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  dreamscaper

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Joined: 8/14/08
Posts: 1582

10/27/11 6:05:52 PM#21

The unreasonable hate leveled at the Pandarens is so annoying. I didn't buy Cata, but I may give MoP a shot.


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  DarkQ

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Joined: 9/25/08
Posts: 7

10/27/11 7:15:30 PM#22

Lots of different cultures are represented in WoW...but no asian ones. It only makes sense that they they get added eventually.


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  Xiaoki

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Joined: 3/07/04
Posts: 2609

10/27/11 8:09:55 PM#23


Originally posted by reanor
They hope on Chinese players because all the Americans, German, French are looking forward to SWTOR. Its obvious logic. Blizzard knows that a LOT of people will switch to SWTOR for at least a month to see whats what and take abreak. And to still accumulate the funds they need to keep their WoW car running, so they are releasing expansion centered on Asian players which in WoW are few millions.

Mists of Pandaria will probably be banned in China because of the whole "can not depict violence towards pandas" law.


Dont quite understand the hate Pandarens are getting on the message boards. Guess all these kids on MMORPG.com were too young to play Warcraft 2 or 3.

  User Deleted
10/27/11 8:17:22 PM#24
Originally posted by Xiaoki

 


Originally posted by reanor
They hope on Chinese players because all the Americans, German, French are looking forward to SWTOR. Its obvious logic. Blizzard knows that a LOT of people will switch to SWTOR for at least a month to see whats what and take abreak. And to still accumulate the funds they need to keep their WoW car running, so they are releasing expansion centered on Asian players which in WoW are few millions.


Mists of Pandaria will probably be banned in China because of the whole "can not depict violence towards pandas" law.

 


Dont quite understand the hate Pandarens are getting on the message boards. Guess all these kids on MMORPG.com were too young to play Warcraft 2 or 3.

there were pandas in warcraft2? man, we played that thing to death and never saw any. i miss that game for the peon wars.

but, pandas in warcraft2? have they been releasing new expansion packs to that, too?

  Laughing-man

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I thought what I'd do is I'd pretend I was one of those Deaf-mutes.

10/27/11 8:21:59 PM#25
Originally posted by Xiaoki

 


Originally posted by reanor
They hope on Chinese players because all the Americans, German, French are looking forward to SWTOR. Its obvious logic. Blizzard knows that a LOT of people will switch to SWTOR for at least a month to see whats what and take abreak. And to still accumulate the funds they need to keep their WoW car running, so they are releasing expansion centered on Asian players which in WoW are few millions.


Mists of Pandaria will probably be banned in China because of the whole "can not depict violence towards pandas" law.

 


Dont quite understand the hate Pandarens are getting on the message boards. Guess all these kids on MMORPG.com were too young to play Warcraft 2 or 3.

Kung Fu Panda was very successful in China, it had panda's in violent situations.

methinks you should research your info.

  firegamer31

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Joined: 8/17/07
Posts: 30

10/27/11 8:50:27 PM#26

the lore got butchered with burning crusade.....dranai...aliens? really??? spaceships??? the gnomes cant even build a robot chicken and you bring dranai into game with space ships........anyways wow before the release of the MOA expansion had stated they were good for 2 more expansions and wimpy kung fu pandas is a show that the last 2 will be for the fans......and not in a good way....

 

 

IMO wow is a sinking ship in a vast market and is focusing on the next competitive game as they tend to the babies of wow....good riddance great future guys

  Acebets70

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Joined: 2/08/11
Posts: 219

10/27/11 9:07:57 PM#27

They are following the Smedley playbook , now its more Warcraft iconicly !!!!


  DrSpanky

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Joined: 5/26/07
Posts: 346

"my favorite thing is a Gyro"--Malibu Dan

10/27/11 9:58:37 PM#28

I ain't gonna lie, I really want to play a panda monk.

I just don't know if I want to play WOW again.

I had a great time in wow, but it's time has passed for me.

It's a proven historical fact that beer saved humankind.

  Dreamo84

Defender of Worlds

Joined: 5/20/04
Posts: 3468

I actually still like MMORPGs

10/27/11 10:18:03 PM#29

So a big bull can be a race and stupid rasta mon troll with large teeth is fine but Pandas are the end of the world?


People need to just learn to enjoy things. This expansions sounds pretty nice, glad to see them not focusing strictly on the dungeon raid progression for once.


  Loke666

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Joined: 10/29/07
Posts: 17527

10/27/11 10:20:50 PM#30
Originally posted by dreamscaper

The unreasonable hate leveled at the Pandarens is so annoying. I didn't buy Cata, but I may give MoP a shot.

Agreed, I can understand if people are upset just when they hear it, pandas are rather silly but this is way out of line.

I think the panda and Pokemon ideas are both rather silly but if you can't stand it, just quit. There are other games out there both my little pony cute alá freerealms and tera and gritty bloody game like AoC. 

