Video traces 13 years of real-time graphics improvements

Thursday, 7th February 2013 06:05 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Some clever clog has edited together a whopping two hours of footage from tech demos and benchmarking videos to give an overview of PC graphics from 2000 to 2013.

Creator PerfectHand doesn’t have any ATI or AMD videos in there, unfortunately, as he uses an Nvidia rig, but some third-party efforts means it’s not a one-brand love-in. Presented in chronological order, the video ought to spark a few memories, and even some of the early ones still look impressive.

I have not watched the video myself as two hours represents an amount of time nobody at VG247 is possessed of in business hours (you’re welcome, by the way) but second-hand reports and scene skipping suggest it does not suddenly and embarrassingly devolve into fetish porn or something part way through. At your own risk, though.




  1. TheWulf

    Thirteen years and they still can’t do a convincing fairy. I showed this to an artist friend of mine and she freaked out, but what was funny about it is that she freaked out more as it went along. It actually got progressively worse for her.

    The 2013 fairy had her tweaking out really bad about the hair, because hair doesn’t work that way at all (and she’s right), and the uncanny valley quality of it is just extreme. The best benchmarks seem to be the environment ones, but they were doing those just as well as Crysis as early as ’03. Check the turtle one out.

    Really, all this proves is that graphics hasn’t come nearly as far as we think. Progression between ’90 and ’99 was greater than progression between ’00 and ’09. And the last few years have left a lot to be desired. I dunno. It often seems like we’re going backwards insofar as imagination is concerned.

    (She’s still tweaking about it. “Would wind even affect hair that short so much? All they did was take the ’02 fairy and put her in a skimpy outfit, the animations and proportions are still just as bad. She’s not even doing anything. Where did her dress go? What the hell am I watching?! Is this a long-ass intro to some kind of fairy porno or what?”

    Seriously, I don’t blame her, to the contrary I’m in accordance.)

    #1 2 years ago
  2. fearmonkey

    I just got Witcher 2 on the Steam sale for pc (previously had it for 360) and it’s the first game I have played that actually makes my new system chug a bit at 2560×1440. The cutscenes and gameplay at that high resolution with all graphic options maxed is pretty amazing, They should have included some of it in that video.

    Also that video didnt include some demos that they should have, the Nvidia Toy story like graphic demo “Supersonic Sled” should have been in there.

    @the wulf – Nivida’s demos always have alot of that skimpy dressed female action going on, they rarely make a demo anymore that just wows like they used to. Ati/AMD actually makes the better demos it seems.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Kalain

    Well, in all honesty, I think the person who made the video didn’t really pick the best video/tech demo’s/games to display from the relevant era’s after 2006. There are plenty of fantastic looking tech demo’s out there that are far better than nvidia’s.

    @fearmonkey – I agree that the should’ve used the Witcher 2 and the Sled demo, as they are both, fantastic to look at.

    #3 2 years ago

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