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Graphics Are So Impressive These Days

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Updated Jun 10, 2024 at 04:08PM EDT by Zach.

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Graphics Are So Impressive These Days refers to an exploitable four-frame image featuring a close-up of the eyes displayed in video games like Hellblade, Horizon and The Last of Us Part II. The image was posted on Twitter / X in early June 2024, with the fourth frame in the graphic comparison montage being replaced by ironic images featuring games with other types of graphics, some of them being more abstract or not ultra-realistic, to make fun of the examples in the image.

Origin

On May 23rd, 2024, X[1] user @PainkillerQ8 posted a four-panel montage featuring a close-up of the eyes displayed in modern video games like Hellblade, Horizon, God of War and The Last of Us Part II_. The post (seen below) amassed more than 4,300 likes and 3,600 reposts in a month.


@Painkillers @PainkillerQ8 @PainkillerQ8 HORIZON FORBIDDEN WEST HELLBLADE I SENUAS SAGA @PainkillerQ8 GODOWAR THE LAST OF US RAGNAROK PARTI

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A week after @PainkillerQ8's post went viral, X[2] user @SFBTom replaced Kratos' eye picture on June 1st, 2024, with a pixelated image from the survival game Crow Country (seen below, left) alongside the ironic caption, "Graphics are so impressive these days." The image amassed more than 5,900 likes and 620 reposts in two weeks.

On June 6th, 2024, X[3] user @The_Gutter_ posted a version of the meme featuring a boss from the Bloodborne game (seen below, right), which garnered over 52,000 likes and 4,500 reposts in four days.


@PainkillerQ8 Painkillers HORIZON FORBIDDEN WEST HELLBLADE II illerQ& SENUAS SAGA CHOW COUNTRY THE LAST OF US PARTI @PainkillerQ8 Painkillers HELLBLADE II SENUAS SAGA HORIZON FORBIDDEN WEST iller Q& Bloodborne THE LAST OF US PARTI

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@PainkillerQ8 HORIZON FORBIDDEN WE HELLBLADEN SENUAS SAGA illerQs VALHEIM THE LAST OF US PARTI @PainkillerQ8 HELLBLADE N SENUAS SAGA HORIZON FORBIDDEN WESTA iller08 The CRUSH HOUSE THE LAST OF US PARTI @PainkillerQ8 HORIZON FORBIDDEN WEST HELLBLADE N illerQs SENUAS SAGA BUGSNAX THE LAST OF US PARTI PainkillerQ8 HORIZON FORBIDDEN WESTN HELLBLADE IN SENUAS SAGA llerQs THE LAST OF US PARTI

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External References

[1] X – PainkillerQ8

[2] X – SFBTom

[3] X – The_Gutter_

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Beetlebro
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There's barely that much of a jump in Graphics within the past 2 or 3 gens. It's not that amazing now and I'm over it. Plus, photo realistic graphics tend to age poorly compared to stylized visuals on top of being more expensive and time consuming to produce. Of course, the AAA model is unsustainable in the long term and will collapse while AA and Indies will keep doing fine with smaller budgets and development times.
The most interesting thing is that Graphics was more of a hype for me back in the 90s and 00s because I could see the actual leaps and bounds of visuals on top of the gameplay innovation that came with them. Videogames used to be more experimental back in those days, but now AAA don't want to take such risks and would just make another hero shooter live service via a game that took nearly an entire console gen to make because of all the frivolous little details they need to add in. I miss 1998 and 2004 when I get wowed by banger after banger, but now I'd just feel lucky enough with maybe just 3 interesting games a year.

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