Most Important Element In A Video game [Pick 3]

STORY
28%
40
ART
10%
14
MUSIC
7%
10
MECHANICS
34%
49
LEVEL DESIGN
21%
30
 
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Poll: Most Important Element In A Video Game [Pick 3]

Feb 12, '16, 6:12pm

For me personally the most import aspect I look for in a potential game purchase is a deep story with well written characters and a beautiful art style. This isn't to say Mechanics and music don't matter to me, just that it wouldn't bother me if they were simplistic. But this isn't just about me. How do you guys feel, which 3 of these elements do you value most in a game?Please vote and reply with your reasoning! And if you think there's a crucial element I've missed that doesn't fit under any of the five given please reply below :)
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Feb 12, '16, 6:18pm

I only selected 2. Mechanics and level design. They are the only things in this list that are necessary to make a video game. Games were made for years that had crude art, simple sound effects, and minimal story (if any at all). Hell, some games barely had level design, they could just be a static screen with sprites moving around it.

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Most Important Element In A Video game [Pick 3]

Feb 12, '16, 6:32pm

GregB wrote:I only selected 2. Mechanics and level design. They are the only things in this list that are necessary to make a video game. Games were made for years that had crude art, simple sound effects, and minimal story (if any at all). Hell, some games barely had level design, they could just be a static screen with sprites moving around it.


see these are the kind of replies.... that I was hoping for :) . I think there are individuals like yourself who only require an action and an environment in which to perform that action to be completely satisfied with that product. Then there are others who can only feel engaged if their actions have a less quantifiable meaning behind them. And your absolutely 100% correct that not every one of those elements are necessary in order to make a good game or just a game in general... but at the same time , and this isn't me trying to put words in your mouth, it's not wrong for anyone individual to want more than "what is necessary"

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Feb 12, '16, 6:45pm

Definitely. There are plenty of examples of great games that are elevated because of Art, Story, and Music. Story has emerged as one of the best elements in some of my favourite games of this gen and last gen. Everybody's Gone to the Rapture was one of my top games of last year based solely on story. Valiant Hearts is a much better game due to it's amazing musical score. The interactive art of Tearaway is absolutely vital to that game. I just think too many people enjoyed video games long before examples like that started to pop up to not give the basics of mechanics and design the greater importance.

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Re: Poll: Most Important Element In A Video Game [Pick 3]

Feb 12, '16, 9:25pm

Man this is a tough one. When I'm looking at a game prior to release, I often look to see how it plays and the kind of story that will be featured in it. The level design also plays a big factor too. After giving it some thought, the story probably takes the backseat to level design and mechanics. Those two things can make or break a game, which is an idea that has already been said in this thread. The story is important though. If I'm going to be spending a lot of time with a game, I am going to want something to keep my going, like an enticing story for example.

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Re: Poll: Most Important Element In A Video Game [Pick 3]

Feb 13, '16, 4:12am

This really can't be answered simply, as it really depends on the game. Think of games like video game characters - they specialise in one or two fields at most, and have others as secondary.

Call of Duty doesn't need story, art or music really - it focuses on level design and mechanics. Mario is the same. Suikoden on the other hand, doesn't need level design, or even mechanics too much - it needs story, art and music.

I don't think any one feature trumps the others - but it's important that each game knows its foundations and focuses on them.
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Re: Poll: Most Important Element In A Video Game [Pick 3]

Feb 13, '16, 8:31am

Depends on the game.

Story driven Action Adventure games: Story, Mechanics to keep the game fresh and level design.

Side-scrollers: Mechanics, level design and art.

and each type will have its unique things, but mostly I think of Story, Mechanics and level design. Story will give me a reason to keep playing, Mechanics will make the experience smooth and level design will keep the game interesting and not get boring and similar. But of course art and music will work with that as well, but these are the three I would choose over the others.
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Re: Poll: Most Important Element In A Video Game [Pick 3]

Feb 13, '16, 8:34am

Personal preference: mechanics and level design. If the game isn't enjoyable for me to play that will completely overshadow the story being told. Having mechanics that work well together and level design that compliments the mechanics goes a long way toward making games fun for me.

Because I was asked to pick a third I chose art as my final pick. It's not really as important as the other two when it comes to me playing a game, but art direction is usually what will originally catch my eye and make me look into a game.
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Re: Poll: Most Important Element In A Video Game [Pick 3]

Feb 13, '16, 9:24am

Wow nobody has chosen music at all, including myself. Maybe I should change that to "sound". I still wouldn't have picked it but still kind of surprising. Although to be perfectly honest I end to only think about how good a soundtrack is once I'm not actually playing it.

