Prince of Eckmühl
IIRC, the Talonsoft WW2 Campaign tactical games had units with bases, but they were round and weren't those awful day-glow things. Including something like that wouldn't hurt the game, visually, but it wouldn't much help it either, other than making it somewhat easier to locate stuff in the woods, in the absence of "floating-coins," that is.
In reading through the thread, I keep thinking that something is going unarticulated, a prejudice against overhead markers because they are used in a lot of RT-games, Theatre of War, for instance. In the case of ToW and the others, I don't see the markers as having been adopted because they are fundamental to RT-play, but, rather, because they are more easily discerned by players than any sort of base graphic. They are an innovation. IMO, it'd be short-sighted for players to reject graphically updated markers because they are native to a genre of games that so many wargamers dislike.
As for the ongoing references to the use of bases in WW2 miniatures, I want to echo a previous poster's comments indicating that vehicles are universally deployed to tabletop battlefields sans stand. I've spent a lot of time gaming with GHQ micro-armour, and I've NEVER seen a vehicle with a base, not one. So, I'd suggest at this point that the use of stands for such vehicles is almost exclusively a technique associated with computer gaming.
Yes, it's necessary to include some sort of aid to help players locate units around the computer battlefield. Older games include bases, I'd suggest, because the graphical options available to designers in olden-times were less sophisticated than those at hand today. It's also sort of obvious that a designer who wanted to do a "unit-marker-on-the-cheap," would likely go with bases. But is that a legitimate reason for potential buyers to demand them? For me, the answer is an emphatic no. Resources are scarce, and I believe that the developer would be unwise to focus the few at hand on a second, in-game tool for locating units during play.
PoE (aka ivanmoe)
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