Friday, August 21, 2009

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

Hey everybody! I know I haven't updated in a while, despite a healthy flow of comics and material of which to write. This is because I am lazy. Aaanyway, something that came out today piqued my interest, so today I'm going to write about the preview of the new WoW expansion: Cataclysm.

I used to play WoW quite a bit, but a combination of screwing the lore of the game with random retcons, an inability to get anything good from the game without hours and hours of play (which I just don't have), their pandering to the goddamn casual gamers, and the fact that it just became boring, led me to quit that crippling addiction.

I still keep up on what's going on, should I ever desire to come back, just in case. Recently, I noticed something on Ctrl-Alt-Del talking about the next WoW expansion, called Cataclysm. (The link with the details is here if you want the preliminary details.) I didn't think much of it, and a lot of it, didn't seem to make sense, like the new race/class combinations and the fact that goblins would be a playable race.

Well my friends, it has come true. Yeah, it was announced at Blizzcon, and soon we'll start getting the details and such. But I mean, look at this trailer. Okay, the fact that everything's getting its ass kicked is awesome, but honestly, the trailer doesn't make it seem all that exciting. The one introducing a land caked in ice and introducing dead people as a class was more exciting than the trailer showing the world blowing up and going to shit. Then there's the Worgen, wolf-people whose backstory was introduced in World of Warcraft as evil things from another dimension, only it seems to be quickly retconned as some sort of werewolf curse.

Blizzard has a history of changing the lore, as with Draenei, who at first looked like this:

In order to make them a playable race, altered their backstory to make them the same as a type of demons, the Eredar, and subsequently changed them to look like this:

But at least that was changed between Warcraft III and World of Warcraft.

Next is the fact that certain races will get new classes. One of the most ridiculous is that of a Tauren Paladin. Tauren are shamanistic cow people, all at one with nature and shit. Paladins are holy warriors. Think an indian becoming a priest. Add this to the fact that they'll be almost unstoppable, it's going to suck. Another inexplicable class is the Night Elf Mage. Night Elves, as part of their history, became addicted to magic for a short while, and as such, swore off it, and anyone who used it was considered a criminal, like Illidan, who was imprisoned for 10,000 years. But no, now Mages are A-Okay.

I'm not playing WoW right now, and I doubt I will any time soon, and there are parts of this new expansion that definitely make me more reluctant. On the other hand, a lot of it, like the entire old world of Azeroth being revamped in a Cataclysmic disaster the likes of which never seen before. I'll keep checking up on development, and we'll just see how things turn out.

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