Mind Blown: Video Games Graphics Evolution In The Last 30 Years

The evolution of video game graphics in the last 30 years.

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100-Dragon’s Lair (1983)

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For some, Dragon’s Lair was the epitome of coin-op goodness. For others, it was their first adventure game. However, it was also one of the best looking games of its time. Why? Because it introduced animated characters and backgrounds, with gameplay playing out like a cartoon. Now, with cel-shading, the technique appears amateurish and tedious, but for its time, it was revolutionary.

Say what you will about gameplay and fun factor determining a game’s worth, but where would it be without graphics? Graphics to draw a player in, graphics to create a realistic environment, graphics to properly interpret the story at hand – even functional graphics so we can just enjoy the damn game.

Take a look at the evolution of graphics in the past 30 years gaming, where we start from the best looking games of 1983 till reaching the most visually, awe-inspiring title of 2013.  Along with exploring games that had a high amount of visual fidelity, we also looked at titles that did something never seen before with their graphics, elevating gaming as an art form higher and paving the way for more innovations.

Do you agree with our list? Do you have anything else to add? Let us know in the comments section below.

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  • Annony345

    Clearly a list designed by a fan of 1st person shooter games. Have you played nothing else in the last 30 years?

  • ramiro

    THE LAST OF US, thats its a REAL game

  • Didi Chung

    Where is Battlefield 4?

  • XBOX+PS Both Suck Balls

    Where’s Crysis 2. You’ve obviously been around long enough to know all these games, then you should know that Crysis 2 was a huge leap forward in graphical quality upon release. Crysis 3 is all the more sexy, but Crysis 2 deserves a place on this list. And Goldeneye too for N64. Any of the Bioshocks especially Infinite, Borderlands. Rage. Dead Space, Forza, Dirt, Grid. Fallout 3 or Vegas. Mass Effect. Tomb Raider 2013. Stalker Call of Pripyat. I suppose you could say Arma as well, I don’t really like the way it looks but some people consider it to be very realistic. There are a lot, the list would have to be extended I guess to make room for them all. I would say Battlefield 4 is just as good If not better than Crysis 3.

  • Ultix

    Halo 4 doesn’t have ambient occlusion or global illumination

    Does this guy even know what he is talking about?

    & MGS4 looking better than Crysis? need a new pair of glasses

  • devender

    the last of is best game of 2013 according to me.

    But skyrim was most addictive game till yet.

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