Most Important thing in a game?

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Posted by The_Last_Ride (76371 posts) 4 years, 1 month ago

Poll: Most Important thing in a game? (130 votes)

Gameplay 78%
Graphics 13%
Story 37%
Characters 20%
World Design 20%
Level Design 19%

What do you think are the most important components in a game?

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#151 Posted by Lulu_Lulu (19564 posts) -


Not really...... there are already people who name these things...... the problem is as you would expect...... nobody cares.

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#152 Posted by WannabeSbb (71 posts) -

@Lulu_Lulu: I can't say I much care either. Cutscenes are hardly something irritating enough to shit your pants over. Get over it. Sit back and relax for a minute while the video plays.

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#153 Posted by Lulu_Lulu (19564 posts) -


I have movies for that......

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#154 Posted by WannabeSbb (71 posts) -

@Lulu_Lulu: Jesus, man.

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#155 Posted by GameviceJunkie (25 posts) -



3.World Design

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#156 Edited by mastermetal777 (3228 posts) -

@wannabesbb: I warned ya. He's too stubborn to accept anything that doesn't equal pressing buttons all the time.

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#157 Posted by Skelly34 (2353 posts) -

If you care primarily about story and characterization read a book. You will never find a story in a video game that can compare to actual literature.

If you're going to put a story in a video game you might as go all the way and just make it a visual/interactive novel.

1. Gameplay

2. World design

3. Level design

4. Graphics

5. Characters

6. Story

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#158 Edited by Lulu_Lulu (19564 posts) -


What is it ?

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#159 Posted by WannabeSbb (71 posts) -

@skelly34: I don't see why a game could never be comparable to literature.

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#160 Posted by Lulu_Lulu (19564 posts) -


Same reason Food can't be compared to Civil Engineering...... because its apples and oranges.

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#161 Posted by Lulu_Lulu (19564 posts) -


Kinect doesn't have buttons..... I accept that.

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#162 Posted by WannabeSbb (71 posts) -

@Lulu_Lulu: How is gaming and literature a matter of apples and oranges when film has come to be taken just as seriously as literature?

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#163 Posted by WannabeSbb (71 posts) -

@mastermetal777: You weren't wrong.

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#164 Posted by Lulu_Lulu (19564 posts) -


Take them as seriously as you want........ but when it comes to comparing them then its apples and oranges.

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#165 Posted by Stereodant (32 posts) -

For me, I'd say atmosphere and presentation can be a deciding factor on whether I play a game or not. I might not even be able to get into amazing gameplay if those two are subpar.

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#166 Posted by WannabeSbb (71 posts) -

@Lulu_Lulu: Book and film are?

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#167 Posted by Lulu_Lulu (19564 posts) -


Are what ?

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#168 Posted by Starshine_M2A2 (5173 posts) -

I play games for the story and artistic experience so I'm going to say level and world design. But as long as it has a good story, those aren't essentials either.

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#169 Posted by mastermetal777 (3228 posts) -

Something to consider:

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#170 Edited by Lulu_Lulu (19564 posts) -


going into SW you wouldn't know it.

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#171 Posted by Alexander2cents (211 posts) -

Having your game work.

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#172 Edited by Celldrax (15053 posts) -

None of those options.

It might seem a little simplistic to some. But the most important thing in a game is that it's actually _______________________________fun.

Everything else merely serves to enhance the overall level of enjoyment in various ways.

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#173 Posted by TheDarkWolf86 (584 posts) -
@hrt_rulz01 said:

@wiouds said:

@hrt_rulz01 said:

All of those things are important to make a game that is truly great.

I agree the whole is greater than that sum of its parts but that does not mean they are all weighted the same.

Well I'm not sure if it's the most important thing to me, but all of my favourite games have a great story & characters. So those are definitely important. World design would also be right up there.

I couldn't agree more!

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#174 Posted by Ovirew (8851 posts) -

Gameplay, but I feel like world and level design are also important - actually I think they should be one singular option.

