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9-03-2011 @ 6:20PM
Another reason not to play Tauren is that their casting and weapon animations are *incredibly boring* - particularly male Tauren.WRT the cultural appropriation thing - this is true, and another bit of evidence that points to Blizzard being composed entirely of straight white guys from the suburbs. They're not malicious as such, they just don't *think* about it. Trolls got off fairly lightly though, if you consider the pygmies. And the trolls, being a kind of mashup of Jamaican, African, and other "primitive" cultures as viewed through the lens of straight white guys from the suburbs, aren't as bad as the tauren, who are pretty much a straight pastiche of Great Plains Indians - again viewed through the lens of straight white guys from the suburbs.The main reason I have trouble playing trolls is that their run animations are seriously flawed - particularly the female troll's. I can't quite articulate why it is, but the female troll run makes me seasick.Orcs, well, male orcs are shaped like vending machines. Same problem with male tauren and male humans, really; I'm not interested in playing anything whose closest common ancestor appears to have been a Lego man. And Thrall, for all his good qualities, displays an *astounding* lack of foresight in just about everything he does - which is not exactly a good trait in someone whose title is "Farseer".And goblins, well, goblin shamans just never really clicked for me. Oh, sure, the lore makes as much sense as any of Blizzard's other lore, it just feels ... off. Plus the male goblins look like little wizened potatoes.
9-03-2011 @ 9:22PM
I found it funny that the author dislikes Trolls because their culture was appropriative but loved Tauren. Tauren culture is no less appropriative, taken straight from common native american mythos (not necessarily fact). Honestly, I find that almost all WoW's race's cultures are fairly appropriative. Blizzard hasn't shown a lot of originality in the culture department. Even the Orcs and the so-called "New Horde" that people seem to think is new and fresh is just using the standard "noble savage" trope.
9-03-2011 @ 10:42PM
@jealouspirate: I was totally coming in here to say that.
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