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3-12-2008 @ 3:23PM
I didn't mind the little tangent into the Sci-Fi genre that TBC brought to the game. After all, the techno-geeky stuff was centered around an entirely different planet. Dev's for Blizzard, which also produce Starcraft, were probably sitting around one day tossing around "what-if's" in a board room when deciding where they wanted to take the game next and someone said, "What if we kinda mix in a little Starcraft in Warcraft? What if an alien race crash landed on a fairly midieval society? What would they bring to the table? And what if there was an ability to teleport back to their home planet? What kind of weapons would they have? What kind of races would they be?" I think it is a great use of imagination, the kind that gives Warcraft a little more character. If it weren't for these little tangents WoW would be just another vanilla fantasy game with no personality of it's own. I don't see how this screws with lore, it just adds to it. OK, I agree that some of the armor and weapons are patently silly, but the devs did have to give the "same ol' same ol" an alien look and feel. After all, the word "fantasy" implies that there is a broad range of imaginative license given to the story developers. Just because LoTR was a fine set of books doesn't mean that every fantasy story to follow had to fit within it's cookie cutter construction. Terry Brooks has flying boats in more recent additions to the Shanara series, and even tied them with his Knight of the Word series. Robert Jordon, author of The Wheel of Time (may he rest in peace,) was adding colleges with inventors, who although human, wheren't much different than the engineers in WoW, yet had knights and witches and warlocks and demons, etc. That is the great thing about fantasy, is that you can mix it up to give it new flavor.I expect WotLK will fit into everyones idea of what they usually associate with Fantasy because everything will be on or from the home planet. It won't feel very alien. Yea, echo-spheres feel out of place, because DUH they are from another planet. They're supposed to. Although they fit in perfectly in Outland.Visually, I just don't know how they will top Outland though. How do you top Blades Edge or a giant mushroom forrest? Not to mention floating islands.
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