Hehe yep theres a very interesting discussion following the article, including a mention of Dwarf Fortress that might interest someone I must play DF...
Neat "notgame" ! Thanks for sharingIf you follow the link in one comment to the "loneliness" game (excuse me "notgame") here you can see how fancy your graphics have to be to evoke a memorable experience. Wow.
EDIT: Also, if you look up Scott McCloud's work on Understanding Comics, he has some stuff about how simple comics give people more scope for imagination than detailed illustrations that specify, thus constrain, what they can imagine. So there is an argument that less is more in terms of building imaginary worlds.