Might as well go and remove the game qualifier from that statement, and its still true.
Even as someone who isn't particularly interested in game dev, this series is fascinating and I eagerly await more.
Unfortunately, as developers, we're always at odds with the reverse tendency, expressed by Zawinski's Law: "Every program attempts to expand until it can read mail. Those programs which cannot so expand are replaced by ones which can."
I would argue, the bright color palette served the visual design of the warcraft games very well --all the way up to the mega-blockbuster, World of Warcraft.
If you look at the big LAN party conventions, or LAN parties in general, they're always hosted with the lights off.
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