Guild War's Canthan New Year's celebration

Many MMOs celebrated Chinese New Year this year, and Guild Wars was no exception with its Canthan New Year's event, covered here. Reader Shawn W. took a few great photos of the festival area, available in greater resolution here, here, and here.

This shows how just a little extra ornamentation can do wonders to spruce up a piece of well-trod ground. In fact, is there any reason why developers couldn't do something like this on a regular basis? Maybe create texture maps for environmental damage? Display the detritus of a particularly apocalyptic party thrown the night before? If game makers really want to sell the idea of their worlds as living environments, some way to show actual change needs to be developed.

[Thanks, Shawn!]
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