A little insight form a former concrete pourer:
1) Concrete of all kinds is "jointed" because it is expected, eventually, to crack. The "panels" you guys are talking about are standard for exposed aggregate concrete for repair/replace purposes, but also just because a solid slab without those joints would crack up in all kinds of unsightly places.
2) Stamped concrete is decoratively the most appealing. It can be stained in the mixing or finishing process, as well, to resemble natural stone. Stamped concrete is also more expensive than either exposed aggregate, finished concrete, or asphalt paving. As a little easter egg, unless the pattern is square, concrete is usually stamped with a honeycomb shaped rubber stamp. If you look closely, you can see where the pattern repeats on "natural looking" stamped slabs.
Personally, I can't stand asphalt. I hate how hot it is, how it smells in the heat, etc. It gives me a headache. When I think of KD, I think of the smell of asphalt...it's one of the reasons I avoid the place.
If anyone, for some strange reason, is interested in the process of pouring exposed concrete, just ask, and I'll explain it.