The trend of increasing realism in video games is not a surprise. However, it is very cool to see how much progress has been made over the last few years. The above graphic comes from the preview of NBA 2K7, now one of the most realistic games available.
Implications - As technology continues to progress rapidly in all directions, the gaming industry is increasingly rising to meet consumer demand for games that blur the lines between the virtual world and the real one. Any company looking to stay competitive in this industry has to be working towards enhancing immersion and the graphic realism of their products, lest they be left behind in the dirt.