But the topic is getting way out of hand now, everybody do have the right to say there opinion but doing so many times just leads to flamewars that accomplish nothing at all.

It also totally taken the discussion away of all the other features of the expansion.

If you don't like it, just quit ASAP. If enough people will do, Blizzard will change their mind. If they notice something is going too far they ain't afraid of fixing it,m that is why SC: Ghost never released even though the game was ready to go go gold when they cancelled it. Forum rage wont accomplish that however, lost accounts is another matter.

Making 200 posts about the same thing ain't helping anyone.

  Loke666

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Joined: 10/29/07
Posts: 17527

10/27/11 10:31:41 PM#31
Originally posted by Fendel84M

So a big bull can be a race and stupid rasta mon troll with large teeth is fine but Pandas are the end of the world?

People need to just learn to enjoy things. This expansions sounds pretty nice, glad to see them not focusing strictly on the dungeon raid progression for once.

Minotaurs and trolls have old mythological roots, both are thousads of years old, minotaurs from Greece and trolls from Scandinavia.

Panda fighters might appear in some old Chinese folk story but none I ever heard about which means that most likely are comming from Ranma 1/2. While they did a weird appearance in WC3 the debate at the time were also hot at times.

We can discuss just how Wow makes the trolls and minotaurs, the trolls are pretty pathetic to a norse like me, but the issue if they fit in the warcraft lore or not is still different from those 2 others. Particualarly the trolls who have been in since the first Warcraft game long ago.

Personally however, the thing that sticks to my eyes is really the art. The focused on making the pandas cute and furry (big teeths or not) and the buildings and backgrounds are actually ugly. Wows art were the best out there when Wow launched in late 2004, now it is a lot worse. And that is bad news, great art can let older games look more new.

It seems to me that Blizz best artists work on Titan and Diablo 3 nowadays.

  Trevek

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Joined: 10/10/04
Posts: 18

10/28/11 12:16:33 AM#32

I NEVER post, here or any forums really.  However, this expansion made my jaw drop.  Hanging up WoW for good.  I don't think I could pick up a copy of a game with a big furry panda on it at the store, and keep a straight face or my pride.  Not at age 28.....they have lost sight of their old target audience, and are now scraping for something else.

  Wraithone

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Joined: 7/09/04
Posts: 3612

If you can't kill it, don't make it mad.

10/28/11 1:44:35 AM#33
Originally posted by reanor

Originally posted by Neverdyne

I don't get why people think WoW is doing an Asian themed expansion because of its playerbase in China. The fact is, Asian style architecture and culture is very distinct from ours, and gives a whole new flavor to games. Many MMOs have done Asian themed expansions, from Age of Conan to Everquest; why can't WoW? It adds to the diversity of styles in the game. I didn't see anyone complain when WotLK had a huge Nordic influence. 





 

They hope on Chinese players because all the Americans, German, French are looking forward to SWTOR. Its obvious logic. Blizzard knows that a LOT of people will switch to SWTOR for at least a month to see whats what and take abreak. And to still accumulate the funds they need to keep their WoW car running, so they are releasing expansion centered on Asian players which in WoW are few millions.

 

ToR starts in Dec this year.  MoP isn't likely to launch until late summer, fall NEXT year.  I doubt that Blizzard really cares about ToR at this point in their cycle.  As for the focus, of course it makes sense from a business stand point. Blizzard could lose all of its NA and European players and still have millions and millions in Asia.  Not to mention cash shops are considered normal in Asia. 

  Mothanos

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Joined: 10/20/10
Posts: 1904

10/28/11 1:47:10 AM#34

Carebears and pokemon is what we get next expansion...


Will be painfull to see what will happen in 2012 when Swtor and GW2 hit the shelves.


I for one cannot wait for GW2 , they took a wrong turn in my book and i refuse to play alongside Kung fu Panda's -_-


 


Hyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaawhaaaaaaaaaaatjaaaaaaaaaaaaaa !!!!!!!! -_- ?!?!?! iam to old for this ^^


 


  Wraithone

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Joined: 7/09/04
Posts: 3612

If you can't kill it, don't make it mad.

10/28/11 1:50:33 AM#35
Originally posted by Trevek

I NEVER post, here or any forums really.  However, this expansion made my jaw drop.  Hanging up WoW for good.  I don't think I could pick up a copy of a game with a big furry panda on it at the store, and keep a straight face or my pride.  Not at age 28.....they have lost sight of their old target audience, and are now scraping for something else.

 

To each their own. I'm well into my 60's and I have no problem with panda monks and such.  I certainly do not link my personal pride or self respect to a game.  Its just an entertaining hobby to me.  

Personally, I'm not at all surprised that Blizzard would make this expansion Asian focused.  The 21st century is after all China's (as the 20th was America's), and their market is huge and growing larger all the time. 

  Supersoups

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Joined: 1/15/11
Posts: 1062

10/28/11 2:13:42 AM#36

Originally posted by Mothanos

Carebears and pokemon is what we get next expansion...




