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3-15-2012 @ 12:19PM
WoW is all about the racial stereotype (fantasy in general, really). Gnomes are adorably optimistic. Blood Elves are shallow, effete snobs. Dwarves are drunken Scotsmen. Pygmies are...we won't go there.Blizzard gets away with it by playing most of the more outrageous stereotypes for laughs, and by generally avoiding offensive real world analogies (but about those pygmies, again...). But if you want to get really serious about it, the tendency in fantasy to assume that race = destiny (behaviour, class, etc) is rooted in racial views from a hundred years ago. In some ways, WoW has challenged these conventions (a more sympathetic portrayal of Orcs, for example). But the trend is still there.
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