Thanks to Boomtown.net for their article discussing the importance of higher-quality graphics in making good games
. While the article comes to fairly mundane conclusions: ("..it's not just the graphics that are important... if there isn't good game design present, there isn't a good game"
), it makes some good points about better graphical technology affecting gameplay ("With Alone in the Dark, 3D was used for an entirely different purpose. A fully polygon rendered environment allowed the developers to move the point of view around, to view the same scene from many different angles, resulting in some memorably shocking moments."
) There's also links back to the first article in this series, discussing how bad level design affects gameplay