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What is the purpose of motion blur in video games? Turn it off.

#1MrMonkhousePosted 7/23/2014 5:33:16 PM
The game looks much better without it... not sure why anyone would use it. Maybe if it were a special move like in Watch Dogs for example where you slow down the time then yeah you'd have no choice. But for gameplay.... turn it off.
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#2SpazH3dPosted 7/23/2014 5:38:15 PM
It's so you get distracted into thinking the game looks better than it does. Same with Depth of Field.
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#3NingishzidaPosted 7/23/2014 5:44:14 PM(edited)
Blame consoles, they throw on the blur in an unsuccessful attempt to disguise low framerates.

But admittedly, the lame trick is also used in non-console games, again, trying to disguise low fps. For example, the first thing I did in Crysis was append the +r_motionblur 0 switch to the short-cut. The people who say Crysis can be played at 30fps are just imperceptive dupes of the "passable fps that is the motion blur" fraud.
#4arleasPosted 7/23/2014 6:21:53 PM
It's for those people who think that 60fps looks like a soap opera and want that 24fps cinematic feel.
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#5PsythikPosted 7/23/2014 8:00:50 PM
It's used mainly to mask FPS drops. But if you're already getting a constant 60+ FPS there's not point in having it on.
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#6Lonestar2000Posted 7/23/2014 8:21:45 PM
Yeah, I always disable motion blur and depth of field. It sucks when games don't let you.
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#7ForeverZero2Posted 7/23/2014 8:40:49 PM
sometimes it's to give a fake sense of speed like you're moving faster than you really are, those are worst
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#8ghostemp77Posted 7/23/2014 8:41:38 PM
Motion blur should be outlawed for video games.
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#9JKatarnPosted 7/23/2014 8:48:26 PM
Devs started using it as a neat pixel shader effect, and then they figured out that it was a handy tool on consoles for making low FPS/stuttering less apparent, now it seems to be a common thing.
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#10_GRIM_FANDANGO_Posted 7/24/2014 5:16:33 AM
I think it is immersion that they are going for.

I agree that it often looks terrible. Also, it can really hinder performance in something like multiplayer. But there are some cases where I actually think it looks good. Some of the codemaster racing games have it if I am not mistaken, and it can look pretty neat. Though I still turn it off because it is a distraction kind of.
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