Much has been said recently of how different lighting looks for folks running with all of their graphics settings enabled. It’s true; I’ve pushed mine up to see what things look like, and lighting that looks warm and comfortable at lower graphics settings looks garishly bright at the higher settings.
This poses what I see as a dilemma.
Those of us who need to run at lower graphics settings, because our machines and/or graphics cards can’t handle the demands of the higher ones, enjoy atmospheric lighting as much as anyone else. We simply need more of it in order to effectively light a space. Our only other alternatives are to walk around in the dark or change our sunlight settings, which detracts from the “feel” of a place.
Unfortunately, this means that those who are making the best of their graphics cards will be assaulted by the massive number of lights that the rest of us require.
The only option I can propose is that those with higher graphics settings kick them down at times in order to let the rest of us enjoy the atmosphere as well. This seems to be a much more feasible alternative than for the rest of us to upgrade our machines and graphics cards, which can be prohibitively expensive for some.
I just wanted to raise this for discussion after realizing that in order to make the Gangplank tolerable at higher graphics settings (under which I had fewer than 10 fps), I would have to walk around in the dark using my typical settings.
Thoughts? Ideas? Flames? ;-)