I understand that people may not be crazy about XML and it was used, overused and abused to no end for many, many years. But, I personally find it a very useful format for encoding basic data that doesn't need to be in binary and is never really intended to be sent over a network. Effectively I use it to define animation states and object properties in games. I also use it to great effect for localization strings.
I find JSON problematic for these cases and frankly, YAML isn't as easy to put together particularly when you have a number of sub objects (not as intuitive, but that could simply be because it hasn't been in as great a use as XML).
S-expressions are just as powerful, yet more terse. Naughty Dog uses them in the Uncharted Engine for similar things.