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12-09-2009 @ 9:18AM
I have Alliance pride.. in private. I feel that if I show Alliance pride in a public space, people are just going to call me a 12 year old boy and treat me like I have brain damage. Just because I don't play the 'tough' and 'counterculture' Horde doesn't mean I'm some kind of lesser person.Sure, there's some truth behind the little kids on Alliance thing, but you find those on both sides. I'm proud of the Alliance from a lore standpoint. Sure, Varian's kind of a retard sometimes, but I feel there's a certain nobility and quiet pride of the humans, Draenei, etc; something the Horde doesn't have. The Horde seems to be the 'louder' of the two sides, what with their battlecries and their portrayal as ruthless and bloodthirsty in the Warcraft media. Makes sense that people who prefer a more forthright and vocal outlook on life would choose the similar side, and therefore have a natural instinct to be more vocal about their support.The difference, I think, is best illustrated in our two Shaman spells: Bloodlust vs. Heroism. I like the noise heroism makes over bloodlust; it's like a bunch of soldiers putting their weapons together and cheering as they muster their strength to take down a foe 'together'. Bloodlust just kind of sounds like an individual orc going on a rampage.
12-09-2009 @ 9:52AM
This is the best remark I've seen, and I concur. I'm Alliance main, and fiercely proud of being human. But it is a quiet nobility, a pride of self and a sense of worth and heroism. I'm not out to rub it in anyone's nose, and much as much as I think Varian is a dork and an dangerous leader, as Garrosh will be, I'll still take on any damn Hordie who tries to walk into Stormwind and kill my king. That said, I still play Horde occasionally, and played Horde as my "main" for the first year or two I played. I encountered the most egregiously juvenile behavior I ever saw on Horde and not on Alliance. If I had to guess why Horde is better represented in the mosaic than Alliance... I have paid attention to the endless tweets from @Warcraft on building the mosaic, I have considered going over to add to it... but I don't feel I have anything to prove.
12-09-2009 @ 11:43AM
I find the "alliance are all 12 yr olds" stereo type to be quite amusing. Of course, you know who's spreading this stereotype? The horde 12 yr olds and basement dwellers who wish they were still 12. :P Okay, maybe 14.But seriously, think hard about the teens and tweens that you know. What faction are they more likely to be attracted to? The normal, default, "good guys"? Or the "evil"/misunderstood/oppressed badasses?You know, because all the teens prefer Luke over Vader. :P
12-09-2009 @ 12:52PM
I was about to make a similar statement. Alliance players can't show their pride without being metaphorically attacked by Horde players.A good example of this the the J!nx website. They have a system up where people can post pictures of themselves wearing the products they sell, and other people can make comments on these pictures.Go find any picture of somebody wearing an Alliance t-shirt, any picture, and look at the comments. Every one I have looked at without exception has had Horde players making comments putting the Alliance or sometimes even the person in the picture down. You don't see the Alliance being rude to the Horde players when they post their shirt pictures. The only place I've seen where Alliance have enough relative safety to show any pride is the comments in a Totemly Cool video. And on that note, throw up the A-sign! FOR THE ALLIANCE, F**K THE HORDE!!!
12-09-2009 @ 4:08PM
@OniTotemlyCool for the win."For the Horde? Hell no! Fuck the Horde! That's right!"
12-09-2009 @ 4:34PM
@DoctorOnline -- I think you just summed up perfectly how I feel about the Alliance. One thing I find odd is how much Alliance players are looked down upon by Horde players. In my experience I've seldom seen the opposite. When I meet a WoW player IRL and they play Horde, the look of smug dislike for me the moment they find out I play Alliance is off-putting and childish. I seldom see that same reaction to Horde from Alliance and I personally think there's something great about both factions. The Alliance players I know don't seem to care much about faction either way. The Horde players I know -- faction is everything and their faction is how the identify themselves in-game (and even IRL). I don't feel the need to shout my individuality from the rooftops and I've never felt a strong desire to be part of the "us against them" mentality that I see in the Horde players.
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