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10-24-2011 @ 2:17PM
I'm torn. One one side, I love real life pandas. On the other, I like the center-cut, medium rare sweet spot of my lore to be serious, not roley-poley silly.
10-24-2011 @ 2:19PM
Case in point. Go youtube "sneezing baby panda". Eh? EH?
10-24-2011 @ 2:25PM
Sneezing baby panda is cute, but or all the non believers who think pandas are just adorable: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubZimS4E3F0 Granted, after nearly ripping the guys arm off, it goes back to being ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE!
10-24-2011 @ 2:39PM
LOL totally just had a Tropic Thunder moment there...."I just killed what I love the most" "You killed a hooker? oh no. alright heres what.." "No..I killed a panda"
10-25-2011 @ 3:21PM
If you can, watch the Lore Q and A the specifically address this question. The main point that was made is "We wouldn't make a whole xpac about an April's Fool joke." The lore will be just as rich and fulfilling as the rest of the game. Ignore the fact that they're pandas and look more at where the lore is coming from. To me it seems to be based off of Buddhist and perhaps Shaolin monks. Don't jump the gun and just assume the lore will be soft because the Pandaren are.
10-24-2011 @ 3:05PM
But that's just the thing. We don't -know- that they'll be 'rolly poley silly'. Yes, the racials are currently kind of silly. But Humans had 'Every man for himself' at first too, and the Goblin racials aren't exactly filled with seriousness. But that's just a glimpse at the racials. We know nothing about them, at all.We only know the story of -one- Pandarin. One. Out of an entire race, we know Chen Stormsnout wandered around saying 'Hi!' to people within the rts games and evidence of him doing so in WoW (his lost keg in the barrens and I seriously, seriously hope my horde toons are acknowledged for having found it when we meet him). People are basing their entire knowledge on the race on the existence of a single character, what about the rest of his people? We've even already been told that the turtle starting island Pandaren are drastically different from the main island Pandaren. Like Anne said, there's just so much that hasn't been said yet.Saying they're going to be silly and non serious is like being an alien and coming across earth, encountering -just- a comedian or someone foolish and silly, the only guy they meet for years, and writing off the entire planet as filled with stupid silly people and leaving.If anything, we should be excited about the fact that we honestly, truly do not know about them, and it's going to be quite an experience to find out.
10-24-2011 @ 3:06PM
JimmeB brings up a great point: "Don't jump the gun and just assume the lore will be soft because the Pandaren are."In fact, Pandaren could be the most hardcore badasses we'll ever meet. Just because someone looks serene and deceptively passive doesn't mean they won't kick your butt if otherwise provoked. The mightiest of fighters don't always have to be all weapon and armor and raging battlecries. Their outward peace and-- for lack of a better word-- stoicism actually points directly to "dead serious." The silly aspects that we assume are present will only work to balance out the "dead serious" aspect of the Pandaren. And, if anything, that's exactly what the Pandaren are all about: balance.Do we take the Trolls less seriously because they are, thematically, the laid-back, breezy Caribbean types? It is their history of warmongering and the berserking ability that sets them apart and eliminates any "hammocks swaying in the breeze under a coconut tree" images we had of them.We know little to nothing about the Pandaren and, frankly, from a lore perspective, I am excited as hell to find out more.
10-25-2011 @ 3:45AM
It's possible to strike a perfect balance between silly and serious. Discworld does it extremely well. I have faith in Blizzard to pull it off.
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