The OP is right, whoever thought of this hideous information animation should be shoveling s##t for a living.
A ridiculous and unnecessary animation that completely removes the player from any sense of immersion and enforces the fact that you are looking at a game.
More good work Cryptic.....please allow use to turn it off.
What, all the various trays showing your stats don't tell you it's a game?
Expecting immersion from an MMO with UI covering a quarter/half the screen seems to be expecting too much, imo.
And the animation isn't THAT bad, seriously. I find it rather cute, the few times I notice it (I barely register it really)
Was named Trek17, but still an author.
Been playing STO since Open Beta, and have never regarded anything as worse than 'meh'. I have nothing against the game/devs, nor any particular wish to talk bad about either, or praise most decisions. Still, it's better to be positive than cynical.