How many games with gorgeous graphics have tried to cruise by on that alone and simply floundered in this past generation? Yet an 8 bit side scroller can be released in 2012,and if engaging enough,receive critical acclaim. Obviously this is an issue one has to take a balanced middle stance on. A terrible game with gorgeous graphics is a waste not only of my time and money,but also of that of the studio. However a great game can be reduced to mediocrity if its graphics are horrid and ugly,or if they're simple for any reason other than a careful design choice. While I personally lean more toward simplicity, there must be a balance. Bleeding edge graphics do not make a bad game great,and woeful graphics can definitely knock one down several pegs.