One of the contemporary trends of the hobby I must confess to not liking a great deal is the rather "art heavy" nature of a lot of gamebooks, particularly full color art. Now, I agree that it's good to have artwork in a game book, especially when it illustrates something bizarre or unusual, like a monster or alien race. But I think the presence of so much art has created an expectation that RPG products must have a lot of art in them. Such an expectation would probably judge Traveller's original little black books as lacking, when I still regard them as possessing one of the most elegant graphic designs in the history of the hobby.
So, here's the question: what are your feelings about the increase in the illustrations per page we see in a lot of contemporary gamebooks? Do you like it? Do you view it as essential? And, most importantly from my perspective, has this increase affected your feelings about games and game products that don't include as much artwork as you might see in, say, a WotC or Paizo offering?