RPGpundit has an interesting post on his blog talking about how the dungeonpunk art style in WOTC D&D products misses the boat. While many “old school” gamers don’t like this style, this is often put aside as generational differences. RPGpundit points out that it is also ignoring where the main interest in fantasy is in the film and book market today:
Is it not the height of retarded that, given the massive success of traditional fantasy in recent years (LoTR, the upcoming hobbit movie, narnia, all the blockbuster fantasy movies, not ONE of which has featured dungeonpunk or WoW-esque styles), the people at Wizards would be doing everything they possibly can to try to make D&D as un-mainstream-fantasy as possible?
No matter which side of the WOTC art debate you are on, RPGpundit’s post is interesting reading.