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    The PC (Personal Computer) is a highly configurable and upgradable gaming platform that, among home systems, sports the widest variety of control methods, largest library of games, and cutting edge graphics and sound capabilities.

    Unreal! Yes, this is an actual PC screenshot!

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    tmthomsen

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    #1  Edited By tmthomsen

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    Man, times have changed. I remember when I first tried Unreal as an 11 year old and was too scared to play beyond the first level. That first level was extremely cinematic at is time, and I am utterly impressed that it ran so well on a computer without a GPU.
     
    Have we gotten too greedy with graphics? Have you turned down a game because of its graphical quality alone?
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    #2  Edited By CL60

    Holy shit! That's an actual in-game screenshot?!

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    #3  Edited By rjayb89

    Life after Mario 64?  I can't even imagine a world like that.

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    #4  Edited By wolf_blitzer85

    Dude I'm gonna have to upgrade soon.

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    I've never turned down a game because of the graphics.  I played Max Payne for the first time last December and loved it.

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    #6  Edited By owl_of_minerva
    The idea of turning down a game because of its graphical quality is alien to me, as long as it doesn't burn my retinas like Might and Magic II does to me now. Games that craft compelling worlds and narratives can still be played and enjoyed no matter when they came out. I find it a little bit distressing how over-hyped HD graphics are when the costs of making such games means fewer and less risky relases.
    Lol @ the Unreal cover. I remember it being pretty scary at the time (oh shit the lights just went out!).
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    OllyOxenFree

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    #7  Edited By OllyOxenFree

    I don't believe it.  Has to be shoop'd.

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    #8  Edited By yukoasho

    Oh lord, go ahead, make me feel old why don't you?
     
    Seriously though, nice time capsule there.  Though I don't remember there ever being talk of an N64 Unreal...
     
    As to choosing games based on graphics, fuck no.  At least not technical graphics.  Art style goes a long way with me, which is why I love stuff like Bayonetta and 3D Dot Game Heroes.

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    #9  Edited By TheHBK

    There is so much to this cover.  Look at it all. 
    The M2, that piece of crap never came out. 
    Unreal for the N64?  WTF? 
    When graphics cards were called 3d accelerators 
    Miyamoto talking about his next plans.  Shit, this sure hasnt changed. 
    Street Fighter 3 sucked.  Now we can bask in the glory that is Super Street Fighter 4.
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    #10  Edited By TheHT

    nostalgia trip in three...two...onaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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    #11  Edited By W0lfbl1tzers

    I only turn down a game for graphics if I can't tell whats going on.

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    #12  Edited By MadeinFinland
    @W0lfbl1tzers said:
    " I only turn down a game for graphics if I can't tell whats going on. "
    ditto.
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    #13  Edited By Jimbo

    Don't worry, consoles will get to this level of detail eventually.

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    #14  Edited By ryanwho
    @Jimbo said:
    " Don't worry, consoles will get to this level of detail eventually. "
    pshh not likely
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    #15  Edited By HitmanAgent47

    Crysis has been owned.

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    #16  Edited By jakob187

    I have that issue. 
     
    That Street Fighter 3 article was fucking stupid.

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    #17  Edited By ATrevelan

    Man, I friggin LOVE the original Unreal.

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    #18  Edited By mewarmo990

    I would never turn a game down just because of its graphics. Some of the greatest games ever created aren't even in 3D, much less the high-definition craze that's the trend nowadays. I mean,  awesome graphics certainly add quite a bit to the experience, but gameplay should always be paramount (it's a video game, after all). Just try to imagine how much better than the first game Lost Planet 2 could have been if they spent all that effort that went into the visuals on improving the gameplay instead. What a damn waste.

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    #19  Edited By JJOR64

    EPIC!

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    #20  Edited By Jadeskye

    Clearly Pre-rendered.

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    #21  Edited By schizogony

    Dugg

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    #22  Edited By iSylence

    So obviously concept art drawn by a person.

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    #23  Edited By BabyChooChoo

    ...What is Next Generation?

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    #24  Edited By Diamond
    @PrimeSynergy:  It was a pretty cool mag quite a while ago.
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    #25  Edited By c1337us

    Damn it. I really want to know which 3D accellerator I should buy.

