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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