I am more attached to net and meat damage being distinct thematically than I am them being mechanically distinct.
Interestingly, a few really bad mechanical offenders are also really bad thematic offenders. I’m thinking specifically here of Builder of Nations (what, is the Weyland corporation coming to my house and punching me mid-run?) and Breached Dome (I run archives and I… am now on Mars?)
Flare mechanically should probably be net damage but Flare doing meat damage is one of the most thematically beautiful instances of typing in the game. In fact, the ice tells a really beautiful story, and the mechanical disconnect helps. Because when you first look at it you think “oh, that’s weird, shouldn’t this do net damage?” Then you realize your computer exploded and you are on fire.