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5-28-2010 @ 8:08PM
Dawnseven echos alot of my own personal sentiment.Within the lore of the game, The majority of the Horde races have backstories which involve them getting the short end of the stick. Take the orcs. Before they freed themselves, they were a slave race bred to fight as disposable shock troops for the legion. Or the forsaken, whose only crime was being in the wrong place at the wrong time & being cursed with undeath. Horde are the underdogs, and have a very ingrained 'rising above our past to make a better future' attitude.The Alliance on the other hand, while not without their own personal tragedies, are generally depicted at being at the top of the totem pole. They are the just, the proud, the righteous, and the good. It's all white linen sheets and holier than thou arrogance to boot. They represent in many ways, idealised beauty/escapism. i.e: Everyone is pretty. everything looks fantastic. All's right in the world, we can do no wrong: The classic Hero.On the IRL, many people favor the underdogs. Like people who love their terrible local sports team , even if they're not the greatest or best looking players. Or villains in fiction that have redeeming qualities which turn them around in the end. People LOVE stories of overcoming insurmountable obstacles. The Horde, as a simple IDEA, speaks to the oppressed underdog mindset. In many ways, It makes them easier to relate to, and there's alot of pride, loyalty, and almost familial ties to that idea. Very much an 'us against THEM' attitude. Brothers (& Sisters) in arms.And on the flipside, many people like or enjoy the idea of idealised escapism. Culturally and socially we're geared toward favoring the beautiful or working toward an idealised vision of self/the world. Classic fantasy is full of idealised imagery and ideas which are undeniably popular. Who wouldn't want to run around playing the hero, loved by all, feared by your enemies? The appeal of The Alliance seems to lie in these ideals. I Started on a PVP server (gorefiend). I later played on PVE (zul'jin), and even some RP/RP PVP(sentinels, Twisting Nether). In years of playing, I've met alot of fantastic and equally terrible people who played both horde or alliance, which leads me to this statement: Just because you play Alliance doesn't make you more mature, or make you a better person, or make you less aggressive, or less prideful, etc. The exact same applies to Horde players. Race or faction doesn't really matter. if the person behind the keyboard is a complete jerk, it doesn't matter if they're Jorde or Alliance: they're still a jerk. If a server is full of jerks, then a server is full of jerks. OH WELL
5-31-2010 @ 12:14PM
Because nothing says idealised escapism like playing a drunk, scottish midget.
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