I'm thinking "very". But what is the truth in terms of indie game sales? Almost every gamer I come across tells me they don't play games that don't have good graphics. Stuff like having crappy shadows, or poor texturing makes them not play a game pretty quickly. But is that really true? those same gamers might then go and play Dwarf Fortress if enough of their friends tell them to. And of course a lot of them jumped onto the minecraft bandwagon (although not many stayed with it). Again my instinct here is to think that graphics are important in that they need to be stylish and polished rather than "high tech". So something like geometry wars or darwinia is acceptable to them because they are a distinct style. But something like say Mount & Blade is harder for them because it's more "realistic" and yet does look quite dated. And then, I see the mount and blade is still super popular with it's playerbase. Has an active modding community etc. So maybe graphics aren't quite the turnoff that people suggest? What do you guys think the truth is?