Apr 29th 2008 8:35AM Because WoW was so wildly popular, I had actually stubbornly resisted playing it for its first year...and when my friend finally did get me to start playing, I initlally pretty disdainful of the game's cartoony style. (I admit that I can be a difficult sort of gamer at times.) I stuck with it, though, mostly for the sake of my friend who loved grouping up with me.
However, for all that, the game managed to really grow on me. It has a way of doing that. :) I now feel the game's popularity is truly well deserved, and I think that the "hand-painted" graphics style is really lovely and quite proper for the virtual Warcraft world. Funny how things change!