10/26/2011 04:21 AMPosted by LaiderThey are fat; they walk funny; etc
Wait, are we talking about Pandas or Blizzcon attendees?
10/26/2011 04:09 AMPosted by LakhesísI think there are some rather unfair stereotypes being thrown out that simply because some of us intensely dislike a panda race and are vocal in our dissatisfaction that we must have some sort of emotional issues and/or not be looking at the whole picture.
10/26/2011 12:21 AMPosted by Tralanaits all going to be wonder, sunshine, and unicorns pooping rainbows?
no... it's gonna be glitter, sunshine, and bunny rabbits eating rainbows and pooping hearts and butterflies.
This is something I want to touch on a bit more. People seem to think that Pandaren were a joke, a throw away easter egg that we never fully intended as a playable race.
It would simply be inaccurate to state that Pandaren were a throw away. Our intent, going back to Warcraft III, when the vast majority of the world lore and story was established for the franchise, was always to have a deep and rich history for a race known as the Pandaren.
Bashiok, the Draenei are in a precarious situation much like the Pandaren. The only trouble is that the Draenei (being double exiles of worlds) did not host alot of rich history.
What worries me is that the Pandaren will further push the noble Draenei from the spotlight, being that we too are spiritual, peaceful, and generous.
I hope we are not viewed as the Pandaren stand-ins from early BC. *Sadness*
10/26/2011 04:09 AMPosted by LakhesísIt doesn't matter if the WoW design team is exceptional enough that they could write a compelling backstory for a levitating, telepathic race of green penguins - it doesn't mean they should.
My first reaction was "man this is stupid, I'm out".
Then I remembered a few things.
1: I love ancient Chinese culture.
2: I love Pokemon.
3: Kung Fu Panda 1 and 2 were both great movies.
Now I can't wait for MoP.
10/26/2011 12:50 AMPosted by BocephussPandaren idea is cool..I just wish that there were NPCs or some kind of mention in the game..I don't recall a single quest or NPC mentioning anything about them, now all of a sudden theres a whole expansion having to do with them. I think thats why everyone thinks its a joke. It just came outta nowhere and shocked us.
I would like to know more about why you find them inappropriate. You mentioned they are "cute and cuddly" as well as alluding to them as 'primary protagonists whose initial reaction is to provoke laughter.'
The cute and cuddly bit, honestly, is one I can't field. A bear is a bear. Yeah, they can do cute things but they are still bears. Claws, teeth, etc.
It can be great when a story challenges your initial expectations, but to me Pandas as a primary protagonist in a combat scenario is so absurdist that it's extremely difficult to take seriously. To quote/paraphrase past blue posts on unrelated issues: "this is world of warcraft" - and the last place a Panda derived creature should ever be is in a war-zone.
I was one that used to hate seeing all the joke-panda stuff, because I felt they could be an awesome addition to a fictional world that already had animated animal-people in it. It just was little change from a Tauren, and later the Worgen.
I'm completely excited, and the stuff I saw at Blizzcon has only fueled it.
10/26/2011 06:14 AMPosted by WinbackThis is called the death of a MMORPG. I know WoW is a first for 90% of you ... but this is what it looks like.
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