I like how in the first part of the article, she blames Varian Wrynn for taking our spot as the "Hero" then in the next part beneath it, says Varian Wrynn WASN'T the problem, and then goes on to talk about how the horde didn't experience this problem because they didn't have an Onyxia questline.
There are moments when I can commend Joystiq, and then there are moments when I can't help but put my face to my palm.
The background of the article is also riddled with insults to the alliance players.
Alliance lore and the Alliance storyline in general have both been subjects of contention since some point early in Cataclysm, and the complaints don't seem to be getting any quieter.
First line of the article, and she makes it sound like we're whiny brats who don't know what we're talking about.
And it is incredibly difficult to understand just what all the fuss is about. There isn't a tangible moment that one can point to, there isn't a cohesive example of what has been happening.
Lies in the second paragraph, first line. We have all seen glaring examples of what is wrong with the Alliance. Many are still on this front page.
There's just a sense of unhappiness that is, to Alliance players, absolutely real.
We're totally faking it you guys, we're complaining just to complain.
On the other hand, the Alliance of today was not formed out of any response to any dire threat. The assorted races of the Alliance simply banded together because they had already been working together to begin with
We were already a well established group from the first alliance, but we stayed together becuase of dire threats - Namely, the scourge still roamed the land - and the Legion roamed the stars. Maybe we didn't know about the Legion in its entirety till The Burning Crusade, but it was still enough to stay close friends with our comrades in arms.
The only reason we didn't partner up with the Horde is from bad blood from the first and second wars, right? That and later the whole Daelin Proudmoore incident. The orcs killing elves for lumber certainly also didn't help the issue at hand.
The assault that caused the death of Cenarius was made by an orc who succumbed to bloodlust, and then sought out and killed the source of that bloodlust, leaving the orcish race to live their lives in relative peace and quiet -- which was what Thrall wanted.
Does this writer have her head in her !@#? Thrall settled in Durotar to make his people pay for their past transgressions, not live in relative peace and quiet. One does not atone for thier sins so heavy in peace and quiet, that goes double for the orcs of the horde.
In Cataclysm, the Alliance spent the majority of the expansion getting smacked around by the Horde, who had a new and far more bloodthirsty leader in Garrosh Hellscream. For Horde players, this was interesting because it introduced a new dynamic.
Show of horde hands, how many of you actually liked Garrosh or the direction he was taking the horde in? I legitimately want to know without causing a $%^-storm here.
Instead, the story focused largely on Thrall, a character that Alliance players viewed as a Horde character, regardless of the fact that he'd stepped down.
Even after stepping down:
1. Recruited the Goblins to the Horde
2. Continues to wield the symbols of former Horde prowess (Doomhammer, Horde inscripted totems)
3. Goes out of his way for the Horde, allows the Alliance to fend for itself.
that's where the biggest issue comes into play -- reactive vs. proactive storytelling.
Is this being written by a bipolar person? I could have sworn earlier she said something along the lines of no tangible moments or exactly what all the fuss is about.
Also to the writer(s) of this article:
You have successfully weeded your way into Part 1 of the Issue of the Alliance Storyline.
since Varian's return, Alliance players have been relegated, willingly or no, to more of a spectator role -- and it's a role they're incredibly unhappy with.
Blames Varian for our unhappiness, when it was mentioned earlier that he wasn't the problem as opposed that he actually was the problem.
WHICH IS IT!?!?
In closing, No Gandred, we were not represented well in this article. From all outsiders looking in, this was written by someone with a more jaded and biased opinion of Alliance vs. Horde.
I read the very last paragraph and now feel I must read the whole thing