The 'stretching' effect when you enter or leave warp is there in STO when you go to warp, but its easiest to see if you're flying a ship like the Galaxy or a Sovereign due to the mass of the ship. It's harder to see with the smaller ships.
everything blinking that is not part of my ship should be able to shut off. that includes almost all Abilities.
I want my Ship, Shields and Weaponsfire, silly blinking stuff is not Star Trek...
not a bad idea, I would love to get rid of all those ability icons and flashy things that appear on my ship and other peoples ships when using abilities. It should also work for ground combat too if they did it.
Exactly. IMO, it's pretty valuable to know when someone pops AP:A/AP:O, FBP, RSP, Aceton Field, etc.
With all that crazy blinking going on i mostly cant tell what someone does anyway.
Also there are those small icons on the HUD, make them a little bigger and a little more varied in Colours (i only see tiny blue icons and would have to mouse over to actually see what it is, so improve the HUD and remove the annoyance factor of the silly blinking skills. (there are some visuals that are realy REALY annoying, and some who are less annoying, just scale it down a notch).
Also if i show someone the game on my screen while i am playing it just looks silly to them with all the blinking going on... it just does not look cool anymore.