To be honest, even when playing a game like Ragnarok Online, or World of Warcraft, (games where characters more closely resemble cartoon characters, if only for their proportions) it never once occurred to me to refer to my character(s) as a toon until I first encountered the term playing WoW.
Having a head as large as your body, ears that stick out nearly a foot, a tail, cat ears or green skin qualifies as cartoonish to me. It's animated, it isn't based in reality and it has obnoxiously adorable characters. What else would it be compared to?
I just tested my earlier theory in an above post. It will probably take some time for my niece to forgive me and I feel bad, but I had her and
her mother thinking that there was a new Pixar film coming out that they hadn't heard of just by showing them screenshots of XIV. Case closed.
nothing in Eorzea resembles what one traditionally thinks of as a cartoon.
Green skinned goblins, elves, short, large headed people, beast-person hybrids, etc. have long been a part of fantasy canon. In fact, thousands of years before the advent of the cartoon.
I wouldn't argue that to a layman, there is little distinction.
I was simply stating that, even when playing a game with significantly more cartoon-esque aesthetic qualities, it never occurred to me to refer to a character as a toon, as toon evokes the image of a classic piece of 2D animation at the best, and any of the various characters from Toonville in Who Framed Roger Rabbit at worst. Edited, Sep 11th 2011 1:29pm by RamseySylph