If a game/movie/book is not realistic. it is trash.
"Realistic" does NOT mean that it adheres to the rules of this world. It means that the rules of the game/movie/book world are internally consistant and make sense. "Realism" does not mean "reality". It simply means that simple suspension of disbelief is enough -- you don't need to draw and quarter it as well.
So, for instance, Tomas Hardy's novels are completly placed in reality, yet are not very realistic since they depend upon coincidence after coincidence to support the plot. Lord of the Rings is totally realistic, since all the details are worked out so there are no obviouse inconsistancies within the framework of that world.
Learn to distinguish "realism" from "reality" and your critical appraisment of games/movies/books will be vastly improved.
Posted on Nov 17, 2001, 8:18 PM from IP address 184.108.40.206