a lot of times people design ships without critical reasoning and basic understanding of physics, hence wings and rudders on capital ships in the vaccum of space.
infinity and homeworld are two games which have largely eschewed this stupid and cliche design trope for more functional looking ships, and they look better for it.
another thing that annoys me is perfect symmetry on capital ships. on something that large with consideration for space utilization? and a lot of times, there’s so many pointless projections and panels that look like the ship was designed by a 10 year old. on large ships you need greebling, not huge slaps jutting out everywhere. i mean this is fucking garbage: