No, graphics aren't always distracting. I'd rather play BF2 with BF2 graphics than with Super Mario graphics, and with BF2 sound rather than Super Mario sound. However, I've played both Doom 3 and BF2 with EAX on and all it seems to do, at least in my opinion, is produce echoes. In BF2 it does almost nothing. The only time I remember actually hearing EAX is when I was in this 3-walled building in Wake Island and I heard some echoing when someone fired a gun. It's not about distractions, it's about a crappy implementation of an already crappy technology. Anyone remember playing BF2142 on snow maps (like Shuhia Taiba) with advanced lighting effects on? One word: GLARE. I assume it was using either Bloom or HDR, which is great, but poorly implemented in BF2142 on the snow maps.