You seem to not realize that in order for games to continuously keep "looking better", in turn, their development costs must continue to increase.
This isnt the first time you've confused hardware power with production values. I'd say it's a very safe bet to say that shadow complex costed less to make than Super Metroid.
Super Metroid has better production values, but shadow complex has better hardware power behind it. The same is true for Zelda Four Swords Adventures (gamecube) vs A Link to the Past.
A link to the Past cost more and has better production values, but Four Swords Adventures has more hardware Power. An example of a series that had an ever shrinking budget, and thus the production values went down with each release, despite having a better engine would be the SSX series. The games got more and more generic and streamlined due to lack of funds.
Another example would be the later Crash Bandicoot games, which while being technically superior, as far as hardware power, the art and gameplay weren't up to snuff because they weren't made by naughty dog.
You say for new hardware to exist and be utilized, they must have even higher production values, like a game like uncharted. I completely disagree. Look at games like Rayman Legends or Oil Rush, they dont have huge budgets, but they utilize new technology.
Mario is a great example. Super Mario Galaxy 2 is still cutting edge, but Nintendo never makes games with enormous budgets, and I doubt they are going to change the way they do things anytime soon.
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You are simply ready for even more impressive graphics I think.
Did you just call me a graphics whore? Im not playing battlefield 3, Rage, Far Cry 3, Crysis 2, etc. Last week I played Dawn of War ( a PC RTS circa 2004) and a ton of Dreamcast games. Im not desperate for new graphics. I dont even own a PS3, I play at my friend's house. The first console I ever played was an NES in 1993, and yet I own an Atari VCS, Colecovision, Intelevision, Sega Mark III, etc. I have an assortment of controllers and arcade sticks for my several famicoms. I frequent message boards primarily focused on old video game consoles. If anything I could be accused of being unhealthily stuck in the past. I dont want a new system simply because I have to have better graphics. I want a new hardware cycle because I am sick of this one, Im bored with it, and Im ready for things to be shaken up, for something new. Because consoles jumped from 480i to 720p this generation, that sucked up a lot of their power. Because of this they are neutered. The 360 only has 512mb of ram, the ps3 has 256mb + 256mb vram. Things could be a lot better, all games could be a solid 60fps, but right now most games are a shakey 30fps. No one seems to care either, which is distressing. Things could be much better.