This game is notorious for particles effect. Now before you all say "EFFECT LOD CAN HELP" NO it cannot help. This game over the years have added Auras, now floating balls, flashy skill effects. It's borderline impossible to play now, all the players are just looking at the numbers and not characters. Please let us completely shut down all other player effects. I know Anet sells cooosmetics and you want others to see that, and get mentally manipulated, and cave in, and and spend money, but nope this is actually discouraging, and this information is pretty much known to all gamers today so that marketing tactic will not work any more.
In terms of usability this game is at very low score of 40 I would say, in metas the eyes burn after sometime due to all these bright effects. Let us turn off all player effects including skills, auras and their names. Even in Party let us turn off names as everything is an AOE in this game. every Major MMOs today allow this, even FFXIV allows this considering the it's made by a team that plays extremely safe.
Please let us have this option, the game is just painful to play with all the silly looking effects going about. it' ridiculous, rather than looking at character one has to look at the damage number to see if they are in position.
Let us have this option in next update, it's high time the game pushed usability features. It's extremely irritating to play and in game you play that's the use of the product. usability should not be a part of just UI but the entire experience.
Thanks, btw ice brood saga is awesome (ending with a positive note is not a trick to get features implemented, its a genuine +ve feedback)