12+ Features That Would Take Realism In Gaming To The Next Level

Diply 5 Oct 2018

Spider-Man on PS4 is being praised for its high-res graphics and realistic portrayal of NYC, and *Red Dead Redemption 2* is receiving a lot of buzz around its detailed horse testicle physics. So, this got me thinking about video games these days — is there room for even more realistic features?

How far are we willing to take realism in video games? Do we really want to stress the reality in virtual reality? I say, sure! Why not?

The following is a list of suggestions for details in video games that would make them insanely and inanely realistic.

1. A passive-aggressive roommate. 

Reddit | Jiminycricketmuncher

Now that's reality. We're living a busy life saving the galaxy, tending to our farms, or being the next FIFA world champion — we don't have time for dishes, Mark! You could just ask and maybe we'll do them on the next load screen or something.

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2. Getting your password wrong, changing it, and then it says "you can't use your old password." 

Know Your Meme | Know Your Meme

More and more games have phones and laptops as a part of their gameplay these days, but I've never seen a hero struggle with the reality of remembering passwords.

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3. Having to do laundry. 

Reddit | 70PercentAir

The new Red Dead game is getting there with having to bathe/shave your character — but something we all deal with is laundry. Haven't done it in a week? Well, good luck on your quest, stinky!

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4. Allergies.

Reddit | Jimbobwei

Whether it's food/animal-related or just seasonal hay fever, allergies are a detrimental reality for a lot of us. It's like nature has turned up the difficulty on life for the people who deal with them, so let's go ultra-Legendary mode in a game and have Master Chief sneezing into his helmet for a level or two.

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5. Getting something stuck in your eye.

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Quality graphics are great and all, but is that really how the world works? No, schmutz is bound to land in those peepers at some time, and then you're forced to do the eyeball shuffle.

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6. Calculating a tip by yourself, without the % function. 

Me.me | Me.me

Lots of games have food for health and restaurants to visit — but never have the stakes been higher than when you've got to do quick math! Sure, it's not fun, but neither is real life.

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7. Seeing your ex in public.

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"Sorry, Mario, but your princess is in another castle...Oh, but Daisy is here, remember her?""Mamma Mia!""Mario, how...how've you been?""Let's...uh, go."

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8. That one friend who won't shut up about Downton Abbey. 

Instagram | @kevinsights

We all have that one friend, but I've never seen a video game protagonist have to deal with this. Look, I get that the costumes are great and the story is intriguing if you "give it a chance," but I'm just not interested, Emily, OKAY?!

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9. General laziness. 

Me.me | Me.me

I know saving the world is important and all, but even the best of us "can't even" at times. So, what about giving your character a day to themselves to just, you know, relax.

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10. Running out of toilet paper in a public stall.

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Talk about high-stakes action! A simple button comboor even a quick-time event could be set up to waddle your butt in shame back to your desk in the office on the eighth floor... What? That's not about me.

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11. Your parents' disappointment. 

Reddit | TEENRAPTOR

"I know this is Tony Hawk Pro Skater 27, honey, but do you really think being a skateboarder is a viable career path? I'm just worried about your future — you could be a doctor, or a lawyer, or..."

"No, mom! I'm gonna be a Tony Hawk professional skater!"

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12. Getting a USB plugged in on the third try. 

Imgur | CaptainBabyFaceBeard

Watch Dogs was a pretty big deal when it was released back in 2014, but it had a pretty low critical reception. What would have saved this concept is realism! Even the most adept hacker has fumbled with a USB before, don't lie.

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13. Aggravating tech issues in general.

Reddit | wycost

It doesn't have to be a tech-centered game like Watch Dogs because technology is all around us these days. Crazy Fishing here seems to have the right idea, but a 404 error or spinning circle of death in any sci-fi or modern setting would be more than reasonable.

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14. Pick a wedgie. 

Twitter | @Crillyboy

So you're telling me Spider-Man can swing and flip all around the city and not once does his suit get stuck in his butt? Trust me, Marvel heroes get wedgies.

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15. Realistic reactions to your ridiculous self.

Reddit | pkbronsonb

Let's be honest, most heroes in games stick out like a clown in a nunnery. You can go around jumping on people, or running circles around them, etc., and they'll just smile at you. Like, dude! I'm wearing a suit made of friggin' dragon bones, can you give me a little something?

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16. Texts from your mom.

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Nothing's going to shake up your game and cause split-second thinking like a text from your mother. Do you stop the boss battle and respond? Or face the even more terrifying consequence of reading through her passive-aggressive follow-up?

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