Article: The Necessary Graphics of WoW
Read Ratboy's article on "The Necessary Graphics of WoW": here.
Here's a quick snippet:
Let me paint a picture for you Youve leveled all the way to 60 and are now in Molten Core fighting the big boys of WoW. Your raid has reached the third boss (Gehennas) who begins spamming an AoE attack. The game chokes. Next frame your Raid Assist is showing a quarter of the party dead, the next frame shows half, and then finally its a wipe. I bet youre really wishing you could turn off all those fancy spell animations now!
The above is meant to pose a question; do the players need the incredible graphics that World of Warcraft provides, or should there just be an off switch to all the special effects, spells, and abilities that the game offers?