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3-03-2012 @ 9:52AM
It depends on the MMO, but in Warcraft, factions serve the purpose of allowing the players to chooses which side of a conflict they want to play on. At its most basic level, WoW is the classic fantasy trope of monsters vs demihumans, and amidst that backdrop, various events often interfere with and delay the conflict. The relevance of factions depends heavily on the story writers, and over the last three expansions, that role has been set aside because of various "greater evils." There's no point in fighting to control the world if Kil'Jaeden/Arthas/Deathwing comes along and destroys it.I would love to see cross-faction raiding, I really would, but something I would like to see more is for faction choices to actually have more impact and relevance, and for a lot less vilifying of the Horde and a lot less sugarcoating of the Alliance. Pushing the whole "Horde is savage and evil" bit is as tired and boring as the "Alliance is noble and true" crap that some plots have tried to peddle.
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