Your earliest memory saying, "games can't look better than this!"

TheMadTitan

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Oct 27, 2017
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Don't really think I had one. JRPGs had a shit ton of FMVs with 3D graphics, in-game in anything never matched those, so I was eagerly awaiting when gameplay looked just as good as those cutscenes.
 

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Avenger
Oct 25, 2017
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This screenshot (or one close to it) in Nintendo Power



People quibble today about varying degrees of photorealism, but this was truly mind-blowing coming from the NES. It looked like a goddamn painting.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Sonic 1 was the first time. Cart goes in, console turns on and then the best looking game I'd ever seen appeared on the screen within seconds.
Big jump from the Commodore C64 loading tapes.

After that, I spent time in arcades so home consoles never impressed me again. Until arcades died.
 

Cassidy

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Oct 28, 2017
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Dragons lair in 1984. Then PGR3 for Xbox 360. Saw the videos and my first experience of 1080p gaming. Mind blown.
 

JudgmentJay

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Nov 14, 2017
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Texas
When you get teleported to the dark world in A Link to the Past. The parallax when you're on top of the pyramid blew me away and I remember thinking that I was seeing the peak of video game graphics.
 

KayMote

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Nov 5, 2017
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I think it was for Tomb Raider III on the PC.

Especially the quality of the animations really impressed me. It even impressed my grandmother and because my grandfather was happy about my granny being impressed he even granted me 1 more hour in which I could play the game on his PC :D
 
Oct 27, 2017
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San Francisco, Ca
A very particular wall in the Runway level of Goldeneye 007. It had what appeared to be depth - think super early bump mapping - and I was just blown away. I remember showing the wall to people and saying "IT LOOKS LIKE A REAL WALL!".
 

Hopewell

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Jan 17, 2018
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I’ve never had one. But watching the trailers of Killzone 2 and Motorsport I thought it was good enough.
 

squidyj

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Oct 25, 2017
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I've never thought this. Things have looked great but I always thought they could be better.
 

tatwo

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Oct 27, 2017
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Finland
Nope. Never felt like that. That being said I would have been happy if all games were on par with MGS2 and 3.
 

Citan

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Oct 3, 2019
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Onimusha. The first PS2 game I played, the opening cutscenes blew my mind back then.
 

Cyanity

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Oct 25, 2017
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There was an MLB game that launched around the beginning of the PS2's life, and I remember booting it up with my family and thinking WOW, this looks SO GOOD, where are we gonna go from here??? Simpler times, man.
 

nikos

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Oct 27, 2017
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New York, NY
Not sure I've ever had that exact thought. I do remember seeing Battle Arena Toshinden running at the store, around the time the original PlayStation launched, and being blown away.
 

GrappleMania

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Oct 25, 2017
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For 3D: FFX
For 2D: Guilty Gear XX

After that I figured there was always a way to improve and that definitely seems to be the case.
 

Darth Smurf X

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Oct 25, 2017
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Sadly, it was this very moment:


I remember calling my mom into the room to show her how cool that looked and stately emphatically—something to the effect of—this was the pinnacle of gaming graphics.
 

Sartho

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Jan 9, 2018
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I've honestly never said that games can't look better. I've always compared how graphics look to real life and high budget movies. It may be unrealistic to think that way, but I have.
 

Man God

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Oct 25, 2017
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Super Mario Bros. Games still don't look any better. Going from black and white Asteroids to seeing my friend have SMB on a color tv was mind blowing.
 

Braag

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Nov 7, 2017
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TESIV Oblivion was the first time I thought "if all games looked this good and graphics never advanced past this I'd be fine". it was just super real looking back then which is now obviously super hilarious considering the potato faces and whatnot.
 

woopWOOP

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Oct 26, 2017
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Those PS1 final fantasy CGI cutscenes. Figured we'd have graphics like that for gameplay at some point after many decades and that life-like realistic graphics was something that wouldn't be achieved until after I died far in the future.
 

vortz

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Oct 29, 2017
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Soul Calibur - Dreamcast.

1998 and It still holds up TODAY.

Back in the day the 14yo me thought that was beyond crazy.
 

Tharp

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Oct 27, 2017
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For me it was Bioshock. I remember seeing screenshots of some neon sign in a Game Informer magazine and thought it was mind blowing and 100% lifelike.