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5-07-2009 @ 9:21AM
To be fair, anyone who expects Tolkien or even Tracy and Hickman, out of WOW is really not only making an unfair comparion, but is entirely off base. J.R.R. Tolkien was an Oxford Fellow, one of the pillars of his profession of culture and linguistics. And his writings were literally the product of decades of work. Warcraft on the other hand is descended from what is basically a Command and Conquer game which originally only had a crude map and some text with the names like "Black Morass" and "Stormwind Keep" to dress it up. Considering that the Lore is an afterthought, it's actually not that bad. Jarod's not that bad a name after all there were Jarods long before there were Subways. Although to tell the truth, it would have been better used as a Human name, but the same could be said for Maiev as well. Warcraft fiction has always had a heavy camp element mixed in with the drama, in some ways it's kind of how Batman has swung between heavy drama and heavy camp in his developmental history.
5-07-2009 @ 9:35AM
Yeah, the thing that alot of people knock Warcraft lore for, is exactly one of the reasons why I like it; it doesn't take itself too seriously. Its a refreshing change of pace from all that super-serious fantasy out there, and I personally think the Blizzard creative team did a fantastic job of going back and creating a universe around the games, after they realized the potential of the IP. Yeah they've made some changes and "retcons" here and there as its progressed, but so what, this is fiction people, not like they are going back and changing the outcome of The War of 1812 or something.
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