Graphical Snobbery

Graphics CardI’m a regular listener of the MassivelyOP podcast. I enjoy the years of gaming insight that both hosts bring to the show, as well as their down-to-earth style of communicating. However, one term (or concept, really) continues to be brandished about during that podcast that tends to rub me the wrong way. The phrase “graphics snobs” has been used several times as of late in describing those who dismiss a game purely on graphical presentation and without any other basis. While I understand the hosts’ objections, the idea sometimes comes across more like “graphics really aren’t all that important to a game, anyway.” It’s with this implication that I take issue.

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Murf’s Screenshot Contest Winners

GiraffeHey, if you like screenshots, and you like MMO’s (or other cool video games), you should go check out all of the entries and winners from this year’s NBI Screenshot Safari! There are a ton of great shots linked in there, including (due to the overwhelming response) a whole category just for LOTRO shots! Woot, LOTRO community represent! Sadly, none of my screenshots were from LOTRO, but happily I can report that once the votes were tallied, one of my submissions did end up in the winner’s circle! Bringing home the gold in the “Epic Achievement” category was my entry from Skyrim: Dragon Soul Sucker! It’s posted again below for your viewing enjoyment. Make sure you go check out all of the other screenies, and thanks Murf for being the ringmaster of this particular NBI circus!

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#NBI2015Safari: Dragon Soul Sucker

Once again, a quick and easy screenshot post that complies with Murf’s screenshot safari rules for the Newbie Blogger Initiative.

Filing this screenshot under the “Epic Achievements” category. What’s more epic than felling a dragon and absorbing it’s soul? Seriously, though, the first time this happened to me in Skyrim I had to stop and catch my breath afterwards.

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#NBI2015Safari: A Shadow in Skyrim

This is not a screenshot blog. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever posted a screenshot that wasn’t somehow relevant to or that enhanced the written post at large. It’s not that I don’t like screenshots, it just doesn’t usually occur to me to put one up and let it stand on it’s own. For the Newbie Blogger Initiative this year, Murf has thrown down the screenie gauntlet in the form of his “screenshot safari”. It’s a competition of sorts, so if you’re interested in the rules, I’d encourage you to head over to his post for clarification.

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The Sky’s the Limit: Skyrim Review

I’ve purchased Skyrim a couple of times. When it first came out, I bought it for the PS3 based on the word-of-mouth I was hearing from co-workers. For whatever reason, I never really got into the groove of using a controller for an RPG, and quickly abandoned the idea. About two years later, still encouraged by strong reviews and graphics that were very appealing to my gaming tastes, I picked up the Ultimate PC edition on Steam for a little over $25. This time, I tried a little harder to understand the game, but still found it frustrating and turned to more familiar titles to fill my precious free time.

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The Hype for 2014: Why I’m not buying it

By my posts and community involvement, you might think that the only game that I play is Lord of the Rings Online. While that’s almost true, I do venture outside of Middle-Earth occasionally to see what else the gaming world has to offer. For one, I’m interested in how other games approach certain things and what systems/strategies work better or worse than what I’m familiar with in LOTRO. Second, although I currently have no plans to stop playing LOTRO, I know that games don’t last forever, and I’d like to understand the landscape in case things start to go south. Lastly, the distinct possibility exists that there may indeed be a game out there that succeeds in replacing my current “number one” due to it’s sheer awesomeness, approach, or general “fun factor”. After all, LOTRO is a six year old game, surely somebody has seen fit to improve upon the concepts of gameplay that I know fairly well….

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