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7-25-2011 @ 3:13AM
A common thread I see here is about the Horde bias. I'm starting to see the reason for it.The Horde is the new tradition and as such represented by the newer generation. Most people more easily identify with the plight of the Horde because they too are trying to make their place in the world. Most can identify badassery by the actions the Horde takes to prove itself more so than the Alliance actions to neutralize the bigger threats. Does that make them less?Many people don't realize just how upsetting Rock 'n Roll originally was. The counter-culture movements of yesteryear are just mainstream today and even fading back as the next generation crap becomes mainstream.The band formerly known as L80C had to be made by Horde races because that kind of music is a descendant of the cultures involved. The Shamanistic gospel met the jazz beats and when the Undead angst came in, bam.Interestingly enough as Rock went through it's paces and remixed, disco and pop ascended. There is a reason the Exodar Disco came to be and it's not just the natural chandelier/disco ball at the bottom of the ship. An Alliance version of L80C would be mixing up the old disco/pop into the new dance music. I bet Brann could pop-lock better than a gnomish robot and I also wouldn't be surprised to see Varian moonwalk as good as most Night Elves. Still, most people wouldn't relate a Draenei turning tables atop an elek atop a turtle drifting through space (or something) as nearly as badass as an undead shredding on a dinosaur on top of a shark with frikkin laser beams, but I'd switch to Alliance if they made it happen. In fact, the Alliance L80C version would be awesome. A dwarf on his axe, male gnome goin nuts on his electronic drumset, draenei male on keyboard with occassional vocal part and covering the band breaks with his turntable skillz, while a male nelf and female human take turns being main leads/dancer.And that's just it. The Horde is made to be "badass" and "wicked" (both literally and figuratively) while the Alliance is just cool. One incites a more emotional response while both are awesome.tl;dr - The Horde bias is the natural progression of the developers being able to relate more to them. The Alliance could be just as cool, but it's not something Americans embrace as easily. I would love to see what would happen if some of those in the cultures the Alliance is influenced from came and made the game.PS- Wrath was a fairly balanced expansion as Alliance got lore and history (what it values) while Horde got some strength and badassery (things its races value). Cata is out of balance because the Alliance didn't get the culture it potentially could have while the Horde did develop more strength (though less honor so a wash on overall badassery). I also still think they could have done a better job of getting both sides to help the Twilight Highland war. Perhaps there should have been more black dragonflight presence so we could do like icecrown and help some cause and do more to help hold the lines while not directly engaging player versus player. Skirmishes are one thing, but directly going for objectives in an established town just can't be balanced well without calling for PvP directly.
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