There was a time, decades ago, when people didn’t really think about the way that their games looked. Graphically impressive games were praised, of course, but it was more about the playability rather than the aesthetics.
While this is still true to an extent today, it cannot be denied that the way that games look – especially those online – is vitally important to not only the enjoyment of the gamer but also the profitability of the game itself.
A Brief History
Though the popularity of online games has skyrocketed over the past few years thanks to increasing broadband speeds, they have in fact been around for much longer. The first online game can be traced back to the late 1970s, and there were also commercial offerings during the 1980s.
The massive uptake and availability of the internet in the 1990s meant that there was an explosion of titles during the decade – though artistically, the graphics were still fairly rudimentary compared to the beautiful landscapes and features that we see today.
Art Games Or Game Art?
There has also been some debate about the purpose of certain online games. It may seem like an obvious proposition that games are designed to be played, but there have been a growing number of artists who have used the medium to create art, with the game being the best way to portray that. Titles such as The Endless Forest can be considered as a piece of art in the first instance with the actual gaming element – if not an afterthought – of secondary importance.
This is not to say that these types of online games are not to be enjoyed in the same way as a game such as World of Warcraft. As good as the art is in these art games, people will still want a typical gaming experience.
The way that digital art has evolved in online games has only mirrored the leaps and bounds of the technology itself. What was acceptable in the 1990s looks dated now, and with the seemingly endless innovation surrounding digital art, the online games that are popular today contain art and graphics that would have seemed impossible just ten years ago.
This reflection of the technology available is only natural as gamers are used to seeing well-designed and graphically interesting art all around them and therefore expect to also see it when they play.
Gaming Still Matters
Even with the huge advances in graphics and design, the actual game-playing element is still the most important factor though. There may be a nostalgic love of retro-looking games, but the limited graphics and look of those kinds of titles are part of the enjoyment and appeal.
With online casino games, the customers are more interested in the functionality of the game as there is more importance based on what is going on and – and in very basic terms – the ability to win money. However, that is not to say that online casino sites don’t bother about the digital art in their titles.
Stakers has a number of interactive online games in its collection that look the part and are very adaptable. Sites like this offer a range of games, showcasing different levels of artistic detail and a variety of digital art forms.
With virtual reality and augmented reality taking over the online gaming world, it will be interesting to see how the graphically stunning artistic landscapes evolve. One aspect of virtual reality is that it makes you feel like you are in the game. Surely that means that if the game has a realistic modern setting, then the digital art used within that game would be – by its very nature – “normal”.
However, if you look at the types of online games that are popular at the moment, then it does still seem that the escapist, fantasy-style titles will be staying around for a little longer. This suggests that there will still be the scope for innovative art to be part of the online game experience.
The way that games look has never really been an afterthought – even in those early days. The designers were only hampered by the technology that they had at their disposal, not their imagination. With university courses dedicated solely to the digital art in video games, the one thing that we can be sure of is that the way that games look will only keep evolving to even greater heights.