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August 9, 2013

AFR #252 – Racing for last

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I feel for Blizzard.  WoW’s fanbase really is unpleasable.  If you believe the internet (and why wouldn’t we?), Blizzard is both Horde-biased and Horde-hating simultaneously.

It’s been really interesting to see the discussion develop as we get closer to the Siege of Orgrimmar raid.  There are two distinct sides in the discussion who seem to keep completely missing each other’s point of view.

On one side, there are people of both factions who want to see their faction win and the other faction lose.  To these people, the Siege of Orgrimmar is a huge blow in favor of the Alliance, because it means Alliance players get to attack the Horde capital and take down the Horde leader.  From their public statements, it seems that Blizzard is very much with this camp.

On the other side, there are people who want to see their faction take charge of the story.  To these people, the Siege of Orgrimmar is a big win for the Horde and a let-down for the Alliance, because it’s a Horde-driven story in which the Alliance plays only a supporting role.  If the Alliance were not involved in the siege, it would make no difference to the story.

For my part, I have never found the Alliance-Horde rivalry interesting.  The more Blizzard keeps going back to that well, the less engaged I am in the story.

11 Comments »

  1. I mostly play Alliance but I started out on the Horde. I ignore the whole Horde vs Alliance gig unless someone from the Horde is in the Alliance starting areas messing with the NPCs to keep players from being able to level. I prefer to do what I do best, stab things in raids till they are dead! :)

    Comment by Paco — August 9, 2013 @ 11:36 AM

    • Can’t we all just get along? And stab things? And take their stuff? ;)

      Comment by wowafr — August 9, 2013 @ 1:14 PM

  2. I’m more in the ‘let’s see equal development time invested in both stories’ camp. I will confess up front I am an Alliance side player, but after things like copy/pasted quest text, the Twilight Highlands intro, and 5.3, you can’t exactly contend that Blizzard puts equal attention into both. However, there are small niceties that have happened. As per your own comic back in the Wrath quests, I can at least be glad we aren’t getting Alliance-only poop quests. We had like 3 of them in Wrath.

    Comment by SneaksyRanger — August 9, 2013 @ 12:59 PM

    • Yeah, share the poop!

      Actually, I’d rather there were no poop quests at all, but if they have to be there at least make them for everybody.

      Comment by wowafr — August 9, 2013 @ 1:11 PM

      • Well, we’ve had some progress on that. I can only recall one that was a Cloud Serpent daily. Aside from that, can’t think of one in Mists.

        Comment by SneaksyRanger — August 9, 2013 @ 2:49 PM

      • Actually there is the one you get at the Kota Base camp to mark the piles of poop so the Grummles can come along and collect the kafa beans from the poop, not as bad as having to pick through the piles though. :)

        Comment by Paco — August 10, 2013 @ 1:00 AM

  3. I do think the Horde players are getting screwed with regard to Garrosh, who is in complete 180 mode. This is, however, absolutely nothing in terms of the Alliance interests. Blizzard tried to do something to please those who felt the alliance was getting short changed (Who wouldn’t, given quest content, initial racial imbalanced in combat, multiple races without a home city (trolls are the closest Horde has), and the complete disregard for action of any sort other than reaction to the horde from the leaders.) The whole thing is a poorly designed attempt to placate people with very real complaints; one which only made both sides even more upset.

    Then again, I stopped playing for other reasons beyond what I felt was bad storytelling (since Cata at the least.) I stopped because I don’t want to support a company that treats players and fans like blizzard has (read twitter comments about how we can’t control our own playtime and such.) I still love the webcomics though!

    Sadly, the lack of understanding of the issues of the other side is all too common. We should be united in telling Blizzard to write something interesting that makes us feel like both sides are doing proactive things. This… merely made the Horde as reactive as the Alliance (which gained another stupidity point.)

    Comment by Robert — August 9, 2013 @ 2:41 PM

    • I’m sorry to hear you’ve been driven away from the game. I can understand where you’re coming from. I’m glad you’re sticking around for the comics, though– it’s great to have such a faithful audience!

      Comment by wowafr — August 12, 2013 @ 9:23 AM

      • Well, it’s easy to be faithful to the great comics (this and Tabula Candida among many others) that are so well done. I’m still waiting for the comic with Genn Greymane plotting to get revenge on the forsaken and then realizing that the Night Elves in Darnassus make some darn good wine! There’s got to be some explaination for the worgen doing practically nothing since the entire Gilneas incident!!! I think wine works as well as anything!

        Comment by Robert — August 13, 2013 @ 6:43 AM

  4. “Blizzard is both Horde-biased and Horde-hating simultaneously.”
    Well, obviously! They are so busy taking out their hate on the Horde they completely forget about the Alliance! ;)
    (Disclaimer: This does not reflect my real opinion, I don’t play Horde. There. I said it.)

    Comment by Serenais — August 12, 2013 @ 1:08 AM

    • He’ll be here all week, folks! Try the talbuk venison! :p

      Comment by wowafr — August 12, 2013 @ 9:20 AM


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