This is a copy paste from my reddit post: Original here
Recently I have decided to get back into playing Guild Wars 2 after playing some World of Warcraft. While the gameplay and a lot of quality of life in Guild Wars 2 is so much better than it is in WoW, there is one thing that I have always disliked and is now preventing my partner from playing and enjoying the game with me: the skill effects. I think the images linked here will be a good description in and of themselves but the problem is that even with player count set to lowest, effect LOD on and post processing low, events where more than 5 or so people are involved become an absolute mess of flashy effects.
This overload of visual effects is making it very hard to see what is going on, and causes unnecessary eye-strain. As I said earlier, my partner has had to quit after doing Palawadan with me due to actual nausea.
PLease take a look at the linked pictures and tell me what you think. Keep in mind:
This is on LOWEST visible character limit.
This is with LOWEST character quality
This is with effect Limitation of Detail ON
This is with postprocessing on LOW.
EDIT: I have copypasted this to general discussion where I meant to post this, this particular post can be removed