Away From Reality

February 15, 2013

AFR #221 – Mad Panda

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — tabulacandida @ 11:01 AM

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I get what Blizzard was going for this expansion, but it’s really hard to have a philosophical meditation on the tragic consequences of war and aggression in a game that is entirely based around killing things and taking their stuff.  They did their best to make us feel awful in Jade Forest, with everything from the Shado-Pan showing up to ninja-scold us for releasing the Sha, to Lorewalker Cho’s after school special about how Violence is Not the Answer, to Yu’lon being not angry with us after the destruction of the jade statue, just very very disappointed.  After going through all of that, it’s a little shocking to move on into later zones and have Pandaren tell you: “See those guys over there?  Yeah, go punch them in the face until they pop open like pinatas.”


  1. Not to mention: Vermin, Hozen, Saurok, and sometimes Jinyu. Actually, the only two sentient species they are on relatively peaceful terms with seems to be the Cloud Serpents and the Grummel. They have enough enemies to make a third playable faction! I’m guessing it’s all that beer. Yeah, they must just be very violent drunks.

    Comment by Robert — February 15, 2013 @ 11:35 PM

    • Sure, they may look warm and cuddly, but don’t get between a Pandaren and his keg.

      Comment by wowafr — February 18, 2013 @ 1:22 PM

  2. Even better in the Vale when you rescue the Golden Lotus defenders from torture. “Kill them all without mercy after what they did!”

    Comment by SneaksyRanger — February 17, 2013 @ 4:51 PM

    • It’s amazing they aren’t popping out sha as they run away.

      Comment by wowafr — February 18, 2013 @ 1:23 PM

  3. yeah, Vermin, I hate those guys 😀

    Comment by Jere — February 18, 2013 @ 9:43 AM

    • Hear hear, especially on my farm! Why can’t I ever just have a row of runty vegetables? Pulling those up is actually fun.

      Comment by wowafr — February 18, 2013 @ 1:24 PM

  4. I guess I’ve too easily fallen back into the “get a quest, go kill whatever, get some stuff, turn it in for other stuff” mode, because somehow this hadn’t occurred to me. To be fair, though, some of the farming dailies (e.g. “Stealing is bad…Re-stealing is OK”) are possible to do without killing, especially if you’ve got some kind of stealth and a quick trigger finger over your mount.

    I think the initial part of the expansion is mostly “taking your stupid fight elsewhere and dragging other races into it is BAD” (colonialism, etc.)…. I just went back to Kun-Lai Summit for some reason, and seeing the local Pandaren walking around in Alliance tabards still irritates me. And the later stuff isn’t really that surprising when you consider the history behind how the Sha were formed and got buried (still a great psych analogy, in my opinion). And that, mostly, the Pandaren are defending themselves rather than being the aggressors. At least, from what I’ve seen (still in the steppes)….

    Comment by ButMadNNW — August 13, 2013 @ 2:21 AM

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