The deciding factor in the success or failure of a videogame? It's not how good it looks, or even how great the gameplay is, say scientists - it's whether or not other people can afford to join in.
According to a study carried out by Russell Beale and Matthew Bond of the University of Birmingham in the UK, gamers value social aspects of gaming and pricing over storytelling and graphics. The two analyzed game reviews to find what mattered most in determining "good gaming," and found that the cost of the game, and whether or not the game offers chances for others to become involved in the experience outweighed bad storytelling or poor graphics.
Plot and graphics not paramount in videogame success [New Scientist]