It appears that graphics aren't so much the issue now as the demographic they seem to appeal. i mean take Haze, pretty average graphics but still aims for the shooter demographic and manages. Then take Mario Galaxy, really impressive galaxy that some crowds avoid thinking its "too kiddy"
In response to the lovely Nom! thread. I'd like to begin the Shoop da Woop thread. I know you're reading this Jarz =_=
post any shoop da woops you have, or a picture you think should be shoop da woop-ed!
i think there are too many new companies. They release possibly one new hit title and then get absorbed.
Take doublefine for example. Psychonauts was amazing, now after years they're finally working on a new game (brutal)... no not paws of fury (that was fun game XD)