Why gameplay is more important that graphics on the indie scene

The world of gaming seems to have come full circle. In the beginning, it was nerds tucked away in their bedrooms for days on end as they worked on the latest codes to develop new and exciting games. The graphics were never great, but with each new breakthrough, the games got a little more complex and the gameplay that little bit more exciting. Then it was the big boys turn: with money to burn they took the gaming world by storm with graphics that would amaze us all. 


And here we are in 2021, and now everyone is a game developer again. Anyone can sit at home and develop a game. No, the graphics will never match that of the big names, but does that even matter? We’d suggest not. 


How indie titles compete


Let’s go back to 2010/2011. A time when the world was bowled over by the graphics coming out in the gaming world. These were the years of Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty: games that gave us graphics that made the experience of a game as close to real life as we had ever seen. It was also the year of Limbo.  

Limbo was an independent title from the studios at Playdead. Without the funds to create the latest graphics, these guys concentrated on the gameplay and they came up trumps. The game made the top 10 in the BAFTAs in 2011 alongside great games that we’ve already mentioned. Of course, the graphics in Limbo weren’t a match for Call of Duty, but the gameplay was another matter. As is often the case, what happens in the world of gaming is mirrored in the world of online slots. 


Simple slots


There are online slots out there that go to real efforts to wow players with their graphics. Once they’re lured in by the latest 3D offering, they realise that the game really isn’t all that. Then we have the likes of Jammin’ Jars, an online slot from Push Gaming released in 2018. 

Now don’t get us wrong, we’re not saying that Jammin’ Jars has bad graphics, what we are saying is that the graphics are simple. A colourful theme featuring classic symbols makes this a slot that is enjoyed around the world. Not because of its latest, state of the art graphics, but because the gameplay is something else. With Jammin’ Jars, just like its gaming counterpart Limbo, you can get lost in the moment and fully immerse yourself.  


Gameplay vs Graphics


The argument is one that is as old as time itself. Okay, that may be a slight exaggeration, but the truth is that ever since games began there has been those looking for the latest graphics and those seeking the best gameplay. So what really matters most? 

In the world of gaming, you may of the likes of Assassin’s Creed outselling Limbo, but who will around the longest? Assassin’s Creed was loved for its graphics and graphic quality will always be superseded. Limbo will remain, as it was always about the gameplay. Likewise, with slots, players may be pulled in by the latest 3D offerings such as Egg-O-Matic, but there is little doubt that it is the likes of Jammin’ Jars who will have the longevity.  

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