Graphically, what do the following games have in common:
- World of Warcraft
- Gears of War
- Grand Theft Auto
They're all modern franchises, but graphically they are very distinct from one another. There is no theme I could assemble that would remind you of all of them. What's more there is no theme I could extract from these games that would represent
The 8 bit PC area was probably before your time (by the time I was born the 8 Bit Atari was past its prime), but its legacy in graphics was seen in video games well into the 90s and 32 bit processors. As this was the period in which video games (and computing) was starting to become main stream; people associate these graphics with video game. No one looks at an 8 bit heart and thinks:
Even more important, 8 bit graphics screams
Video Games to the people who play video games. When we're looking at
branding and what that means for the site as a whole; we have to look at how to identify ourselves as a gaming site. What an identifiable graphical theme which screams video games to gamers? 8 bit.
Now Jin did a very good job with that theme, but if you have some specific suggestions (ie. I think the heart should be half full, because that would look more like
love), that's useful feed back. Or if you have some other theme you really think screams gaming (pictures would help here), then that would be helpful. But to say that the look isn't modern is kind of a null op. So what? It needs to look like video games and it does that well.