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'Critical Path' documentary's debut episode discusses graphics

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The gaming documentary Critical Path premiered this week, and its first episode features a cast full of gaming luminaries discussing the evolution of graphical fidelity in video games.

Renowned developers such as Nolan Bushnell, John Carmack, Will Wright and Jordan Mechner discuss the ways in which improvements in visuals don't necessarily mean games are better now than they were decades ago. Some developments, such as the rise of the first-person perspective, made a meaningful difference in game design. But some of the individuals in the documentary argue that the push for photorealistic graphics can sometimes shift the focus away from gameplay mechanics themselves.

Critical Path, which was announced in July 2012, is a project of the Los Angeles-based production company Artifact. You can check out more from the transmedia project on its website.