We see it again and again. People, who thinks the graphic style of Wildstar is childish, garbage and like wow, and thus think the game is for children, bad and a wow clone. The choice of graphics is fairly obvious, if you can see past WoW aversions and look at the game itself and what we have from Carbine so far about the game. Blizzard made the same decision years ago that Carbine studio made less years ago too. They wanted a game, that looks good in years to come. That is the link between the choice of graphic style, when comparing the two. It is a well known fact that stylized graphic age a lot better than the realistic style does. The graphic style is chosen for sustainability. In 10 year graphic realism games from this year will look aged and faded compared to Wildstar, because the realistic graphic style does not adapt well over time, while stylized graphics keep up appearance. The characters and npcs are also able to emote a wider range of moods using simple means without stumbling directly into the uncanny valley. Take into that it simply fits the mood of space cowboy humour Carbine seem to love (me and a lot of others too!) and strikes right in the heart of lovers of different types of entertainment, that has inspired Carbine. A good deal of us well above the age of some of the most adamant critics of using stylized graphics. Blizzard was just the first one with a real blockbuster stylized graphic hit - however, I doubt WoW would have survived with as many subs today, had they chosen a different graphic style.