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2-23-2010 @ 2:26PM
Great, more story that takes place out of the game. I don't read the novels or comics and I shouldn't have to in order to be up to date with the story of the game. I don't have a problem with expanded universes but Blizzard needs to pick a cannon and stick with it. I shouldn't have to be up to date on the novels/comics to be up to date on the game. If they want to publish novel they need to be in addition to, not part of the main plot of the game.Varian Wrynn was a huge quest line for Alliance and then after waiting for it to be completed, the whole story was wrapped up in a comic. What a disappointment that was; what a waste of a potentially epic quest line.
2-23-2010 @ 2:32PM
Completely agree. Every bit of integral lore that is put in a comic or book instead of in-game ends up making the game slightly worse as a result.
2-23-2010 @ 2:35PM
In a perfect world, they could tell the story in game. But MMORPGs, as many lore fans have learned, are not the best mediums to portray a story. The world cannot really change (though Blizzard has made great strides towards remedying this), EVERYONE must be the hero, you kill far more characters than you have time to create and build up, and there are so many "cooks in the kitchen" writing quests you're bound to have conflict of ideas.At least the story is getting TOLD, and told better than it probably could in game. Without the comics and novels, we'd probably get far, far less lore and storyline progression overall. It's the lesser of two evils.
2-23-2010 @ 4:03PM
You can generally get a pretty good idea of what happens in the ancillary products by reading reviews. I agree that you shouldn't have to buy the related materials to get the whole story, but the Internet provides a pretty easy way around the problem. I'm pretty leery of books licensed to franchises, though I've heard only good things about Christie Golden. Given how much reading I'm doing to prep for grad school, however, the Warcraft books are kind of low on my list of priorities.
2-23-2010 @ 4:53PM
@bob/agreeIt's funny too how Jaina still has the same dialogue in Theramore (last I checked) about letting us know when she finds out any new information.And then of course there's the AWFUL (imo) retcon of, "Oh sorry players, you never actually fought Onyxia at all. You never even knew who Katrana Prestor was. Your king did it all. Did we mention he was two people?" -_-I love Warcraft more than any other fictional universe, but really??I really hope they don't do this again. "Oh, Blizz just made it canon that *insert lore figure here* killed *insert boss here*. Damn, let me go completely rework my character's history."/apologize for major digression
2-23-2010 @ 5:01PM
What Omacron said. And seriously, you *can't* go through the game acting like what happens to your character is part of the main loreverse. Complaining that some major lore figure killed Onyxia rather than you is utterly silly. There's also a million other players who killed that same lore figure instead of you. If you can't process this as essentially a million parallel universes, or just understand "it's only a game", you really shouldn't be playing MMO's, because what you're asking of the lore-wizards is in fact utterly impossible in an MMO. They do this sort of thing because they *must* if there is to be any storyline at all that doesn't make you completely irrelevant. Your story is a different story than mine, and guess what, it's a different story than Jaina's too.
2-24-2010 @ 1:09AM
@ArtificialIt's not silly at all. Yes, obviously not EVERY player can kill the same boss, but in the actual canon there is that whole business of "a group of adventurers." You may imagine your character(s)/guild as those adventurers and I may imagine mine, but the outcome is the same essentially. With Onyxia this was removed and replaced by a more clear event that made ANY player character action non-existent. By claiming that it's silly to imagine player characters killing bosses you pretty much undermine the entire point of the game. It's silly to imagine that player characters ever actually do anything? Are you suggesting the game is a fantasy version of its own fantasy universe? Is what I'm saying actually making sense?Need. Sleep. -__-
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