I may be settling comfortably into middle age, but I’ll freely admit that I’m very partial to bright colors and highly stylized designs for video games — especially in my MMORPGs. It’s why my eyes are drawn to titles like World of Warcraft, Glitch, and WildStar, even if the art in those games is more suited to Saturday morning cartoons than grown-up gritty settings.
On the other hand, I do play a whole lot of Lord of the Rings Online, and while there’s a style there, it skews more toward a realistic and naturalistic setting. I do feel more grown-uppy when I’m in that world, and as a consequence, I think I take the story more seriously. So maybe there’s something good on both sides of the fence here.
So let’s talk the psychology and personality of MMO graphics today. How grown-up — or not — do you like the look of your game, and why?