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7-15-2007 @ 11:01AM
Like #1 said, I find it very interesting that the WC world takes the staple races of fantasy and gives them all their own unique twists (for the most part). There aren't really any EVIL races, just evil characters.The orcs, traditionally an evil race, were actually a peaceful race before their corruption, and seeing how they deal with the aftermath of that corruption is one of my favorite elements of WC.The tauren, who are obviously minotaur, are the most purely GOOD race in the game, which goes strongly against the archetype. Even the trolls, who are also typically evil throughout not just fantasy but also numerous Scandinavian legends, have some good-leaning tribes.Warcraft's use of Humans too is somewhat different from what is traditional. They're portrayed as overzealous and somewhat xenophobic...which may be true in real life, but most fantasy doesn't want to admit that.And then there's the Draenei. They're basically demons who never turned to evil. I don't think I've seen a similar race in any other fantasy worlds.Warcraft is also somewhat unique in mixing some sci-fi elements into its fantasy universe. Many of its creatures and races come from other planets. Goblins and Gnomes build amazingly complex devices...and Gnomes even have COMPUTERS.All of this is what sets it apart from other fantasy. I'm not saying that Warcraft is the only fantasy that doesn this stuff, but it certainly doesn't follow tradition in most situations, which is what makes it so interesting.
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