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Who Cares About 1080P & 60FPS? I Sure Don’t

Published August 10, 2014 by |
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Maybe it’s just me, but I find the ongoing obsession with discussing and dissecting every game apart to see if it holds up to the seemingly ‘holy grail’ metric of 1080p and 60 frames-per-second thoroughly dull.

The ‘attaining’ of these numbers are always being debated on forums, columns and news articles across the gaming web. Yes, obviously the strive to push the industry forward technologically is a wholly valid and worthwhile goal, but it’s also one that at times is downright boring.

Endless articles berating a game for not quite offering up a consistent 60 frames-per-second or not looking quite sharp enough are everywhere.

Sure, nobody wants their game to be unplayable, so a consistent experience is important. I like shiny HD high-res games as much as the next guy — but why has commenting on such trivial matters become so common?

Bungie’s Destiny won’t run at 60 frames.

Wii U hit Mario Kart 8 doesn’t reach 1080p and at times drops to, get this, 59 frames per second!

Options to toggle between 30 frames and 60 frames are now being added to games to please ‘purists’.

One unhappy Californian gamer is even going to the extreme measure of suing Sony due to “deceptive marketing” because PS4 launch title Killzone: Shadow Fall didn’t run at a native 1080p. Seriously.

But why do people care?

Maybe I’m wrong on this, but the amount of time and effort I see devoted to writing and discussing such topics seems absurd, mainly due to how frivolous it all seems.

As long as you’re having fun, that’s all that matters.

Remember playing Super Mario 64 on your old bulky CRT TV, how about Tetris on that DotMatrix screen? Pray tell for those back in the days of arcade Pong.

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I don’t know about you but I don’t really remember being too bummed out about the screen resolution when I had just nailed Toad with a banana in the standard definition days of Mario Kart 64.

Hey, some people even yearn for a return to those days (but that’s another matter).

Be clear here that my issue isn’t with the need for such tech (it’s needed), it’s just the pointless argument and comparison.

1080p? 60FPS? Here’s an idea — Try not to worry about it too much and just enjoy your games.