Why is "gaming" anything always so UGLY?

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  1. dontwalkhand macrumors 603

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    Why is everything related to "gaming" always so ugly and hideous? For example, take a look at how beautiful Apple products are, and then take a look at all the ugly gaudy lights that gaming PCs have, or even ridiculous products like gaming routers etc. They remind me of the modded Honda Civics in the 90s and early 2000s. They could tone down the RGB a little bit when you do want to buy anything gaming related. It is almost like because it is gaming related, all class and sophistication are just totally out the door.

    I am sorry, but I may be the unpopular opinion here, but lime green is ugly. Unnecessary RGB lighting is ugly. Plastic PC cases, are ugly. Macs are like Mercedes-Benz/Tesla/BMW, and gaming computers are 90's light up colorful Honda civics trying to race the Mercedes.

    It's. Just. So. Gaudy. I swear some of these gaming computers are so hideous, they're going to raise my VSP eye insurance premiums!
     
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  3. jagolden macrumors 6502a

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    It’s because of the immaturity level, be it physical or mental.
    They’re drawn to gaudy, colorful, shiny things like any child is.
    As you said, it’s the same thing as the tricked out little s***box cars.
     
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  5. a2jack macrumors regular

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    But, until Apple wakes up, those gaudy kid machines are running graphic circles around all our Mac's.
     
  6. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    You aren't part of the target demographic then if you have to make comments like this.

    You're the guy who shows up at a tuner car show with a stock Mercedes to tell everyone how stupid their tuners are and to get a real car. It's a culture and if you aren't in you don't get it.

    And you'd be offended in the same way as a PC person or Android user telling you how behind Apple was with the Mac or iPhone.
     
  7. TSE macrumors 68030

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    Gaming industrial design is pretty god damn ugly though, and makes no sense when it comes to function. LEDs everywhere. Oversized, ugly, ugly, UGLY logo. Terrible keyboard typefaces. Random vents with no function added in everywhere. Oversized "gamer" design motifs everywhere. Ridiculously oversized.

    Who the hell wants the word "PREDATOR" in big bold letters on their computer? Only conclusion I can come up with is: people that are still developing mentally. AKA kids.

    And before someone jumps on my back, I don't judge people who own these gaming computers - maybe it was the best dollar-per-performance the person could get. Maybe it was a hand-me-down. I don't know. But I do judge people who think that the whole "gaming" design is cool, unique, or well thought out.
     
  8. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    It's obvious that it sells.

    And I get why the manufacturers do it. It's all a statement. It's about power and strength and bold action, all the kinds of things gamers playing the latest action games are about.

    Am I interested in it? No. I don't care for it, it's not my cup of tea. But I understand it.

    There are plenty of options out there for non-gamers or casual gamers who want a more conservative or aesthetic design. When I was a PC guy, I built my own. Making my own choices allowed me to customize a PC to my own taste.

    You can get all the parts in those ugly gaming rigs and put them in a nice looking case - and get the same performance.

    Just like around here where we tell others that such and such an iPhone is a personal choice. So too are gaming rigs.
     
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  10. mw360 macrumors 65816

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    Have you ever played a game? Especially in the somewhat serious sci-fi genres? Everything, from weapons, to HUDs, to gloves, tyres, sunglasses, or belt buckles is ridiculously overdesigned. That’s just the aesthetic. Call it military-industrial style or whatever. The kids think it’s badass. It isn’t of course, when it’s made of 4 grams of plastic, but it’s only a bit of fun.
     
  11. rhett7660 macrumors G5

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    Hahahahaha... true story! Especially Fremont Street! :eek::eek::D
     
  12. TSE macrumors 68030

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    Of course it sells. I'm not saying it doesn't. It's great manufacturers make money from terrible industrial design, and people are happy buying terrible industrial design.

    I'm just as judgmental against people who gamble, and would rather spend their hard earned money handing it over to criminals because of flashy lights than have real experiences and take a vacation that will actually improve themselves, mentally, spritually, and emotionally.

    It has it's place in society. And I'm all accepting of that.
     
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    Huntn macrumors P6

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    At half the price, :oops: although the last graphic card is the most expensive card I have ever purchased at $500, and the original build was $1000, which out performs a Mac Pro, at least while gaming. :)

    --- Post Merged, Apr 21, 2019 ---
    Ok, seeing the guts of a computer can be cool if it is all neat and tidy, but when I recently replaced my motherboard from a 2013 build, I specifically avoided gaming motherboards because, besides not having a case with a built in window, I don’t want a motherboard all built up with extraneous bling. I want the beauty to be in it’s functionality! :)
     
  14. maxjohnson2 macrumors regular

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    I have this dilemma when trying to buy a gaming mouse. I ended up with one of the older Logitech model (G400s) while supply last. Once they're all gone I have to find a different manufacturer, though even that is not easy with all the unnecessary LEDs on all of them.
     
  15. mrex macrumors 68040

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    you just described apple watch - gaydy, colourful and unnesessary rgb colours all over the face at once - sold with a plastic band of course , even lime green plastic bands can be bought. was this the beautiful apple product you praised?
     
  16. Stephen.R macrumors 65816

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    Completely offtopic, but I once spent basically an entire week (I think we averaged ~15 hours a day) on-site for a client at a casino (the casino was the client). I've never been a fan of gambling, and after that I don't think I ever want to set foot in a casino again. If you think it's depressing thinking about those people, wait till you've heard from them personally about their motivations.
     
  17. TSE macrumors 68030

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    Exactly.

    I can see going to the casino with friends occasionally with like... $20 and just hitting some slots, eating some food, getting a drink, whatever... but people who specifically travel out to lose money... it's just sad. It's just one big farse exploiting human stupidity.

    I went to Vegas once with a girl. I was relunctant but she really wanted to go. Needless to say we were done in less than a month after that. Values didn't line up.

    There's an argument to be made that maybe when Apple first released the Apple watch and they had all those ridiculously overpriced models, they were trying to hard to be cool and it came off fake. But they quickly got rid of all the needlesse waste and really honed in on what people want with the device. It's actually a cool product now. Can't say the same for any strictly "gamer" device. About as far as I'd go is the industrial design of the Razer Blade 15 or Aero 15x - but that's mostly just a compromise because of the great performance in such a slim package.
     
  18. jagolden macrumors 6502a

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    Pointless comparison. No basis in fact. You must never have used or seen an Apple Wath.
    Regardless, the AP doesn’t look like a Star Tre Borg, while these gaming machines do.
    But I suspect these people will eventually mature, stop blowing their money, and venture out of their mommy’s homes and discover real life.
    Macs have never been known to be gaming machines. This may have to change for them. But if it does it will have some class to it.
     
  19. ActionableMango macrumors G3

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    What you are experiencing is called selection bias. By nature those who have a case designed to show off, are those coming to the forums to show off:

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    Nobody is going to bother to show the following off, but in my circle of friends and family, this Falcon NW gaming PC is much closer to what most gaming PCs look like in the real world:
    [​IMG]
     
  20. jagolden macrumors 6502a

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    The Falcon certainly looks more mysterious, with it’s power held in check, and advanced the the toy shown above it! Cool looking machine.
     

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