Originally Posted by slapshot
Well poor graphics do hurt a game if the game has competition, and most games today do.
What's the reasoning behind not having excellent graphics? None that really hold water. If you put out a game that has awesome game mechanics but poor graphics what does it really say about your product, you don't mind putting out a product that's less than it could be? In the end graphics are how you interpret the game world so they're very important.
Not really. The most popular game in the world right now - League of Legends - has some of the worst graphics of this generation.
I'd rather a developer focus on game play over graphics. Shipping out a game with good mechanics but poor graphics says how much the developer cares about the actual gameplay and longevity of the game, rather than the cosmetic novelty which will wear off after around 2 hours play time.