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4-03-2012 @ 1:43AM
I have a few notes:-There are two types of story writing. 1) Have the entire story arc pre-planned, and have it unfurl slowly over the duration of the game. This is what you imply that Blizzard does. 2) Create a chapter. Finish. Create a new chapter. Finish. Create a new chapter, tying in something from a previous chapter because it sounds cool. Finish. Continue like this forever, never really pre-planning an entire character arc in advance. This is what Blizzard ACTUALLY does.Examples: -Garrosh. In TBC, he was a nice dude. End of character development. Wotlk begins to be created, and Blizz wants to have a new guy on the offensive. They chose to bring in Garrosh and retcon his personality to fit this random new improvised story. Then they plan Cata. They decide Cata = Thrall's story, so they chose to fill the Warchief role with Garrosh. It'll stir the pot, why not? Now MoP is being created. Lets kill Garrosh! Why the hell not? We've dug ourselves into an irreversible hole with his character, so kill him off.End of Garrosh story arc. (Note: Do you REALLY think that when they made him in TBC that he was preordained to be a final tier raid boss at 90 in the Panda expansion? Fuck no.)TL;DR- My point is, this Cata story arc starts and ENDS in Cata. There is no "It will get better." It's actually: "THIS IS HOW IT IS. PERIOD. NO CHANGES IN SIGHT UNTIL THEY GET ANOTHER BRAINFART."Blizzard does think of things in the span of years. It's just 1-2 years. It's per-expansion.
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