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Re: Poll: Most Important Element In A Video Game [Pick 3]

Feb 13, '16, 9:36am

PrinceofTheUniverse wrote:Wow nobody has chosen music at all, including myself. Maybe I should change that to "sound". I still wouldn't have picked it but still kind of surprising. Although to be perfectly honest I end to only think about how good a soundtrack is once I'm not actually playing it.


Because by itself, it's not that vital to be chosen, unless it's a rhythm game then Music and mechanics will work together.
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Re: Poll: Most Important Element In A Video Game [Pick 3]

Feb 13, '16, 3:39pm

I picked mechanics because gameplay is king as it is said, I thus only voted one time. I think art and music create an aesthetic to the game which is far more important than music or art in a game, but not as important as gameplay mechanics.

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Re: Poll: Most Important Element In A Video Game [Pick 3]

Feb 13, '16, 3:44pm

Story and mechanics are the main two. Without either a good story or good mechanics the others don't really matter to me. I went level design for the third because I generally only care about art and music if it stands out as being particularly great or horrible.
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Re: Poll: Most Important Element In A Video Game [Pick 3]

Feb 14, '16, 3:28am

Story and mechanics are the obvious choice for 1&2, but tmy 3rd choice is Art , most times i make my opinion on games based on the 1st screen shot or the 1st trailer and divs need to show what makes there game special with the art design.
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Feb 14, '16, 1:14pm

  1. Mechanics
  2. Music
  3. Story

Mechanics being the most important is a general rule of thumb that most games follow. However there are great examples of games like Gone Home and Life Is Strange that buck that trend (In those cases Story, Music and Mechanics would be the proper order). Music clearly follows Mechanics in terms of importance in my opinion. Music can make or break any moment in a video game regardless of it's genre. The storyline could have been excellent, the graphics could be perfect, but if the music is off it ruins the whole thing. This is why Tekken Tag Tournament for instance stands from other fighting games to me because of it's superb soundtrack. Story follows Music in importance but with a huge caveat. Many genres like fighting games, platforms, puzzle games don't need stories at all (In those cases Mechanics, Music, Level Design would be the proper order). Story is very important for narrative driving games however.
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Re: Poll: Most Important Element In A Video Game [Pick 3]

Feb 14, '16, 1:44pm

I went with story, mechanics and level design.
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Re: Poll: Most Important Element In A Video Game [Pick 3]

Feb 15, '16, 9:56am

I went for...

Art
Mechanics
Level Design

I'm getting tired of games designed round terrible pedestrian stories. Wish that they would start with the game first, at least that way I get a good game out of it. Recently, western AAA games make the mechanics largely ignorable on anything but hard+, overpower the player way too much round about half way through and run out of options for game mechanics before the end due to the way Story Arcs work.

Its nice having a good story, but I want a good game first. So I think the art style is much more important than story.
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Re: Poll: Most Important Element In A Video Game [Pick 3]

Feb 15, '16, 9:58am

Story, mechanics, and level design for me. I can live without amazing music and art I would miss more than music, but not a deal breaker.
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Re: Poll: Most Important Element In A Video Game [Pick 3]

Feb 15, '16, 5:00pm

story, mechanics and level design.
great music and awesome art without solid gameplay and/or a good story are almost useless in my opinion.
on the other hand, I can totally live with bad soundtrack and ok graphics if the gameplay and the story are good.
wouldn't hurt to have all of them though lol
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Re: Poll: Most Important Element In A Video Game [Pick 3]

Feb 16, '16, 7:10am

Honestly, it changes based on the game. With a game like The Last of Us, story, mechanics and level design are the most important. If that was just a third-person Left 4 Dead game, I would not have cared about it in the slightest. At the same time, if I'm playing a Mario game story doesn't even factor into the equation and I would say mechanics, level design and art. As much as I love strong narratives in games, this is the only medium where I can thoroughly enjoy something without any kind of substantial story. Games like Resogun or Mario are fantastic for very different reasons than games like Life is Strange or Gone Home, but both are enjoyable and achieve what they set out to achieve.

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Re: Poll: Most Important Element In A Video Game [Pick 3]

Feb 16, '16, 10:02am

Very cool poll.

I picked story, art and music
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