It's a brucie bonus double post today! Why? Well I've seen a lot of different opinions regarding the introduction of Pandaren into WoW as a new (non-playable!) race so I've decided that it's time we hash this out right now - cos I'm dynamic like that. Up on the Runzwithfire Facebook Page I decided to post the following discussion and I'm interested to see what you guys think (links to my facebook on the right hand side and the discussion links below).
"So people seem to be largely split on the idea of Pandaren in WoW. Some people seem to be outraged that what started as a joke race in Warcraft 3 is now becoming a fully fledged race as if WoW itself is succumbing to its own parodies and that this is the beginning of the end. One of my arena mates has already decided that this will be their last expansion for WoW.
But haven't we heard that before? The beginning of the end; didn't we hear that with Wrath? What about when Cataclysm hit? How many numerous features were rumoured to herald the end of of Azeroth (not to mention the number of other games that were meant to do the same)? But the truth is WoW is still here and still stronger now than during any other time in the last three expansions.
And let's face it, although I was sceptical at first WoW has seen many new races added since Vanilla. Surely Worgens were a much more outrageous addition than Pandaren ever will be? Still not convinced? What about the alien space goats that actually had to be retconned into the lore? Aren't they now one of the most popular alliances races? Hell at least Pandaren have been in the lore since way back in Warcraft 3 and therefore make much more sense than worgen and draenei combined?
I spoke on the vlog before when MoP was first trademarked that I didn't think it would be a bad thing to include Pandaren provided they were taken seriously, and looking at this very early start Blizzard has made I think they are doing just that. So after all the werewolves, space goats, native american talking cows, walrus people (I mean come on, walrus people?) and numerous other races added, is the addition of Pandaren as a race (EDIT: Whoops, they're definitely a player race; not sure how I feel about that) really such a deal breaker when you look at it logically?
What do you guys think? Is there something else you would have rather seen?"
So join the discussion at http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=184867094865807&topic=332 and let me know what you think!
I'll have more musings on Mists of Pandaria (MoP) soon!