At the end of the day, what matters is that the game is fun. If you enjoy the game, I think that's a pretty big determining factor in whether or not gaming is worth it. But really all of those things factor into making a fun game.

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#175 Posted by cheapcsgoaccoun (1 posts) -

most important in game is game play in my opinion.

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#176 Posted by robert_sparkes (2906 posts) -

For me its pacing a lot of games I seem to play have been terribly paced and it's a chore to finish.

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#177 Posted by Archangel3371 (27551 posts) -

Don’t bump old threads.

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#178 Posted by DaVillain- (35989 posts) -
@davillain- said:


3 years later: Gameplay is still the most important thing in a game.

It's always nice seeing your post over the years despite this is a necro thread.

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#179 Edited by Blazepanzer24 (146 posts) -

I guess for me it'd be single player, then playability (Little to no bugs and not excessively complicated,) followed by game-play, level design, and story. While I do play a lot of War Thunder, I almost exclusively play single player the rest of the time.

Character design differs on weather I'm creating my on or if I'm forced to use one protagonist (IE fallout 4 vs Just cause 3). If I'm forced to use one pre-selected character then it'd better be well written but if it's a custom character, then I'm more forgiving so long as I'm given plenty of choices in designing said character. Say a game like Sunset Overdrive which had a fairly excellent custom character creation kit in comparison to the one in Sword Art Online Lost Song which was so lackluster you'd have been better off to just give the player the ability to reskin the cannon character's hair, eyes, and clothes.

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#180 Posted by Ready4Run (62 posts) -

For me :1 Story and Atmosphere 2 Gameplay 3 Characters

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#181 Edited by Yams1980 (3420 posts) -

gameplay is most important followed by graphics. the rest is a bonus.

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#182 Posted by ScuffedNinja (5 posts) -

Depends if we're talking singleplayer or multiplayer, single --> story/immersion, multi --> gameplay

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#183 Posted by gulpaloyn (7 posts) -


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#184 Posted by Buldruil (5 posts) -

I prefer a good immersion: for that a game does not necessarily need good graphics, but a great level design and logical game mechanics.

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#185 Posted by Wazzupguys (8 posts) -


though Story, Level Design and Controls are also important.

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#186 Posted by techblogger911 (39 posts) -

For me the gameplay and graphics are somewhat really important. I know that to a lot of peeps Graphics aren't as important as they should be but still.

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#187 Posted by Sarahrosario (43 posts) -

After game play, story is the second most aspect while playing game. Like I was playing Far Cry 5, the graphics were awesome but story was just average or similar to Far Cry 3

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#188 Posted by Radiant (3 posts) -

for me, PvP balance is

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#190 Posted by melton13 (3 posts) -

It depends person to person….

Some think Game is all about graphics and in-game physics….

(Ex. Witcher 3)

some think game is all about the story of particular character….

(walking dead or any taletell game)

Some think game is not about about physics or story it all about fuN for example cs 1.6 , payday 2

I think the most important Thing about gaming is perfect combination of all of the above :D

Personally I like to play strategy games with touch of multiplayer gaming….

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#191 Posted by GettingonwithGamingLife (221 posts) -

Gameplay. Then it has to be the story and characters, good character development has always drawn me into things, but it might also be the graphics being only 15 and coming from the new gen, stuff like Horizon Zero Dawn and Uncharted 4, Oh boy.

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#192 Posted by Nakayuma (7 posts) -

Gameplay for sure

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#193 Posted by mariokarthero97 (11 posts) -

Gameplay of course. You can have a fantastic open world and all that, but you need the gameplay to back it up.

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#195 Posted by GamingExpert02 (19 posts) -

Gameplay Mechanics number 1 then storyline and visuals

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#196 Posted by Byshop (19551 posts) -
@cheapcsgoaccoun said:

most important in game is game play in my opinion.

Please don't bump old threads.