Will be painfull to see what will happen in 2012 when Swtor and GW2 hit the shelves.




I for one cannot wait for GW2 , they took a wrong turn in my book and i refuse to play alongside Kung fu Panda's -_-




 




Hyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaawhaaaaaaaaaaatjaaaaaaaaaaaaaa !!!!!!!! -_- ?!?!?! iam to old for this ^^




 





 


But you are not too old for cute race like Asura? yeah right.


  mmoandrpg

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Joined: 12/19/10
Posts: 14

10/28/11 3:23:33 AM#37

I think  Rob Foote buries some facts,  http://www.dotmmo.com/mists-of-pandaria-5262.html









 










 




 

  Mors.Magne

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Joined: 3/02/07
Posts: 1432

10/28/11 3:41:10 AM#38
Originally posted by Loke666
Originally posted by dreamscaper

The unreasonable hate leveled at the Pandarens is so annoying. I didn't buy Cata, but I may give MoP a shot.

Agreed, I can understand if people are upset just when they hear it, pandas are rather silly but this is way out of line.

I think the panda and Pokemon ideas are both rather silly but if you can't stand it, just quit. There are other games out there both my little pony cute alá freerealms and tera and gritty bloody game like AoC. 

But the topic is getting way out of hand now, everybody do have the right to say there opinion but doing so many times just leads to flamewars that accomplish nothing at all.

It also totally taken the discussion away of all the other features of the expansion.

If you don't like it, just quit ASAP. If enough people will do, Blizzard will change their mind. If they notice something is going too far they ain't afraid of fixing it,m that is why SC: Ghost never released even though the game was ready to go go gold when they cancelled it. Forum rage wont accomplish that however, lost accounts is another matter.

Making 200 posts about the same thing ain't helping anyone.

Pandas are ok, but doesn't seem enough to base a whole expansion on. 

For example, what they should have done is focus it on something awesome (sea monsters from the deep invading coastal towns + wonderful stories / mysteries, described using dialogue - not writing etc) and then mention Panda monks as a 'by the way'.

  OkhamsRazor

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10/28/11 5:23:58 AM#39

Originally posted by Loke666


Originally posted by Fendel84M


So a big bull can be a race and stupid rasta mon troll with large teeth is fine but Pandas are the end of the world?


People need to just learn to enjoy things. This expansions sounds pretty nice, glad to see them not focusing strictly on the dungeon raid progression for once.



Minotaurs and trolls have old mythological roots, both are thousads of years old, minotaurs from Greece and trolls from Scandinavia.


Panda fighters might appear in some old Chinese folk story but none I ever heard about which means that most likely are comming from Ranma 1/2. While they did a weird appearance in WC3 the debate at the time were also hot at times.


We can discuss just how Wow makes the trolls and minotaurs, the trolls are pretty pathetic to a norse like me, but the issue if they fit in the warcraft lore or not is still different from those 2 others. Particualarly the trolls who have been in since the first Warcraft game long ago.


Personally however, the thing that sticks to my eyes is really the art. The focused on making the pandas cute and furry (big teeths or not) and the buildings and backgrounds are actually ugly. Wows art were the best out there when Wow launched in late 2004, now it is a lot worse. And that is bad news, great art can let older games look more new.


It seems to me that Blizz best artists work on Titan and Diablo 3 nowadays.



 


I can't find any reference however loose to panda people anywhere on the net . Believe me I've been looking . The vast other races in Warcraft seam to be based on western Myth and Legend and have some corresponding god or goddess . Pandas simply don't fit well into a traditional fantasy setting in this respect . Blizzard can do what they want it is thier lore after all but it doesn't mean they can do what they want and for people to accept it en mass . You just have to look at the massive amount of negativity we've seen since the news about this expansion.


If it is indeed in development and a year away . I have a piece of advice for Blizzard . Cancel it . This will only end badly for you .And if your a fan and feel some sort need to protect the game but secretly hate the idea . I would get vocal about it pretty darn quick because you arn't protecting anything because if MOP is released it will be a disater for the game .


We can put a name to the WoW-Killer now . Its called Mists of Pandaria.


  Nirwyl

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10/28/11 5:44:46 AM#40

I am still having a hard time believing this. When I first heard about this it was in the form of a joke/rumor, and I took it to be just that, a joke. Now if it isn't a joke, I don't really understand Blizzard's thinking here. More races and classes are always a good thing, but basing an entire expansion around... pandas. That seems like a pretty big gamble.


Not to say I hate pandas. I really love the movie Kung Fu Panda, and the idea of playing one does hold a certain childish goofish appeal, for about two minutes. But I don't know. Part of me says this must all be a really big joke, because Blizzard couldn't be that dumb right? Then another part of me thinks this is exactly what they want to do, appeal to a younger audience so they can continue slowly switching to a F2P model.


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