Mar 26th 2012 10:53AM @QM: You are glorifying the other races. Gnomes and Dwarves (and to some extent Trolls) had no lore to speak of at the time of WoW launch. Specially gnomes since they only make some few appearances during WIII and WII, and as animations, no hero or npc was ever a gnome in those games.
Then in Burning Crusade: For the Draenei, The "years of established lore" you talk about is 1 (one) mention on the WII manual, and a weird appearance in WII as 'broken'; all to be retconed in WoW. And for the Blood Elves, (oh the blood elves!): The BE were the followers of Kaelthas who supposedly managed to escape with Illidan, if not all, most them; and they supposedly were few of them to begin with. Enter BC we have an entire city full of them who survived the attack of the scourge, didn't manage to escape, but are still mad about that mean, mean human captain who mistreated their beloved Kaelthas, so they join the Horde.
And cataclysm. Worgens. They came out of freaking nowhere. there were 4 worgen hotspots in the whole game, 1 incomplete quest chain, and that's that. Everything about worgens came afterwards.
Pandas? Chen helped Rexxar (The most awesome hero in the whole history of Azeroth and Dreanor) help Thrall build Orgrimar. That's no joke. And that's all there was to it. No retcons, all new from now on. I don't see why it's so far fetched.
Mar 20th 2012 6:54PM I'll just add another view since people are very vocal about their opinion regarding relationships that start as cheating.
Every human being is capable of 'cheating'. It's hard-coded in our behaviour as mammals; that's how the survival of the species has found its way. When two individuals found themselves 'fit' (and that's a purely subconscious analysis) a sexual desire rises. Male humans are more prone to 'cheat' because of the reproduction process we have developed, where a male can engage in reproduction in way shorter spans of time with several females; and we see this pattern in how other mammals compose their packs (some human societies emulate this, even these days) . Also, females are able to draw comparisons and find a more 'fitting' partner to spawn a new generation. There's no rational decisions ( or any decisions whatsoever ) at this point, nothing you could 'blame' on anyone.
Enters conscious behaviour ( and morality ). Now we see the human individual not as an animal but as a sentient being. These sentient beings do have the instinctive impulses we just discussed, but they should be able to decide upon the actions to take from them. And this is the key of the point (slowly) being made. Some of these individuals ACTIVELY seek to find themselves in these situations. The feeling of arousal is indeed a result of unconscious processes, but the situation by which the individual feel aroused was 'set' on purpose for the feelings to arise. THIS is the key of the 'cheating' behaviour one should try to find patterns with.
Not because a person cheated and started a relationship from that cheating one could conclude that said person is prone to cheat on the second relationship. If the first time the cheating was 'induced' by the individual THEN you can PRESUME (note presume. Not know, or be certain) he MIGHT enjoy the 'thrill of the hunt'. But if the 'cheating' came from a healthy relationship, or a sense of awe from a process of interaction, then NO INFERENCE should be made.
Now, how to detect if someone is consciously putting themselves in these situations?
Dunno. My hobby is to study and read about human behaviour, epistemology and TOK. Not about love relationships and heartbreaking stories :P
Best of luck!
Mar 16th 2012 6:41PM @redwinger: nah! Ned took too much responsibility and pain to rise that kid... he wouldn't... he couldn't be... right?... he's not blond... ... right??
Mar 16th 2012 6:37PM I won't spoil your reading by telling you if that statement is correct or not. Whether it's true or false, believe me, it holds no relevance to the story. Were Adam aiming to ruin your life, he could have chosen from the myriad of unexpected (well, might be expected but 'unannounced') and shocking events that ASoIaF has for you. Truly, protect yourself from spoilers. A wrong turn here or there and its all over. ALL OVER.
Mar 7th 2012 12:40PM I don't think so. The WoW community is extremely sensitive and any change, event or joke is rarely taken with the sense of humour it is intended.
The zombie invasion for example, right now you hear people saying how awesome it was and how they want it back, but during the event the forums exploded in QQ because the new mechanic affected people experience, that was not what WoW was about and how their whole life had lost its meaning.
People will find a way to feel aggravated by any unannounced change and will go out of their way to pour their hate and frustration into Blizzard channels. So Blizzard is very cautious on how they manage in game events, so that it doesn't affect players that doesn't want to participate in them.
Now an April's fool that requires previous acknowledgement and consent doesn't sound quite funny to me.
Mar 3rd 2012 7:34PM " who has also survived relentless pursuit from the Legion before Sylvanas was probably even an idea"
@razion: Velen has survived relentless pursuit from the Legion before the night elves were an idea, let alone the highborn, let alone the hegh elves, let alone Quel' thalas, let alone the leven rangers, let alone Silvanas. :P
Jan 30th 2012 10:08PM Don't worry Tirion Fordring doesn't feature in any RTS, not as a major character at least. His story is told in Chris Metzen's "Of Blood and Honor" a short story about this alliance hero whose past deeds (yeah, you don't even see his best years here either) gave him an influential position, after the second war (just before Thrall's new Horde). He meets this cool orc, Etrigg, and the story develops.
The only reference of his heroic battles against the 'old horde' is recorded in the comic 'Ashbringer', where he appears in battle with Alexandros Mograine.
Jan 26th 2012 1:14PM That music will be even more relevant in a few months, when certain capturable beings are going to be brought forth to fight each other until either faints, thus gaining some levels to attain more powerful attacks of which it can only know four.
It's amazing how such a simple concept which I have experienced endless times still excite me the way it does now...
Jan 21st 2012 2:02PM I think they said there was no Warcraft 4 in the near future. But nothing about never having a Warcraft 4.