Thanks to all for the interesting replies
Fully agree with you mindflux that is mostly a semantic issue, but sometimes the name or the description is misleading and perpetuate this inaccurate preconception
More than the movie appearance I fear the main "culprit" is the vanilla appearance, who many associate with cold environments without understanding that the developer chose the vanilla palette to try to give to the game a grim and dramatic fantasy atmosphere, more than a realistic appearance.
Of course there's nothing wrong with liking this kind of atmosphere, but I don't like when is considered the "official realistic cold environment" and more balanced palettes are tagged as "less realistic" or even fantasy!
as long as people are happy with that they've created that's great.
Agree, the best things about modding is that we can make the game to look how we like, and this is always great.
The variety of presets available for ENB is more than welcome!
Also, it would seem like most ENB preset creators are not afraid to use color, which is just awesome.
They have all my respect!
realistic was or will be eventually be replaced by "photorealistic" which in my opinion is better but also wrong because the look changes dramatically between cameras so it's kinda all nonsense in the end.
True, you have absolutely a point here!
I also think that photorealism deserve its own definition in respect to "naked eye" realism, even if the difference is more subtle compared to cinematic or artistic filters (But if is difficult for skyrim player learning the difference from realistic and fantasy, try to explain the difference from realistic and photorealistic would be an herculean effort!
I really like some photo/lens filters, for example I love effects like chromatic aberration even if is not "naked eye" realistic.
For the "better sale pitch" I think you are right, nothing really serious and probably done in good faith due to the common misconception about realism.
I had lot of quarrel with users about this. Most people seems see no difference, it's like blind can't see and no matter how hard you try, can't explain how things looks like, obvious to one is strange and abnormal for another.
Agree, I think most of them are probably in good faith, but there's always someone that just keep defending his idea, even after seeing his argument is wrong, just not to admit his mistake.
Is a little sad when it happens. Except when are haters/trolls, in that case slapping a good comparison picture under their nose can be satisfactory