Your project--nay, your magnum opus--has finally been completed. It's a perfect gem of a game, one you know will resonate with the masses, sell hundreds of thousands of copies, and inspire children to follow their dreams, collapsed economy be damned. But something's off. Something's missing... Aha! You've got it. All your game needs is a splash of bloom. But be careful, eager beaver--overuse of the effect can sour the experience.
Using bloom effects is a great way to translate the way we perceive lighting in the real world to the digital realm. It even makes characters and environmental textures seem more vibrant, imbuing otherwise dull visuals with a saintly, wondrous glow. But as the old adage goes, too much of a good thing will make you vomit repeatedly before going blind forever. Let the following images serve as a cautionary tale for what happens when bloom effects are abused. Warning: We recommend you equip some sunglasses before proceeding.