Lazy candidates for best game with worst graphics would be some “proper” roguelikes: Nethack, Angband, ADOM, etc etc. One could argue that the ascii grid of characters gave exactly as much info to the player as was needed (which is true), but nobody is going to argue that the presentation is GoodTM
Worst game with the best graphics feels a lot easier to pick, it is just whatever has come out in the last 6 months and seems entirely boring. Probably some flavour of Call of Duty or the like.
For the “gritty of games” I wasn’t thinking about a game character at all, but rather a Games Personality. Probably rather far from accurate, but Cliffy B came to mind. People project an aura of coolness and whatnot on to him, but really he’s still just a corporate millionaire, right? That kinda tracks with the whole Gritty thing of people projecting whatever they want on to that character.
(I rather dislike that I even know what the hell a Gritty is)
I have a question for Alex @Jaffe ! What would your ultimate “dream team” combo of writer, artist, inker, colourer be, if it hasn’t already happened? (if it did, who/what was it and which publication?)