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1-18-2009 @ 3:56PM
I agree with the article, there are also too many ill-informed individuals out there who complain about the game's lore without actually understanding it.My only complaint against the game's lore is the polarisation of good V bad. It's too black and white, and the villains are becoming too stereotypical.Case in point: the Lich King. He's just another shout-y 'power is mine' villain now. As an enemy he was more intimidating as an emotionless figure, seated on a throne, able to cut down hundreds of soldiers without lifting a finger. That form of villain is far, far more poignant than a big warlord, who may as well be an ogre for all he manages to actually achieve in Wrath of the Lich King.
1-18-2009 @ 6:25PM
Knights of the Ebon Blade? The means, the end, and the greater cause?
1-18-2009 @ 7:12PM
To be fair, a lot of this is perspective. In WC3, we saw it from Arthas's perspective, so he seemed a lot more gray and morally conflicted. From outside, he's pure evil with a cherry on top.
1-18-2009 @ 8:24PM
I disagree, Warcraft is full of very good examples of moral grey areas. Both the Horde and Alliance are rife with examples of both villains and heroes, moral high grounds and acts of depravity. There's a lot of questionable moral territory. Yes, big nasty things like the Lich King and the Burning Legion are undeniably *eeevviiill*, but that doesn't discount the fact that there's a lot of nicely nuanced characterization going on too.My favourite example of this would be the progression of the Horde in WotLK. There's a fascinating evolution as different elements of the Horde, and Orcs in particular, break into factions who prefer the old, brutal ways (Garrosh, Agmar) and those trying to keep it together and forge something better on the moral compass (Thrall, Saurfang). It's very nicely written.
1-19-2009 @ 4:01AM
Gotta disagree here.Good v Bad being black and white and WoW is totally off the mark IMO.Nearly every single conflict has grey areas. The conflict between the Alliance and Horde. Scryers and Aldor. Those Centaurs in Desolace. The Defias culling in the deadmines. The almost ritualistic slaughtering of endangered species in the name of Nesingwary.We've murdered, stolen, raided, rummaged, snuck, assassinated and tortured our way through the three continents of Azeroth and the entirety of the Outlands all in the name of gold,"experience" and loot. Not a bit of that seems "Black and white" to me. Heck my character summons up sentient beings to do fight for him against their will.Even Arthas isn't the most "Black and White" baddie we've had so far and he was corrupted by a third party whilst doing what he thought was for the greater good at the time(supposedly) some in game characters consider him redeemable still. Are the Ebonblade "black" or "white" btw? How about the Scarlet Crusade/Onslaught? There are hundreds of examples of grey areas in WoW
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