Bart Robson reports:
''As the gaming industry matures, so do the games we play. Recently, we've had an upturn of games that are... less than happy. In fact, some of them are downright maudlin. Most of these games have used a muted color palette, relying on subtle shades of color rather than a full-blown rainbow. Being the ever-perceptive and ever-accepting community that we are, it's become the in thing to bash any game that doesn't look like it came out of Willy Wonka's magical gumdrop machine. The thing is, games aren't losing their color; we're at a stage where developers are trying something different. Unlike the movie industry, video games don't have a century under their belt, so when a trend emerges it's a lot more obvious.''