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    #26  Edited By BeachThunder
    @c1337us:  None, 3D is just a fad.
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    #27  Edited By Cold_Wolven

    Jeez louise that issue dates back to 1997, man have graphics gone a loooooooong way since then. I remember when I though the graphics of super mario 64 were ' the shit ' back then but then again I was 9 years old and all I had was a sega mega drive. Shigeru's plans for the future were to pump out every spin off of the mario franchise and wait until the year 2010 before he would decide to release a 2nd 3d mario platformer on the same console. Too bad I have no idea what was said in that interview for that issue.
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    #28  Edited By Willy105
    @Cold_Wolven said:
    " Jeez louise that issue dates back to 1997, man have graphics gone a loooooooong way since then. I remember when I though the graphics of super mario 64 were ' the shit ' back then but then again I was 9 years old and all I had was a sega mega drive. Shigeru's plans for the future were to pump out every spin off of the mario franchise and wait until the year 2010 before he would decide to release a 2nd 3d mario platformer on the same console. Too bad I have no idea what was said in that interview for that issue. "
    Yeah, I never really understood why he only made one Mario game per generation until the Wii. 
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    #29  Edited By themangalist

    10 years from now, Crysis would be holy cow we used to play that shit?
    wow.

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    #30  Edited By CowMuffins

    I turn down a game because I can't run it on my computer. Not because it has bad graphics.

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    #31  Edited By ISuperGamerI

    It just shows how fast technology and the video game industry is changing. They are revolutionizing the world with unbelievable capabilities.

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    #33  Edited By TheGremp

    I've turned down Super Mario Galaxy and SMG2, mostly because of the graphics.  After watching Blu-Rays, HDTV, and 360 games in 1080p, standard resolution is almost painful to look at now...  I suppose I've been spoiled by HD, but I honestly see no reason to go back to SD to play a brand new game. 
       

     His face is essentially a blur during gameplay, and the edges look like they could use some serious Anti-Aliasing.
     His face is essentially a blur during gameplay, and the edges look like they could use some serious Anti-Aliasing.

     It really is too bad that Nintendo didn't step up to HD, because I think the Wii would be a much more viable console, and I would personally play it much more. 
     
    So go ahead and say I'm a shallow gamer and that games are about gameplay...  I've heard it all several times before.

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    #34  Edited By landon

    Graphics will never look better than that.

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    #35  Edited By NTM

    Mm, no. I would love to see and play every game I have at its highest quality, of course, but it doesn't turn me away from a game if the game itself is good enough. Crysis is a good example. I pretty much have to run that at its very lowest throughout the whole game to have at least 30 frames, which is absolutely fine by me. I simply don't like slow frame rates. That's the only problem I will have when it comes to playing games on the PC. I'll definitely pass on it, since... I can't really play it anyways right? Ha ha.  
     
    Know what I hate? I hate when you can play a high-end PC title like Crysis well enough, but you can't run a game that came out some years before or the same year and run it as well. Like Call of Duty 4? Darn. Oh well. Just... give me the best freakin' PC and I'll be set :P. Just kidding, no greed.
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    #36  Edited By JoelTGM
    @TheGremp: 
    Na that's not a crazy thing to say.  That would be like launching your brand new PC game, and then lowering the resolution down to like 640x480 or so.  It's ugly.
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    #37  Edited By Hitchenson
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    #38  Edited By tebbit

    Will my Voodoo run this?

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    #39  Edited By ryanwho

    Who's the complete bitch who ruined the vibe ITT?

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    #40  Edited By natetodamax

    Daaaaang

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    #41  Edited By agentboolen

    I thought Street Fighter 3 wasn't that bad, why the hate???

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    #42  Edited By Bones8677

    Simpler times.

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    #43  Edited By FreakAche

    I was only 6 in 97, but I must say I find this really amazing. I had to look up M2 on Wikipedia.

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    #44  Edited By buzz_killington

    Unreal was like the Killzone 2 of its time.

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    #45  Edited By RevolvingLezard

    Daaaamn, now that makes me feel old!! Ahhh, nostalgia..... 
     
    I have been unable to play games because they were too good for my PC, so the opposite is true for me. Gameplay comes waaaay before Graphics. Probably why I enjoyed Super Mario Galaxy so much.

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    #46  Edited By JJWeatherman

    That's awesome. It's always fun to look back and laugh.

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    #47  Edited By RoujinX

    Mount & Blade, dude. Mount & Blade.
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    #48  Edited By zero_

    OH SHIIIIIIIITTT

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    #49  Edited By ch3burashka

    It seems Next's April  Fools issue came out 2 months late.

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    #50  Edited By davidwitten22

    As someone who just got a Ps3 last Christmas, I don't care about graphics. I can still play Ps1 games and N64 games. I still play Chrono Trigger and I'll probably start FFVI for the first time soon.

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