long, stringy, sort-of-crappy, usually wet mop. Actually, don't go back. I already went back for you. Look at this shot from WWF Wrestlemania 2000:

Or these shots from WWF No Mercy!

Now check it against a more modern rendition of the professional wrestler that's poised to pretty much run the WWE someday.

Though this may look more... accurate than those N64 games, I still have to say that this looks pretty terrible. Even at its best, video game hair technology sort of sucks. Maybe Trips got tired of waiting for the consoles to catch up with him and took the easy way out?

See? Not even close. Ipso facto, modern machines are more powerful than older ones. And we wouldn't ever be able to come to this conclusion if it wasn't for Triple H's classic 'do. So it's with some sadness that I bring this report to you, dear reader. The only consolation I can offer is that every time an longtime pro wrestler cuts off his shitty heavy metal hair, the easier it is to see them calling moves in the ring. And, really, isn't that what sports entertainment is all about?

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Posted by Jeff

Everyone has their own "thing" when it comes to determining the graphical capabilities of a given console. For awhile, people used water effects. Or, once Gran Turismo 3 came around, folks started staring at models of cars to see how powerful a game console was. Heck, for awhile, the notion of in-game models that could actually sweat was the clearest sign that basketball game graphics are becoming more and more realistic.

But my benchmark just blew away into the wind. Esteemed news outlet TMZ is reporting that Triple H has cut his hair.

As far as I'm concerned, the only way we're going to know if a PlayStation Orbis or Xbox Durango are capable video gaming devices is to look at the mane of HHH. And it's been this way for years, really. Seriously, go on back to the N64 and take a look around. See what THQ was able to do back then with The Game's long, stringy, sort-of-crappy, usually wet mop. Actually, don't go back. I already went back for you. Look at this shot from WWF Wrestlemania 2000:

Or these shots from WWF No Mercy!

Now check it against a more modern rendition of the professional wrestler that's poised to pretty much run the WWE someday.

Though this may look more... accurate than those N64 games, I still have to say that this looks pretty terrible. Even at its best, video game hair technology sort of sucks. Maybe Trips got tired of waiting for the consoles to catch up with him and took the easy way out?

See? Not even close. Ipso facto, modern machines are more powerful than older ones. And we wouldn't ever be able to come to this conclusion if it wasn't for Triple H's classic 'do. So it's with some sadness that I bring this report to you, dear reader. The only consolation I can offer is that every time an longtime pro wrestler cuts off his shitty heavy metal hair, the easier it is to see them calling moves in the ring. And, really, isn't that what sports entertainment is all about?

Posted by Oscar__Explosion

the hell?

Posted by 5eNintendan

Was so damn close

Posted by Sgtpierceface

Poor Jeff.

Posted by MaxxS

Triple H has no concept of the weight of his crimes, does he?

Edited by MooseyMcMan

Madness!

Just use "Classic Triple H." In the games, I mean. Retro costumes.

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Posted by Heti

This is going to blur the line between the console generations even more!!

Posted by Brother_PipPop

Godbless you gerts man.

Posted by NoobSauceG7

WHAT THE FUCK!

Posted by Hockeymask27

Best Article ever!

RIP HHH's Hair

Posted by Schatzy23

sad face

Posted by MeatSim

We are incapable of telling if graphics have improved now.

Posted by thirteenyahs

September 5th, 2012. Worst day in history.

Posted by MagusMaleficus

Goddamn, I love me some Botchamania.

Posted by Oldirtybearon

Sometimes Jeff just hits it out of the park.

God bless Gerstmann.

Posted by HarlequinRiot

Probably the best and worst news story ever posted on the site.

Posted by Demoskinos

A botchamania youtube video in a news article on Giantbomb? My life is complete. THANK YOU BASED GERSTMANN.

Posted by kishinfoulux

LMAO

Posted by Shinmaru007

I would like to buy Triple H's hair.

Posted by LadyShayne

He doesn't even look like Triple H in that first pic. The haircut paired with the suit seems...lawyer worthy. A sad day indeed.

Posted by SlightConfuse

End of an era

Posted by TruthTellah

I have suddenly lost all perspective on the world around me.

Posted by GigaMunch

How will we know if the Durango is superior now!?

Posted by Catarrhal

Damn you, Paul Levesque! Damn you!

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Posted by GorillaMoPena

Wrestling ponytails are on their death bed, Paul Heyman is clinging to an era.

Posted by BoomSnapClap113

Jeff, you are truly a comedic genius.

Posted by Kentobi

THIS IS THE GREATEST NIGHT IN THE HISTORY OF OUR SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT

Posted by stalefishies

But WWE13 including not one, not two, but three Triple H variants means that long-haired Triple H can live on in the medium of people wishing it was still the Attitude era, and so, assuming this ideology continues, a lack of long-haired Triple H could well not be a problem. Basically, this article is poorly researched, and is indicative of the embarrassingly poor quality of video game journalism, and you should feel ashamed of yourself for this blatant fishing for article hits.
 
Also Triple H looks fucking stupid with short hair.

Posted by Gaspar

Jeff this is one of the many reasons why I like your style.

Posted by Brandino

@Demoskinos said:

A botchamania youtube video in a news article on Giantbomb? My life is complete. THANK YOU BASED GERSTMANN.

This is easily my favorite article on any game site. I have ALWAYS judged tech and especially the quality of a wrestling game from his hair. RIP HHH's hair.

Posted by Brisaac

Top rated journalism.

But no, seriously, in game hair sucks. I can't think of a single game that does it right.

Posted by LiK

ROFL

Posted by cooljammer00

I think he was the last one, right? Jericho, Edge, Christian...I can't think of anyone else, and I'm ignoring DX/NWO nonsense.

Also, TMZ...that's not really "shaving his head". He just cut it short.

Edited by BelligerentEngine

Calm down Jeff, Hunter has done this before, he shaved his head at the 2010 tribute to the troops. I assume the pure golden locks were melted down and donated to a venterancy fund of some kind.

Point is... It'll grow back like before.

Posted by Milkman

Thank You Hunter *clap clap clapclapclap* Thank You Hunter

Posted by ValiantGoat

The end of an era.

Posted by csl316

DAMMIT

Posted by ragbag

LEAVE THE MEMORIES ALONE

Posted by ShadowConqueror

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Posted by nohthink

LOL I like how this is an article 

Posted by giant_frying_pan

Didn't even lay it down in a hair match. No sense for the business!

Posted by CptMorganCA

@Brisaac said:

Top rated journalism. But no, seriously, in game hair sucks. I can't think of a single game that does it right.

Alice: Madness Returns comes to mind, but I can't think of any "realistic" game with good hair.

Posted by MikeGosot
@MooseyMcMan said:

Madness!

Just use "Classic Triple H." In the games, I mean. Retro costumes.

That's not needed. Now, the new Triple H won't be in games, just the old one. The REAL one.
Posted by Bourbon_Warrior

more of this please

Posted by Nytrik

I love this website so goddamn much.

Posted by WJist

THANKS OBAMA

Posted by LostFlock

Wrestlemania 2000, good times...

Posted by laserbolts

This is a sad day in sports entertainment.

Posted by JoeyRavn

So... "Triple H's mane" confirmed as a card for the Giant Bomb Edition of Cards Against Humanity?

Posted by Scratch

Never seen a botchamania video before. Man.