Mar 23rd 2012 12:02AM @Cyroselle
The way I understood it is the Pandaren and Pandaria is more light-hearted in nature the Pandaren won't have you face a "zomg panda Lich King that'll kill everyone", but rather more 'local' problems.
The expansion however seems to be following this concept of imperialism the game will be more playful and fun without any patches but as the patches start coming out you can see the Alliance and Horde influence more and more in Pandaria and you'll see this beautiful zone ravaged by the horrors of the Azerothian war that the Pandaren are stuck in the middle of.
The playfulness and lightheartedness is there to emphasize the damage and extent of the Horde and Alliance conflict.
Think of the playfulness as a "before" any patches/advancements on the conflict storyline whereas the blood burning killing and all out total war is the "after"
Pandaria and its landscape almost looks Utopian but it won't after the Alliance and Horde are there fighting it out for a while. Think of it as almost as imperialism/colonization. When they imperialistic nation(s) (or in this case warring factions) come in they bring in good but with the good also comes all the bad from the "old world"
It's pretty ingenious imo
Mar 22nd 2012 6:43PM @extispex I'm more concerned about the blatant racism, the picture doesn't include any Asian, Mexican, Black, Jewish, or Tongan; and don't even get me started on the implications this has for interracial relationships
Mar 22nd 2012 6:22PM @extispex And so it begins...
Mar 19th 2012 10:11AM The new method of storytelling/development and the new battleground looks pretty interesting
Mar 17th 2012 3:49PM @BaneBergan I agree completely, I personally find things like Steam to be more social than Facebook and other 'social networks'
Mar 13th 2012 6:29PM @Joaquin Crowe It would probably be a prequel to the ME triology.
the ME universe is filled with rich history and a plethora of interesting events. (creation of the genophage, Rachni war, reapers wiping out Protheans, etc.)
Mar 13th 2012 6:24PM @freebase Not nessecarily, in their first SWTOR report they referred to the accounts still in the free month as "trial period" or something similar yet they counted towards the sub numbers, it wouldn't be that crazy to say that this is being done to pad their sub numbers
Mar 13th 2012 1:52AM @Beau Hindman Paying to pay a game for a certain bulk of time =/= a sub?
If you pay $X for a few hours of a game your still subbing, your buying game time it just is in a much smaller increment than if you were to buy months of gameplay time.
Back in the day of AOL the only type of 'sub' for an MMO was hourly based
Point is a sub is a sub simply because they have other payment methods doesn't mean we shouldn't count them especially considering how any MMO dev can, and have, entered the Asian market using similar systems.
If devs are counting Asian subs towards their total sub numbers then why shouldn't we do so for other devs?
Mar 12th 2012 3:27AM @legacybush Damn your gullible
Mar 4th 2012 1:15PM How has Stormwind not been mentioned yet